THE WAY I SEE IT | Susan Amoroso
I disagree with business lockdowns and domestic travel bans. To me it is economic sabotage. To restrict people and goods from reaching their destination hampers economic activity. To be thrown to the streets for not paying rent or amortization, going without electricity and water for not paying the utilities, involuntary hunger due to poverty, joblessness and despair is worse than being sick with covid.
I also do not agree, for scientific and proven reasons, that the covid-19 vaccines will end the coronavirus pandemic. We all know that the vaccines do not protect against the virus. Many of those vaccinated still got infected. Many adverse reactions and even deaths were reported days after being jabbed with the vaccines. But the World Health Organization, our very own Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control CDC) in the United States are quick to state the adverse reactions and deaths are not vaccine related.
The president has been cocooned so long in his palace that he does not know the real situation on the ground. The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to fight Covid-19 have their own version of truth that we the lowly Mang Juan and Aling Juanas can only wild guess. It seems everybody has their own version of truths about the pandemic.
The community pantries (CP) sprouting all over show the bayanihan spirit is alive. However, they are just palliatives and unsustainable. The right wing in government says the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army and other left-wing groups may be using CP to promote their propaganda agenda. For CPs to be used to solicit hundreds of thousands of dollars from donors abroad without ever accounting for the funds is appalling and can pose risks to national security against the threat of terrorism and extortion.
No matter how bold and how immensely unpopular, I advocate for a free for all and back to normal mode where business will resume as long as everybody wears masks and takes prophylactic anti-covid drugs such as ivermectin. Taking primary protection against covid prevents hospitalization and deaths. The Department of Health and the Food and Drug must not prevent the entry, importation, distribution and prescription of alternative anti-covid medicines such as the anti-parasitic anti-viral drug Ivermectin and other drugs or treatments as prophylaxis to cure and protect the general public from covid. Ivermectin has been in the market for more than 40 years with zero mortality from taking the drug. It is proven as safe and a cure and protection against covid as testified by doctors around the world. Ivermectin is safe, so cheap and can be manufactured or imported easily. Not a single adverse reaction to ivermectin was reported in the news.
While face masks may be considered a necessary protection, the face shield is a major irritant to me. Why the government mandated the public to wear face shields is still a big question mark to me. We are the only country in the world that has this ridiculous face- shield- wearing rule. Science tells us that face shields cannot protect against the spread of covid. The nationwide face shield mandate only enriched the importer and distributors. To me the face shields are useless plastic face contraption. I have always been against face shields from the very start. Firstly, it causes blurred vision. Second, it is cumbersome to wear. The inexpensive ones get blown away or fall, a usual occurrence. The “useless contraption’’ causes our eyes and face to get sweaty and so unbearably hot. Our face, nose and eyes need fresh air to circulate freely around for comfort and health reasons.
Schools according to authorities will open next year. I dare say a face-to-face learning interaction is long overdue. Our children have been deprived for so long of a normal classroom experience with other students in their age group.