Briones: Daring to be optimistic

Publio J. Briones III
·2 min read

There’s a running joke with a friend who happens to be a doctor regarding the coronavirus pandemic situation in the whole of Cebu.

Although we don’t mean it to be a laugh in your face “har-har” kind of thing, considering the topic is far from funny but it does lighten the mood when we get together and it makes our other friends less anxious about the ongoing health crisis. Or so I think and hope.

I mean, what do I know? I’m not in the medical field. But I do read. And all the pertinent data are available at your fingertips.

Yes, log in to Facebook. Type Department of Health Central Visayas and then click. Scroll down for the daily case bulletin and voila, the latest stats in the region and the breakdown of cases by province and by cities.

It’s really straightforward. It has the number of current active cases, how many have recovered, how many have died... you know, that kind of thing.

It helps put things in perspective. That way, you don’t have to panic and lock yourself in your house every time authorities report a rise in numbers and pray for a miracle to happen, which, I hate to break it to people who are averse to inoculations, is already at hand and it’s called the vaccine.

Okay. The vaccine for non-medical frontliners is not here, here. Not just yet, anyway. But it will be. We just have to be a little more patient. We’ve endured this “new normal” for more than a year so what’s a few more months?

No. That wasn’t the joke.

Things may not be the way they were pre-Covid but look around you. People are once again up and about. Some businesses are doing fine, given the circumstances.

Of course, I am talking about Central Visayas and Cebu in particular. I don’t know what the situation is like in the National Capital Region and the provinces that will continue to be under enhanced community quarantine until Sunday, April 11, 2021.

Life must be a bummer for their residents. Twelve months and they’re basically back to square one.

Come to think of it, now may not be a good time to bring up jokes about the Covid-19 pandemic. We’re still not out of the woods.

Remember the Bee Gees song? Better yet, remember the Bee Gees?

I for one have no intention of making the whole world cry. I don’t want to be carrying that on my shoulders. So I’ll stick to numbers. How about that?

According to Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, DOH 7 spokesperson, only 31.2 percent of beds allotted for Covid patients in private hospitals in Cebu are occupied. Which is a good thing.

Is that a smile forming on your face?