It has been 5 months ago that I wrote my blog about the fact that the numbers in the Philippines could never be right. Today, with 136K registered confirmed cases, I feel the need to write a new blog again about the COVID19 situation at the Philippines!
Let’s start with the Tweet which I saw:
Just a week ago the government did tell that there would be MECQ for Manila, Cavite, Laguna and some other provinces. Requested by the healthcareworkers … oh no they did request a STRICT lockdown, which they did not get … people are still allowed to move!
Also a week ago (with 100K cases), they did believe that the 150K would be reached at the end of August. While 5K cases per day …. you would wonder how you can go from 100K cases to 150K cases in 30 days with 5K cases per day (and going up.
I said the 150K would be there within 2 weeks, and as it shows it is from today only 2 days left before the 150K cases will be reached in the Philippines.
HOW is it possible that DOH can not make simple math? Why can they not just do 1+1=2? Why are they doing 5+5 = 6? I mean … everyone did had math at school right? Why would you work at something like DOH if you can’t calculate correctly?
HEY DOH: I am available if you need someone who can do calculating and contact tracing. My rate is 3000 PHP per hour.
Anyway, why are numbers going up and up and up and why do I believe more cases will come IF people do not start to think clear?
Let’s start with WHY ARE THE NUMBERS GOING UP?
Its very easy:
People say: WE ARE DONE WITH COVID19!
Covid19 is saying: BUT I AM NOT DONE WITH YOU!
And there does the issue start. People stop being careful. Last week I almost got into a fight with a covidiot who did not wear a facemask. He was not from my neighbourhood but he was just walking around here as workout. I told him to wear the facemask … because I want to be OK. But he turned out to had a big mouth (was even swearing towards me!!) …
It seems that 1 month jail does not scare people off … people just don’t listen!
In the Philippines it seems to be that overpopulation is ONE of the biggest problems. Where are the biggest amounts of cases? RIGHT! In areas where many people are living. People are living close on top of / next to eachother. Many people in one house or in small houses … with houses which are of a low quality and bad maintenance! In rainingseason people will get easy sick, for example pneumonia!
BUT! Is overpopulation the only reason?
NOPE! Rules are far from clear. And many rules are not logical. I mean:
– I sleep with my wife
– I eat on the same table with my wife
– I am kissing with my wife
– We are hugging eachother …
BUT! We need to rent 2 tricycles to go somewhere … or if I would have a motorcycle she is not allowed to sit with me.
THE LOGIC IS NOT THERE!
Simple and clear rules are working! But at this point rules are like: WHAT ARE THE RULES? No freaking idea! It can be different per Brgy, Municipality and Province.
There is no straight forward set of rules. And if there are rules … they are spread on some shady bad looking Facebook pages which can not be taken serious because, since Facebook is NOT the way you have to communicate with your people!!!!!!! (a huge issue in PH !)
People are simply not following the rules. One side because they are stubborn … because the other side because the rules are not clear!
WHY DO I THINK THAT MORE CASES WILL COME?
Healthcare workers are tired. I was shocked to hear they have to work 10 hours per day or more, without breaks or hardly breaks … and they get a salary which I would call slavery !!!
The hard working healthcare workers are NOT prepared for this. NO ONE was prepared for this. If you want healthcare to be working fine, you need fresh and motivated people who can keep on going. BUT to achieve that, they need to take enough rest. What would I suggest?
– maximum of 8 hours work a day
– a higher salary !!!
– every 2 hours minimum a 15 minutes break !!! 10-15 min break are paid, longer not.
– maximum of 5 days a week!
A tired healthcare worker will make mistakes!
A fresh and rested healthcareworker is focussed and does know what he/she is doing!
But are tired healthcare workers a reason why more cases will come? NO! The healthcare workers are the solution to STOP more cases to come … but they are not the total solution.
The issue is that people simple DO NOT HAVE money to buy a test.
Imagine you work in a factory, without good protection … you work your ass off for 8K per month. You need to pay your rent, your electricity (hello Meralco … making bills insane high remember?), maybe you kids who need to study online so they have to get internet …
Just a simple math: rent: 3K, electricity 1K, data 100P for 1 week data, … so per month already 4.4K (simple calculation) ……….
THE CHEAPEST TEST IS THE ONE BY THE REDCROSS FOR 4K PHP !!!!!!!
How can someone pay a test?????????
First of all:
WHY DO PEOPLE HAVE TO PAY FOR COVID19 TESTS AT ALL???
Second of all, can you imagine what happens if you will be positive for Covid19? You will have to go to hospital … you have to pay EVERYTHING (or with Philhealth you pay less but still a shitload of money) …
How can you get your family going? NOT!
That’s why I believe that there will be more cases coming. People simple don’t have the money to be tested and/or to go to the hospital. THAT is the biggest issue.
The Philippines is not prepared for a healthcare crisis like this. That’s why the country needs to learn from what’s happening now! That’s the only thing to do.
BUT! Can you imagine that the confirmed cases can be probably the tip of the iceberg?
I do really believe that, as I stated before in my blogs in March.
In my eyes … things need to change quickly! A vaccination is not there yet and you can NOT force people to take a vaccination. You can also not force people to take a test … but you can open up your mind to make testing free for everyone! If not, I don’t know how this will keep on going!
Be nice, follow these rules .. not for you (alone), but for the other!
Keep the respect for others!
– ALWAYS WEAR YOUR FACEMASK OUTSIDE!
– Social distance: 1.5M minimum
– You have a cough? A cold? A fever? STAY AT HOME! Quarantaine yourself!
– Do not go to crowded places!
– Clean your groceries!!! Directly shower if you come home!
– Do not hug, touch and kiss people who are not living in your house
– STAY HEALTHY!
Here the news message from CNN Philippines to make you see how badly its going!
Read my previous blogs here:
Coronavirus and the #Philippines, strange numbers. #covid19 #corona #covid2019 #WHO (3rd of March 2020)
Coronavirus in the #Philippines, @DOHgovph and @WHOPhilippines failures. #COVID19 blog part 2 (7th of March 2020)