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COVID-19 through the Eyes of a Grade 5 Pupil: The Pandemic is Here and The World Needs Us

By: Desca May Austria Vasquez, Grade 5-B

These past months, the world has been facing a tough problem, the so called COVID-19, which was first identified last December 2019 in Wuhan, China.  It is a kind of virus that can be transmitted through small droplets from the nose or mouth of an infected person. These droplets can also land on objects or surfaces so proper washing of hands was taught to everyone.  I felt scared and worried because I have never thought that something like this would happen.

I can say that this virus has affected not only those who are sick but every living person in the world.  It’s like we are at war with an invisible enemy – the VIRUS.  Almost all the countries in the world are currently on lockdown or quarantine.  Schools have been closed.  Sports leagues, mass gatherings and events have been cancelled and most workers have been working from home.  I felt sad knowing all these are happening but at the end of the day, I know that it is for our safety. On the other hand, spending time with family and friends is still possible. With the help of technology, we can still communicate with our friends and family through video calls and text messages via various apps like Zoom.

Every community has its own rules, guidelines and ways to help stop the increasing cases of COVID-19.  Republic Act No. 11469 otherwise known as “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act” is a law that was enacted in March 2020 to fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the Philippines.  I have watched and read the news that people from every local government unit help each other and do their duties to flatten the curve.  It is pretty nice that our community is giving out canned goods.  Most of the families cannot work so they don’t have money to buy food. I know that there are a lot of bad things happening right now but remember that we must focus on the bright side; Mother Nature is healing because pollution is less.

During this pandemic situation, I have realized a lot of things, and I’m going to share a few of them. First, “never take anything for granted” like going to school, laughing with your friends and spending time with your relatives because sometimes people and moments in your life can be here today but gone tomorrow.  Second, “make the most out of it”.  I know that we, kids, are always on our gadgets playing video games but we can always learn something and be productive.  Try cooking, making artwork, or spend quality time with your family. Third, ”never underestimate someone’s job” because this situation made me realize the importance of every worker; our president, government officials, barangay workers, and most of all, our frontliners; the doctors, nurses, soldiers, policemen, cleaners, grocery staff and journalists. During these times, we need them the most.  Fourth, “appreciate everything you have” because at the end of the day not all of us could eat delicious food and live under the roof. And last but not the least, just like Steve Maraboli said “A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal” because even the smallest things you do for someone can give a big impact in their lives.  I know that we, Rizalians, are kind and would definitely want to help others.  Though not all of us can donate, we can still help stop spreading the virus simply by staying at home and maintaining cleanliness. Stay safe Rizalians!

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