It’s both fun and a bit scary listening on what some of your family members have to say about the coronavirus quarantine.
Day 5 of community quarantine,
“Para akong magkakasakit sa bahay. Sobrang boring. Mas mabuti pang mahuli ka na lang ng pulis sa labas.” (I feel like I’m gonna get sick at home. It’s so boring. I’d rather get caught by the police outside.)– A relative of mine said. I really hope he was joking.
“Sana naman itigil na ng media yung pananakot sa tao kasi hindi naman totoo yung virus.” (I hope the media stops scaring people because the virus is not real.)
– Another relative, 58, asserted during dinner. I did correct her, relaying what I knew, telling her that so many people had died already, but you know about elderly people and their ego. She still thinks the public is losing their minds over a non-existent disease. She doesn’t go out, though, which is ironic.
“Bingo na nga lang libangan namin, tatanggalin pa nila. Mababaliw kami dito sa bahay.” (Playing bingo is our only pastime, and they also took it away. We’d go crazy in our house.)– One of our neighbors was called out by local authorities for pushing through with their afternoon gambling sessions despite the imposed community lockdown and social distancing. Once the barangay officials were gone, this statement is what came out of her big, noisy mouth.
To be fair,
When everyone’s talking the same thing, chances are, you’re gonna come across people who share a different understanding of the subject in question than yours. Not everyone is as active on social media, and they’re probably too busy to watch TV, so some of us may be less-informed. It’s now up to us whether we’d educate them, or leave them that way. After all, thoughts are not actions. If they’re willingly working with the authorities to mitigate the spread of the virus, even if they think we are just being pranked or whatever, I think they’re good.