To say that we’re living in unsettling times nowadays is an understatement. Each day, news about the growing global pandemic is what we see either on television or on social media. While these are really scary as it’s a threat to public health, engulfing ourselves in panic won’t be of any help. Here’s a roundup of easy yet efficient and responsible things to do to spend a productive day at home while actively avoiding the deadly virus.
1. Equip yourself with factual information.
Now that most of us are staying at home because of the recently announced enhanced community lockdown, it’s no surprise that everyone has gained more time to scroll through social media. While you’re at it, make sure to only digest and read news and information from trusted and credible sources. Be wary of not being an unconscious purveyor of fake news by only sharing content related to the current public health situation that is verified by the authorities. In times like these when most people are filled with anxiety, spreading fake news is like adding fuel to the fire. Be a responsible internet and social media user by thinking before you click.
For some prepaid and postpaid customers of Globe, users can visit the website of Department of Health (www.doh.gov.ph) and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (www.ndrrmc.gov.ph) for free.
2. Avoid hate. Choose to educate.
Given that people are on social media and on the internet for more hours these days, it’s normal for people to voice out their different views and arguments on these different online platforms. When caught in situations like these, remember to point out your argument in an enlightening manner and not to promulgate hate and indifference. A good discussion is handy at times, but never a conversation that condemns each other over opposing beliefs and opinions.
3. Practice proper hygiene.
You might have heard this countless times already, but since it’s one of the most effective ways to fight the spread of the infectious COVID-19, repeating it over and over again is worth it. May you be inside your home or outside, be sure to always wash your hands with antibacterial soap for 20 minutes. It’s also helpful to always carry with you a bottle of rubbing alcohol with 70% solution or a hand sanitizer. In an epidemic like the Coronavirus, self-responsibility and self-care through proper hygiene goes a long way.
4. See how you can help.
While modern-day heroes including Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) have been repeatedly recognized in various ways over the years, in the current situation we are in, the modern-day heroes are also the so-called frontliners including doctors, nurses, and everyone in the medical field. Journalists, police and military officers are frontliners, too! Extend a helping hand by identifying what their needs are like additional masks for protection, rubbing alcohol, food, and the likes, and donate in any way you can — even in the smallest and simplest ways.
5. Go cashless.
Going cashless doesn’t mean that you have to go around with literally no money. Cashless payments utilizes technology to pay and purchase stuff may it be online or through physical stores. What exactly does cashless payments have to do with the spread of an infectious disease?
According to different news and studies, handling cash physically — both coins and paper bills increases the risk of acquiring the virus since money can carry it for a few days. This is where cashless payments come in.
With this innovation, users can purchase things from different partner stores with just a few clicks on the GCash app, or through scan-to-pay QR method. Unlike other banks, registering an account on GCash is easy. All that’s needed to do is to buy a physical card in any of its partner convenient stores like Ministop, All-Day, Lawson, and 7-Eleven for PhP 150. Currently, GCash has over 73,000 merchant partners encompassing groceries, clothing, medicine, restaurants, and the likes, where one can pay for their bills the cashless and contactless way.
For more information, visit https://www.gcash.com/.
I am Karina Ramos, a mom of three amazing kids. I am fascinated with almost every aspect of life, especially technology.