Lim: Ride the wave

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It’s not over. Please excuse the ominous tone of my voice. It’s not meant to alarm but it is meant to warn—that you cannot be so careless as to go around unmasked, without regard for others when you have the sniffles.

I know. Of course, you have to unmask when you sit down to eat and drink. Exactly my point. Please don’t join soirees that almost always involve communal eating and drinking when you have a scratchy or sore throat or are having the sniffles.

Yes. Even though you’re dying to be the life of the party.

It may not be Covid but then, it could be. Better to be safe than sorry. Because you don’t want to be the death of the party. And you will be if you go around socializing when you’re sick and you simply dismiss it as nothing catastrophic.

Well, it probably isn’t. But it doesn’t hurt to be cautious. Or to be considerate of others. If it’s not Covid, why be a super spreader of other respiratory illnesses? Covid is still around. Just waiting for you to unmask and let your guard down.

Stop thinking it’s safe to mingle when everyone in the household falls ill in varying degrees. Only one or two may test positive on the home kits but antigen tests are notorious for spewing out false negatives.

So, if at least one of you tests positive and you’re all experiencing a variety of very similar symptoms at the same time, in all likelihood, you’re all positive. A negative antigen test result under such circumstances should not be license for you to declare yourself safe to be in the company of others.

Have the heart to stay home and spare your friends and colleagues whatever it is that you have even if it’s not Covid.

And so, the struggle continues because the pandemic is not over. So, should we not be attending events? Well, I would say that each of us must decide for ourselves how much risk we are willing to take.

Those whose health is frail should, obviously, be more guarded in their decision-making. Those who live with the elderly and/or immunocompromised should be more wary about socializing.

But by now, we have learned to live with the waves.

These pandemic surges are not within our control just as the waves in the ocean are not. But unlike surfers who choose to paddle out to sea to catch a good, high and strong wave to ride, most of us do not choose to be in the midst of these surges.

All we can do when we find ourselves in the crest of these waves is to hold on to our faith, maintain our balance and stay strong so we can seamlessly ride these waves and make it safely back to shore. Once more.

This is how we must live. Today. And while that may sound ominous, we must remember that waves rise and fall and therefore, we can’t lose hope. It’s not over. But this won’t last forever. So, let’s ride this wave today—with caution and courage.