To say that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has changed the world would be an understatement. In less than a year since the virus emerged, Philippines faced a new way of everyday life, which is called as new normal.
The pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of our life. It has changed how we work, learn from school to everyday activities like buying grocery items, how we have fun and interact with one another as social distancing guidelines have led to a more virtual existence, both personally and professionally.
Specifically speaking, this world’s pandemic brought a lot of change in education sector. While many people hope that those changes are temporary, it is our second year under virtual form of learning. Even though self-learning modules are provided by the department, children still need to learn personally from a classroom teacher. They do need social interactions with their classmates, not just plainly exchanging of ideas between a mother and her children at home. It is very significant for a learner to get information on hand from his teacher at school. But because of this pandemic, it has completely changed our life.
Millions of workers -waged and self-employed- faced an existential threat. Without the means to earn an income during lockdowns, many people are unable to feed themselves and their families. For most, no income means no food, or at best, less food. So why bothering themselves to send their children to school or go to school just to get the self-learning modules of their children when in their home, they don’t have the food to lessen their aching stomach because of hunger. Why worrying themselves about the deadlines of projects and video submission in school while feeding their family is the biggest challenge they had.
There is also an increase in mental health conditions. Others suffered a lot by depression, not because of the illness brought by COVID-19 virus itself, but because of social isolation, school and university closures, unemployment and other financial worries.
As businesses began to open after initial lockdowns, people needed to adjust themselves to a new normal to reduce the risk of spreading the disease from everyday activities. Businesses implemented universal mask and shield policies, getting one’s temperature before entering a public and private enterprises, accomplishing forms that will serve as contact tracing procedure. Dining switched to outdoors only that is why some businesses converted their services into take-outs riders just like Food Panda, Grab food and many more, which is the in demand for today’s current situation. Waiting rooms became a part of the past. You needed a reservation to go in a gym, clinic, and large gatherings and events were banned completely in many areas.
As of now, scientist and medical practitioners developed vaccines to fight against COVID-19 virus. Although it can be a big help to prevent from the said illness, it is not 100% guarantee that we can avoid it. So we must still observe health protocols even we are already vaccinated.
As time goes by, we can easily adopt with the existing situation. As Filipinos, we can simply accept the fact that our life lies now with the new normal way of living. Our life now exists in the middle of a war. It depends on us if we will accept this war or fight to attain a peaceful way of living. ##