I’m sorry I haven’t been active on WordPress… I’m totally stressed out because of Corona Virus

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Dear readers,  my Mom, sister and I  arrived in the US ( from the Philippines , amidst a Corona virus outbreak  in Asia ) on Feb.29.  I have to admit I’ve been rather flippant  about the danger of us visiting  the country,  stupidly  feeling  invulnerable and immune to any disease,   not realizing  we could have contracted  the virus there, and passed it on to my friends, family and co-workers here in the US.  I’m sorry.

 

We only realized this when my sister who works in LA  was requested not to go to work for 3 days. Then , we got a memo and email at work  advising workers who have been to countries with outbreak of  the virus  to take a 14 – day “paid ” quarantine leave.  It just so happens that I’ve been back at work for  7  days  already, so I asked my  supervisor if I still  needed to  go on a 14 day quarantine.  I don’t know why my super  thought it wasn’t needed.  She just said, ” too late, Ren.  ”  and she smiled sadly.

 

That’s when I started stressing out .  My sister has been calling us everyday,   and we can sense she feels quite appehensive   about  our health, especially  Mom’s.  Her age, you know.

 

Today is the 14th day.

 

No  symptoms.

 

You cannot imagine how relieved I am.  Dang ! !

 

In fact,  today, at work,   someone sneezed, and I  was the one who visibly  freaked out.   He  laughingly told me  ” it’s allergy season, Ren ! ! !  Don’t look at me that way ! ! ! ”

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Hmmph !   I  gave  you a bottle of  fancy- looking  Tanduay  Rhum 15 Years Old  from the Philippines.  So, don’t give me that ” As if !  ” look, okay ? ?

 

” sigh”

 

Anyway,

 

All’s well that ends well.

 

Bye !

 

 

 

 

 

 

63 responses to this post.

  1. Stay healthy. My son lives in Orange County and I worry about him over there.

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    • We were fortunate we left the Philippines days before the full-blown outbreak. The latest news is that Metro-Manila is now on lockdown mode.

      I don’t think there’s a virus case in Orange County. All I know is there’s a danger of an outbreak in San Francisco , and in my city’s vicinity, prompting at least 2 schools to close temporarily.

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  2. Tanduay cures everything…here in Italy we’ve got total lockdown, the whole country… pretty scary

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  3. so glad to hear you’re well !

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  4. That is a relief! Ugh panic hit my town here! No TP here no sanitizer. I have lots of sanitizer.
    Yet when I was leaving work a mother let her kid run around in a public place in bare feet 🤢🤮
    I always get stressed out about that when I work lobby.
    But come on townsfolk are freaking out about the coronavirus yet the kids go bare feet in public place? Ooh yes they are so health conscious 🤦‍♀️😂

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    • Over here, no sanitizers, no rubbing alcohol. Becky, washing with plain soap is enough. For some reason, children do not get infected. But the elderly, especially those with underlying health issues are in great danger of getting the virus. There are now 5 deaths in the Philippines, all of them over 60.

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  5. I’m more concerned about you civilians panicking versus the virus. it looked like a plague of locusts descended on my market when I went to get some groceries today. I’m laughing at people lunacy right now but I’ve upped my threatcon.

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    • Where I live, we can’t find rubbing alcohol and hand sanitizers , but toilet papers and tissues are still aplenty. I guess stores cannot stock up fast enough. Panic buying is laughable, you’re right, but, I can understand the behavior. People are afraid of a China -like lockdown .

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      • pack away what TP you can find while you still can. warsh you hands with antibacterial soap. it works just as well and that’s what we did before that hand sanitizer was ever marketed.

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        • In Filipino culture, every Filipino household has a tabo or dipper in the toilet. This is used to wash the butt with sweet smelling soap after doing the business. We have that here even in the US. He he he

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  6. Good to hear you don’t have the Coronavirus.

    The idea that Tanduay cures eveything reminds me of a true story that my dad a historian told of when the Spanish flu epidemic of 1919 hit the coal mining town of Drumheller, Alberta, Canada.

    Some coal miners who came down with the flu went to a hospital run by the town’s doctors.

    Others went to the town brothel where the brothel’s owner the town Madame had closed her regular line of business during the epidemic and had turned the brothel into a makeshift hospital.

    At the doctors’ hospital, they gave the patients various types of regular medicines.

    At the brothel turned makeshift hospital, patients were given the Madame’s homemade moonshine brew.

    The doctors’ hospital lost every single Spanish flu patient.

    At the brothel turned makeshift hospital, every one of the Madame’s moonshine imbibing patients survived the Spanish flu.

    True story.

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  7. That’s…………. !

    I believe that. Truly I do.

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  8. Hang in there, young lady!
    We’re going to get thru this.

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    • Thanks, Mr. Hook ! !

      I just bought 20 lbs of orange, and made fresh orange juice !

      Mr. Hook, there’s no cure , and that’s a fact. Our only weapon is to be healthy…. and lots of sleep !

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  9. It actually makes everyone paranoid! Haha stay safe, Ren!

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    • Hey, you’re in the Philippines. Heard Metro-Manila has been on lockdown mode. I saw on YouTube Plaza Lawton on a Sunday with practically zero people. I’m glad they are somehow following instructions , and that is a big surprise ! !

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  10. Glad you’re OK and I don’t want you to freak out but . . . 14 days is not a magic number. That’s a suggestion. Some incubation periods have been longer.

    Also, you could have the virus and not show symptoms but still be contagious.

    If you have the opportunity to be tested (based on travel to and possible contact with infected individuals), you should do so.

    Otherwise, as others have said, be careful and be safe.

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    • I’m very much aware of that, disperser. I’m still on personal code red alert and paying close attention to people I’ve been in close contact with since Day One. So far, none of them has shown any signs , like coughing.

      21 days , they say, is the magic number. But who can tell in these interesting times. I heard the virus has mutated into a more virulent form. The virus in Italy is different from that from China. It is the one more virulent, unfortunately.

      Sadly, my mother is my gauge. She’s over 60 , therefore , very vulnerable. So far, she’s still in good form, no coughing, etc. Also, she hasn’t gone out of the house since Feb.29. The only time she steps out of the door is to water the plants , 3x times since then.

      There’s nothing else I can do. I keep myself healthy, taking vitamins , and getting more hours of sleep. I do social distancing , even in our small laboratory. My co-workers in the lab have not shown any signs, either.

      And I hope it stays that way.

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  11. nice to know you’re okay. Stay healthy! 🙂

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  12. Stay safe my friend ☮

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    • Thank you ! I’m doing my best to stay safe , and to keep others safe by doing everything to prevent any transmission if , heaven forbid, I’m not 100%. T-T”

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  13. Stay safe dear and the entire family, here in the Philippines we are in enhanced community quarantine, tough times for Filipinos but the government doing their best to attend the needs of everybody.

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    • I’ve been watching news from the Philippines on YouTube. It looks like social distancing will be difficult to achieve , especially in “depressed ” areas . I hope the barangay officials can go around to enforce this very important precaution.

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      • As of the moment National and local government work hand in hand to ensure public follow the social distancing. It is truly a tough times here, hoping it will end soon.

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  14. Glad you passed the 14 days without symptoms. The price gauging on hand sanitizer and alcohol is ridiculous. The stores near me are ravaged. Ironically, all of the hand sanitizer is gone but there’s plenty of soap. Also, all of the paper towels were gone. I don’t understand that thinking. But I got plenty of soap and some other things to make my own sanitizer. Unfortunately, I believe things will get a lot worse before they get better. We just have to isolate, sanitize, and pray! May Jehovah God be with us all.

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    • Sanitizers are for when hand washing is not possible. If we can DIY a sanitizer, that’d be great. I checked out a recipe for one…. alas, we need 99% alcohol to make it.

      I go out everyday to work, so I practice all the precautions to keep me and my parents who are over 60 years old safe and healthy. ( I still live with them.) I’m almost ridiculously careful. ^__^

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  15. Just be safe, Renxkyoko.
    Art

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  16. Glad you’re well. Stress weakens the body.

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    • Yes, it does. I try to relax by reading , but I think we do need to pay attention to the latest. news everyday. My city has been locked down today, and there:s a $ 1, 000 fine for going out , except for emergency reasons. Because I work at a dairy company, the company issued a printed memo for all its workers which we have to bring everyday in case we get pulled over.

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  17. It’s scary for everyone, I got put in isolation too and wasn’t sick, but doesn’t mean I still won’t get it. Try not to stress and stay safe ❤

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    • It’s sad that my parents already feel they’re like housebound zombies. This virus needs to disappear, like polio, or else, all people when they reach a certain age might have to be put in isolation. It’s a scary future. It’s like a sci-fi plotline.

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  18. My wife and I returned from India 15 days ago. It’s all about the perception not the actual fact that we remain a Corona threat. I think If you wrote more blogs, you might find some emotional therapy from your current situation. Writing is therapeutic. Stay well.

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  19. Just be careful…and cautious. gloves, mask, Purell, alcohol (rubbing and drinking) cook some wonderful meals, watch some good TV, play word games with others on-line, have food from markets and restaurants delivered, and only go out when absolutely necessary. continue…

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    • What if this virus establishes itself in the environment, like a common flu, seasonal and all that ? What will happen to the vulnerable population ? This is like a sci-fi plotline Unthinkable.

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  20. Glad you seem to have passed the “non-test”. You all should be all right by now. Just make sure your parents stay home. In Mexico we’re 10 days into semi-lockdown, and I know the sh.t will hit the fan soon.
    Stay safe.

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    • Yes, I’m pretty sure the number of infection in Mexico will increase once more people are tested. Yegads, I hope not !

      Reminds me of a movie where people die when they reach a certain age. This possibility is not far-fetched. Already, my parents are starting to feel like housebound zombies.

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      • Let’s hope for the best…
        Your parents need to stay put. I think it’s all right to take a walk around the corner, to avoid cabin fever, but stay at home is their best option… (I think we might do that here in the afternoon. Weather is gorgeous)
        Stay safe, “Refugio”. 😉

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  21. Lucky you made it back in time. I know some people are caught out because of travel restrictions. A friend of mine who lives in Shanghai is stuck in Delhi because of flight cancellations.

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    • Oh, that’s true ! Less than a week after our departure, Metro-Manila was quarantined and the flight schedules were in total chaos due to rescheduling. Another problem was that our airline was Korea Air….. we were so worried we might get quarantined upon our arrival in the US.

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  22. Please try not to get too stressed. Take all precautions. Stay indoors as much as you can.

    Wishing you and yours the best of health

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