THE WAY I SEE IT | Susan Amoroso
There is no better way to describe the world of covid-19! Horrendous! But supercalifragilisticexpialidocious for the powers that be! Those who wield power and authority can order your street, your house, your store, your office, your village and even your church shuttered because of covid-19. Metro-Manila is now in enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) mode.
This March 28, 2021 is the only Palm Sunday in my whole life as a Catholic that palms went missing and the church doors shut. The public could only attend the Eucharistic celebration via the internet. No face-to-face masses are allowed.
To my surprise, while the churches and many small establishments were ordered shut, the malls remained open. It seems the authorities deemed the coronavirus only becomes virulent when inside the church but lose their virulence inside the giant malls.
I have nothing against the malls remaining open even during the pandemic. To me economic lockdowns meant to thwart or stop the virus did not prevent the spread of the virus. The lockdowns only prolonged and exacerbated the people’s misery. Surely, we cannot say the economic lockdowns prevented the surge of covid cases. The lockdowns only resulted in the worst economic downturn since World War II. The country’s gross domestic product went down by ten percent. The country’s public debt ballooned to trillions. Unemployment went up by as much as 20 percent. One out of every five employable Filipino lost his job. Productivity went down but the prices of commodity went up. The country imported more and exported less compared to the pre-covid 2019 level.
The face shields seem unnecessary. Viruses are so small, they float in the air and can penetrate through the fibers of the face masks. Face shields cover only the front part of the face but have large gaps all around. Wearing face shields and face masks are just virtue signaling. Studies show more than 90 percent of people, especially in Metro Manila wear face masks and shields in public. Despite that, the metropolis still experienced a sudden surge in covid cases.
The virus is in the air and no amount of face covering like masks, shields or social distancing could protect us from covid. The only thing that could protect us is a strong immune system.
It seems the Department of Health and the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) against Covid-19 did not promote the wellbeing of the public. They only promoted their vested interests. The rolling out of the covid vaccines won’t solve the covid problem. Scientists and doctors not beholden to Dr. Anthony Fauci of US-CDC and the World Health Organization say covid vaccines may cause more harm than good. Instead of preventing covid, the vaccinated person may transmit a more virulent form of mutated coronavirus. Some vaccinated individuals tested positive for covid. Adverse reactions and deaths after vaccination were also reported. Long term effects are still unknown. The covid vaccines given the
Emergency Use Authorization’’ were not testedsuccessfully’’ on animals. The pharmaceutical companies went ahead with their production even as they skipped the third phase of animal testing. Que horror, the vaccinated became the guinea pigs.
What the government should have done is to make available to the public all the prophylactic treatments and preventive measures that are readily available and affordable. Many doctors swear that steam inhalation, taking vitamins A, B Complex, C, D, and the mineral zinc, plenty of sunlight, nutritious foods, citrus fruits boost the immune system and prevent covid. Many swear that in their medical practice: azithromycin; hydroxychloroquine; and ivermectin were effective in the early stages of covid and prevented patients from being hospitalized. Acyclovir, another anti-viral but very affordable drug was used successfully by a doctor friend. Colloidal silver against viruses is one alternative promoted by a group of scientists. Two well-known public personalities hospitalized for covid swear by a Chinese drug as the reason for their full and speedy recovery.