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Juventus | COVID 19: More than a health crisis


Reymund D. Titong is 21, a student leader at the Central Philippines State University main campus in Kabankalan City.

He describes himself as an “aspiring voiceover talent and a student researcher.”

He is also a member of the United Hoteliers of the Philippines.
governor of the College of Business and Management Student Society.

Reymund D. Titong is 21, a student leader at the Central Philippines State University main campus in Kabankalan City.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a worldwide health emergency in recent memory and one of the worst tests we are facing since World War II.

Since its rise in Asia late last year, now it has spread to almost all countries.

This pandemic is significantly more than a health crisis.

It is also a tremendous financial emergency.

People are losing jobs and pay, with no chance of knowing when normalcy will return.

All islands in the Philippines have been placed under strict travel restrictions.

Most have empty inns and abandoned seashores.

According to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) as reported by the Philippine Statistics Authority, more than 190,000 employees have lost their jobs as businesses have collapsed or have to lessen their workforce.

It also added 89 percent or 9,100 of the detailing companies chose to lessen their workforce.

As COVID-19 cases keep on spiking, experts say this has caused a worldwide crisis that requires connection, coordination, interdisciplinary, and fast reaction.

As indicated by specific examinations distributed in Planetary Health Journal, environmental change, natural change, and biodiversity misfortune may have assumed a significant function in this zoonotic pandemic.

Climatic and ecological components, such as temperature, moistness, and air contamination, are possibly impacting the transmission, spread, and seriousness of COVID 19 disease.

As a student leader, things are entirely different than they used to be. I could feel the frenzy from other people as supermarkets sellout of essential merchandise particularly during the first month of the execution of ECQ here in the province of Negros Occidental. I could also feel the frenzy among our government leaders, who have set up strategies to ideally end this pandemic in a brief timeframe.

This pandemic taught me to be bold during this difficult scenario since I don’t have the foggiest idea what lies in front of me. I generally inquire as to whether things will actually return to what I consider “Normal”, but I trust that it will, and I trust that I will still get the chance to do the things I need to do for the rest of my life. I believe that there is something to be learned, but I simply don’t have the foggiest idea what it is yet.

I trust we can end this together and come out more grounded.

We should also be and careful and steady for those most affected by this crisis.

I wholeheartedly believe we will be able to persevere and come out stronger than ever!

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