Hey, we earned it. The Philippines has officially made it, and as of this writing, most of the country has been under one of the longest lockdowns in the world, spanning almost a year and a half after the first local transmissions were recorded in 2020. My last post on this blog was about surviving. Here I am, surviving, yet still deeply troubled.
Unfortunately, in a country that remains to be hounded by extreme poverty and poor health care situations, the lockdowns have not been that helpful comma; in my opinion, comma in bringing the best outcome expected to happen. The situation continues to become bleak, with cases rising and plateauing for many months, which was even worsened with the confirmation of local transmissions of the delta variant of the COVID-19 virus.
The city of Iloilo, where I currently live, has been on a great start in the onslaught of the pandemic as it has reason above the challenges post by the virus during its first few months, even turning the moniker ‘Wakanda of the Philippines‘ as people lord and the actions of the local government heads together with the partnership of private institutions to bring a more effective approach in dealing with the communicable disease.
Throughout the months, different countries and governments have initiated their own take on lockdowns and movement restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus and lower the rate of deaths and complications. In the Philippines, these lockdowns are Mark with quarantine protocols directed towards implementing certain industry and general human movement classifications that will love her the risk of the spread of the disease.
It is understood that the prolonged control would result in numerous problems since March of the quarantine orders require institutions to either relocate their work at their employees’ homes, function in a limited capacity, or close altogether. Everyone in the world has faced the same problems, but there are issues, especially the balance of health and economic attention in the Philippines, that need to be given attention. But first, it would be vital to understand what these correcting classifications are and why people react to this as such when lockdowns are being imposed.
Lockdowns as community quarantines
Generally, there are two community quarantine classifications in the country, which are the following: the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and the general community quarantine (GCQ). The former is the stricter measures well, and the latter is the linear part. In between these two are modified classifications that provide a lax approach to the lockdown method, which are modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) and modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).
During its first few months, the impositions were somewhat effective considering that human movement wear strictly controlled and public places were effectively banned from opening. The government’s action then what’s to prevent transmission of the disease while waiting for the vaccines to arrive, even stating that the jabs are the only hope to control the virus in the country. But in a sad twist of fate, when the cases slightly lowered, the quarantine protocols were haphazardly changed and were even decreased to a level that would constitute a new normal.
Is this the only solution?
People are now questioning the veracity of the orders and are even complaining that the community quarantines have been politicized. However, it should be noted that healthcare issues must be embedded in politics for it to be ensured for all. Since the first case of the disease was noted to exist in the Philippines, there has been a clamor to close the borders to prevent the virus from spreading. It was unfortunate that from this single case stemmed numerous problems, and the disease has now spread uncontrollably, with hundreds of people dying from its effects.
It is clear: lockdowns are not the only solution to this problem. The concern here in our city is primarily that of economic nature, with local leaders questioning the closure and the people misinterpreting it as a way to explicitly sabotage the city because of the leaders’ perceived opinions about the national leadership. If lockdowns are imposed, so, too, shall social services, improved healthcare support, and overall good governance guide people to survive. There is surely another way, and I hope all of this will come to pass very soon.
Vaccination rollouts have been underway, yet the country is still too low on the percentage. Encouraging others to have the vaccine could also be another way.