The New Normal After The Covid-19 ECQ

Pandemics press the fast-forward button on history. – Yuval Noah Harari

The Covid-19 Crisis has caught us all off-guard. And as we prepare for the day when this quarantine period would end, we ask ourselves — “What is the new normal? What is life after this Covid Crisis? Can we go back to the life we had before this emergency happened?” These are just some of the questions that are on everyone’s mind as the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) is almost coming to an end. But can we really go back to that “normal life” we used to have or will we have to live with the new norms.

As this pandemic continues to turn the world upside down, new realizations starts to dawn on us – there’s no going back to normality. We cannot go back but we can move forward and adapt the new change that we have to face once we open our doors again.

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Some of the new norms foreseen to linger on post-ECQ:

Wearing mask

Back then, we normally only see health professionals and sick people wear masks. Other than them, people wear masks just for their OOTD or simply for fashion. Now, wearing a mask is a necessity to protect ourselves and others from contacting the virus. Don’t sneeze or you’ll freeze!

Washing / Sanitizing our hands

One of the most common way where the virus can spread from one person to another is through physical touching. Regular hand washing with soap and water or using a hand sanitizer and/or alcohol are also one of the best ways to prevent the spread of the virus.

Physical / Social Distancing

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To protect ourselves and others, we must break the chain of transmission by practicing physical and social distancing. To help flatten the curve, we must stay at home and avoid going out unless it’s totally necessary. If there’s really a need for us to go out, e.g., to buy groceries and medicine, or for medical reasons, we must be responsible enough to keep away, at least 1 meter apart, from others in public; queueing for our turn at the cashier, heading to the supermarket, falling in line at the bus station since we can’t really know who may have the virus. Better safe than sorry!

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The old normal is gone. Gone are the days when we can go out freely without fear. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our way of living. Economies crashed, churches and businesses closed, social interaction becomes more virtual than personal, and etc. It has created an impact in our lives and in our economy we had never imagined. Until we can find an antidote, the CORONAVIRUS is here to stay. And whether we like it or not, we will have to embrace the “new normal”.

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This storm too shall pass. And with God as our refuge and strength, we can weather whatever trials the COVID-19 throws at us. As we put on our FACE MASK, it’s also important that we have our FAITH MASK on because God will never let us go astray.

Cherryl V. Guevarra

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