COVID-19 pandemic immediately halted society. Nonessential stores are closed. A few stores are still open but have limited hours and have restrictions on the number of people coming in. During this lockdown, the streets are eerily quiet and it’s almost apocalyptic since everyone is at home.
It’s been a long time since I last sat down and wrote down my thoughts.
It’s currently Day 35 of the Movement Control Order (MCO) in Malaysia since lockdown was first announced by the government last March. News of the novel coronavirus first caught my attention back in January when the lockdown of Wuhan, China (the epicentre of COVID-19) was reported in almost every news outlet. What I didn’t realize at the time however, was that the situation in Wuhan would soon become our own reality in just a span of a month and a half.
Feels good to be appreciated!
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The news around COVID-19 hit me suddenly. I was in the middle of processing a transaction for a customer, when my coworker came to tell me that we’d be under a lockdown starting at midnight. It explained a lot: the rush of customers withdrawing large amounts of cash, the endless busy traffic in the parking lot, the outlandishly long lines at the supermarket across the street, the continuous messages blowing up my phone... I looked at her worriedly, unsure of how we would be affected.
It seems like everything we hear about today is the COVID-19 pandemic, but one thing has been made clear: Center for Disease Control (CDC) now recommends wearing a face mask out in public. While N95 face masks are recommended for health care workers, we as part of the general public should all be wearing a type of hand sewn cloth face masks when running our essential errands outside.
I want to call everyone to action in doing our part to help one another during these anxious times. The COVID-19 pandemic has driven individuals to stock up on much needed supplies. Yet more than ever, now is the time to be compassionate to each other. We need to share our resources, maintain our six feet distance, wash our hands diligently, and clean our surfaces.