There are Now Over 1 Million Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Worldwide
It has been four months since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the number of confirmed cases worldwide has just exceeded 1 million.
Out of the 1,011,490 recorded cases, there have been 210,186 recoveries, and 52,863 deaths globally, according to the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering as of 7 a.m. (GMT +8).
The United States has the highest number of infections with 242,182 confirmed cases. Meanwhile, the Philippines has logged a total of 2,633 confirmed cases as of writing.
COVID-19 in the Philippines, Southeast Asia
According to a report by the De La Salle University Southeast Asia Research Center and Hub, the Phillipines has the third highest percentage of deaths (107 out of the 2,633) among seven Southeast Asian countries with reported mortalities. Percentage of recovery is at 1.94%, the lowest among the eight countries who have reported recoveries in the region.
As of April 2, the following venues have been converted into quarantine centers to accommodate COVID-19 patients in Metro Manila: the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, World Trade Center, and Philippine International Convention Center.
To keep track of the spread of the virus locally, the University of the Philippines created a dashboard hosted on endcov.ph that tallies the confirmed, recovered, and deceased COVID-19 cases in the country. It also breaks the data down to how many cases each city in NCR has, how many are in each age group, and how many there are by sex.
COVID-19 Outbreak Prevention
Aside from the rules of the enhanced community quarantine, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles declared in a virtual press briefing that residents of Luzon are now required by the government to wear face masks in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
This policy was adopted by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).
During the World Health Organization's media briefing on COVID-19 on April 1, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in his opening remarks that "WHO’s priority is that frontline health workers are able to access essential personal protective equipment, including medical masks and respirators.
"That’s why we are continuing to work with governments and manufacturers to step up the production and distribution of personal protective equipment, including masks.
"There’s an ongoing debate about the use of masks at the community level. WHO recommends the use of medical masks for people who are sick and those caring for them. However, in these circumstances, masks are only effective when combined with other protective measures."
To protect yourself and your loved ones from getting infected, aside from physical distancing, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth before washing your hands with soap and water, or cleaning them with an alcohol-based hand rub.
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Outdoors Danielle Flestado @artdkf | May 1, 2020 "I miss the outside world. The last time I went outside of our house was on my birthday. We just bought coffee across our village and went back home immediately. This painting made me feel that I'm in a field, just appreciating the beauty of God's creation. Can you imagine the green grass and pink flowers?"
When everything around you suddenly turns dark, the first thing we'd prolly do, as humans, is to find and grab anything that is closest and nearest to us. We'll hold onto them for as long as we can, trying to collect ourselves and gather courage to adjust our eyesights to the pitch black environment that's consuming us minute by minute. And then you'd hear nothing. Your sense of hearing would somehow go off after not seeing anything for quite awhile. You'll let loose. Cry. Panic. You'll be exhausted for fighting your way out. Then just when you're about to stop and give up, you're no longer afraid. There's only this deafening silence and pithole of darkness that's gonna eat you up alive. And surprisingly, you'll make a home out of it.
You'll make a home out of the darkness that when a ray of light suddenly hits you, you'll try to avoid it. You'll try to cover your eyes. You'll try to cover your ears from the voices trying to help you get out of it. You'll try to hide because your mind and body will go against your will to come out and live. Because the darkness that used to scare you, now comforts you in a way you thought has helped you survived life. And you'll try to live. Day by day. In the darkness. Not knowing where to go. Not knowing where to start. Not knowing who is with you. You will try to live until the darkness that once surrounds you is now within you. And everyday, it's gonna be a cycle of subtle torture. But let me tell you a secret. The darkness won't make you whole.
You'll be broken. And in those hair-like cracks, the light will stubbornly fight its way through until it warms you up. Until you realize to check the switch and turn it on. Until you allow other people to help you find your way back in the light. Until you realize you're ready to live in light again. There's a light at the end of this long and dreading tunnel. The only question that matters: will you let them in?
I always thought of life, like a bead where each piece makes it worth sewing together with other piece of beads to make a stronger bond and to create a beautiful result. Today, how do we bond well with different people especially this difficult time? As this day challenges us to a new normal, may we continue to bead along positively with our life.