Embracing the New Normal in the Philippines

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Its already been a year since the pandemic of COVID-19 was started which mostly of country started to elevated there life in a new normal means to revive there economy.

The Corona-virus (COVID-19) is more fatal than SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory System) a pandemic that emerge and identified 2003 in china and 4 other country.

The COVID-19 is suspected started on December 8, 2019 in Wuhan China and historically outbreak globally at the first quarter of year 2020. which where the first suspected cased in Philippines was stated on January 2020 while there is over 633 suspected case was reported in March 2020.


Press Release / 21 January 2020

The Department of Health (DOH) today disclosed that it is currently investigating the case of a five-year-old who traveled from Wuhan, China and was admitted in Cebu City for manifesting fever, throat irritation, and cough prior to entering the Philippines.

The case was immediately reported to the Regional Epidemiology & Surveillance Unit of Central Visayas Center for Health Development and the child was endorsed for admission.

The patient as of today is still experiencing cough but is currently stable and afebrile. Samples from the patient were first tested at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and yielded negative results for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-related Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-related Coronavirus (SARS-CoV). However, the samples tested positive for the non-specific pancoronavirus assay, thus the specimen has been sent to Australia to identify the specific coronavirus strain.

DOH is also monitoring three individuals with flu-like symptoms upon entering the country via the Kalibo International Airport from China, but without any history of travel to Wuhan and without any known contact with a confirmed 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) case, Severe Acute Respiratory Illness case, or sick animals. Throat samples from these patients were already sent to RITM for testing. All three cases are currently well and are no longer manifesting any symptoms.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses ranging from the common cold to more serious infections such as MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV. Common signs of coronavirus infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In severe cases, it can cause pneumonia, acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.

On December 31, 2019, a clustering of pneumonia cases of unknown etiology was reported in Wuhan, China. The outbreak was later determined to be caused by a 2019-nCoV, a new coronavirus strain that has not been previously identified in humans. To date, two hundred twenty-two (222) 2019-nCoV cases were reported in China, majority coming from Wuhan, with cases also coming from cities such as Beijing and Shenzhen. Thailand, Japan, and South Korea also reported confirmed cases. Initially, the said disease was thought to be transmitted through animal contact but recent reports show human-to-human transmission of 2019-nCoV.

The Bureau of Quarantine is working with airlines and airport authorities to strengthen  border surveillance, while the Epidemiology Bureau is heightening its community surveillance. The Department is also enhancing its coronavirus laboratory testing capacity, hospital preparedness, rapid response, and its risk communication and information dissemination. Personal Protective Equipment are available at the Bureau of Quarantine, Centers for Health Development, and DOH Hospitals. DOH is also closely monitoring individuals who manifested signs of respiratory infection and had a history of  travel to China and is coordinating with WHO and China Center for Disease Control for updates.

“I encourage the health workers to be vigilant and take extra precautionary measures when in contact with patients with acute respiratory infection, especially those with travel history to China,”Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said.

DOH advises the public to practice frequent hand washing, avoid unprotected contact with farm or wild animals, practice proper cough etiquette – maintain distance and cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the crook of your elbow, avoid close contact with people showing cold or flu-like symptoms, and ensure that food is well-cooked.

“I urge travelers with symptoms of respiratory illness, either during or after travel, to seek medical attention immediately. I also call on our health facilities to enhance standard infection prevention and control practices, especially in our emergency departments. We must always be ready,” the Health Chief concluded.

Due to the fatality of the COVID-19 the President of the Republic of the Philippines was issue a month long period of lock down for the quarantine on whole Luzon which is 1/3 of the country (about 60 million population is affected of this quarantine) the said quarantine was issued by present President Rodrigo Roa Duterte from March 13 2020 till April 2020.

but it was extended for most of the year 2020 which is make the whole country paralyzed for the longer time and the life of million people of the Philippines was changed from there traditional way of work till new normal ones. Most of business closed down while other one is upgrading and embracing the new way.

Philippines right now is embracing now the new normal in different way like


Education right now in the Philippines is under in 2 different type of system

  1. Module System a system of education where the students will learn thru a module and teach by there own family or guardians.

  2. Online Class System where the students will learn thru online class.


Transportation in Philippines was one the most changes. most of Filipinos right now choose to buy bicycle to make there transport from home to work will be faster and much more easy while others who can not afford to buy a bicycle will choose to walk from town to town. and do some commute in public utility vehicle which is allowed by the government.


The Market now in Philippines is backing normal but in different way. right now you can use cashless transaction in some area and some market and there is some place where is restricted to a limited people at a time .

Some people use mobile apps in there mobile to buy there needs. such as shoppee, lazada, toktok, foodpanda and other online services apps that do deliver the product they order.

New Normal Services in Philippines that bloom

The delivery services in Philippines has bloom due to the new normal and stated that economy in Philippines which is declining before is getting back to normal and grow faster with the help of online services. some Filipinos change work from there old one to be a part of this team of services which most of filipino that jobless due to the pandemic is starting to recover some work thru this. which is really big help in the local government to recover there lost in past months of lock down.

While some store partners with the online services that provide cashless transaction such paying using your mobile. which make more convenient for every filipino to pay there existing bills or service fee in transaction they made rather than to go on the site to pay which is more safe for filipino.

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