It has been a few months since almost everything was put into halt because of COVID -19. Around us, local economies are faltering, healthcare systems are strained and people continue to unexpectedly lose their loved ones, and regret that they couldn’t be with them in their final moments.
As COVID-19 restrictions are gradually lifted across many cities around the globe, and as the world prepares to resume its normal grind, people will have to adapt to the new normal way of doing things.
Here in the Philippines, from enhanced cummunity quarantine, many cities are now under general community quarantine already. Under GCQ, people are allowed to go back to work already and some shopping malls may open up again, of course, under strict measures. But eventhough things are not as strict as compared to when we were under enhanced community quarantine, some Filipinos are still struggling as many got laid off from work.
Also this year, schools will start in August. But this time there will be no face to face classes until the learners’ safety is assured. Some may choose to have online classes, and those who do not have gadgets and internet connection at home will be provided with printed modules or learning materials from Department of Education. Honestly, I am not sure how this distance learning program would work, but I definitely think that this is so much safer for students, teachers, and all of the school staff. Especially because we are still having hundreds of new COVID-19 cases everyday.
COVID-19 took us all by surprise. I cannot think of anything else which has happened with such speed. On the other hand, this pandemic has also showed us how adaptable and resillient humans are. We have all adapted to this “NEW NORMAL” quite easily and we have proven that many of us can follow and survive strict rules.
I know that we are all itching for things to go back to normal. We want our plans to be put back into place, and we miss the freedom we used to have. But we can’t forget that rushing too fast into normal (or even the new normal) could backfire; we could be back to zero before we know it. The battle against this pandemic may still be far from over, but things surely are going to get better and brighter. Let us all stay positive and let us keep working through.
Thank you so very much for taking time to read my entry, Mommies and Daddies. Thank you so much for your support to Englishbuds, and thank you for letting you precious little ones have my lessons. I do hope that you will always be safe and healthy.