At some point during this pandemic that began over a year ago, we may have felt a soul-deep frustration over the so-called “new normal.”
Nobody asked for the “old normal” to be gone — and so radically, at that.
We may have hated parts of it and wished for the cynicism, materialism, corruption and injustice to go, but we would have wanted a shift that did not include this fear-laced uncertainty in every move we make.
One year into this feeling of being “trapped” in a situation that came like a thief in the night, we wondered when it would all end.
“How can we get on with our lives?”
This was a question posed by a doctor recently in an interview on TribuneNOW’s health and wellness public service show Kalingang Katribu, which tackled current medical solutions to Covid-19 infection.
It is a question that resounds in each one of us.
We all want the same thing — for the pandemic to end; to be free of the restrictions that ruled our lives for months, and to go about our daily activities knowing there are risks out there but having some confidence that these will not likely kill you.
Right now, our world is in chains. Economies are suffering in countries like ours because the movement of people and value chains are blocked or halted. Workflows are disrupted, and personal lives are affected.
Social distancing had certainly taken a lot from people like us, who are culturally wired to gather to either shoot the breeze or have a celebration for every little thing — as long as it’s done together.
For over some time now, we have wanted to be saved from this scourge and naturally looked toward our leaders to do so.
To be fair, the Duterte government had quickly buckled down to keep the country afloat and the people secured, fed, protected.
While all the world was struggling to deal with a novel problem, we had — as individuals and communities — also done our part to keep each other going.
The spirit of bayanihan kicked in almost immediately — definitely much faster than the Health chief’s actions and reactions, as critics would say.
At this point, though, we had best set aside blame and recrimination.
It’s our second Good Friday in a pandemic, and Jesus Christ dying on the cross will again be remembered by Catholics across the world, reflecting on its lessons of faith, sacrifice and humility.
It is the darkest day in Christian history, but in this darkness, we know there is a promise of deliverance.
Christ gave His life to save people from sin — the ultimate sacrifice because “God so loved the world” — and our prayers are intensified for deliverance from this situation.
Indeed, how can we move on with our lives?
Who is going to save us from this fear and isolation?
Covid-19 vaccines are coming, and these will lessen our chances of infection or lessen the effects of infection.
Yet the rollout will take time and there remains a host of questions about its long-term effects.
At this point, because we are still in quarantines and transmission has sped up, medical practitioners had stepped in, clamoring to be heard.
An affordable, available solution has been there all along, they said.
And although the Food and Drug Administration of the Philippines and even the World Health Organization say there is “not enough data” to support Ivermectin as a possible Covid-19 medication, it is something that has given the many people hope.
Doctors who have tried it say it has been effective in their clinical experience.
It is a rope that could possibly lead us out of this darkness.
While leaders are standing around arguing about it, thousands are getting infected every day.
There is no time to waste. If further studies of a drug that is in the medical formulary is needed for its effect on Covid-19, then perhaps they should get on with it as soon and as quickly as possible. A “strategic approach,” as concerned doctors suggest, is our best bet at this point.
Let’s not crucify those who only wish to help find a way out of this situation.