Briones: Optimism

Publio J. Briones III

IN THESE times of uncertainty, I choose to look at the bright side of things.

Trust me, it’s the only way.

There’s no point in living day by day, anxious and afraid of something you have no control of. Not only will all that worry lower your immune system, it will also drive you bonkers.

And you don’t want that happening while you’re trying to survive a pandemic.

I’m not saying you throw caution to the wind when it comes to dealing with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) because that’s just being stupid.

There’s still a lot the public does not know about Covid-19, but some things have come to light since it first arrived on Philippine shores more than three months ago.

Yes, the disease is highly infectious. Yes, it doesn’t choose its victims. It doesn’t care about the color of your skin, your gender, your sexual orientation or whether you’re rich or poor. You get exposed to the virus and you probably end up getting infected.

But data have also shown that majority of those who test positive for Covid-19 do not get sick.

Residents of Sitio Zapatera in Barangay Luz, Cebu City could attest to that.

In the early days of this health crisis, when the city was first placed on enhanced community quarantine, the mayor was forced to lock down the area because of its high number of Covid-19 cases.

Since many of them weren’t even sick, they were placed on home quarantine, while those who displayed minor symptoms were taken to the Barangay Isolation Unit, which happens to the barangay’s public elementary school.

I don’t know how many ended up in the hospital. Heck, I don’t even know if somebody had died. I tried to look it up but there was no information on the internet.

I guess it’s safe to assume that they all lived through their ordeal.

Don’t get me wrong. Covid-19 can be deadly, especially for those who have pre-existing medical conditions.

But again, let’s look at the figures, shall we?

As of June 12, Cebu City had 3,361 Covid-19 cases with 1,710 recoveries and 33 deaths, or a death rate of 1.1 percent.

Some people are dwelling on the number of cases in the city, their fear and paranoia infecting others. But I find comfort in the number of survivors.

A survival rate of 98.1 percent is pretty darn good.