Roy Tang

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May 2020

  • Covid19 thoughts and updates:

    • Metro Manila is lower restrictions again and going into ECQ tomorrow, June the 1st. Only a two week MECQ transition period, and not really any time to evaluate what the effect that has had on the case numbers. This is reopening for the sake of the economy, without regard for the medical data. I’m still not going out. Public transportation will still be limited, so I kind of expect chaos Monday morning.
    • Speaking of medical data, the DOH has changed the way they report new cases, now dividing them into “fresh” and “tardy” cases. The tardy ones are the ones that were delayed by 4 or more days due to validation or some other reason. This seems like propaganda to make things seem not so bad, especially since there have been an explosion of cases in the past few days, probably as a result of lowering restrictions.
    • Watched mass via Facebook again today.
    • Went out for groceries this past Saturday. Had to do it on a weekend, since my dad drives the car to work on weekdays now and we need that for groceries. Surprisingly, a bunch of things that were always out of stock the past couple of months were available this time around.
    • Lazada is back to shipping non-essentials again, and I’ve already ordered a thing.
    • As of last night, we are at 13777 cases (+180 from the day before, +1264 from last week), 863 deaths (+6 from the day before, +39 from last week), 3177 recoveries (+85 from the day before, +542 last week). “Last week” numbers slightly lower because it’s only been 6 days since the last report. Maybe I should be monitoring the active cases too? Apparently our active case count has never dropped, and the DOH backlog in confirming cases is only getting larger. Reference.
    • As of last night, we are at 18086 cases (+862 from the day before, +4309 from last week), 957 deaths (+7 from the day before, +94 from last week), 3909 recoveries (+101 from the day before, +732 last week). The case numbers are exploding in growth, presumably because the DOH is catching up to the backlog, but that’s still super unsettling. Reference.
    • Worldwide, we are at 6.2 million cases and 372,000 deaths. Caveat: these numbers are from Worldometer.
  • Covid19 thoughts and updates:

    • We are officially one week deep into Modified ECQ. It should be a couple of weeks before the cases start picking up again, but we are already seeing a lot of traffic and crowds and such.
    • Lazada is back to shipping non-essentials again, and I’ve already ordered a thing.
    • I feel compelled to share this post by a friend of mine dubbing a certain local “expert” as “Science Mocha”.
    • My dad started going back to work last Wednesday. He says they have strict screenings and rules so that’s good. They don’t let anyone go out unless they’re already going home for the day, so he has to bring baon.
    • We did a grocery run the day before he went back to work. Not sure if it was because we went earlier, but it felt like there were slightly fewer shoppers that time.
    • As of last night, we are at 13777 cases (+180 from the day before, +1264 from last week), 863 deaths (+6 from the day before, +39 from last week), 3177 recoveries (+85 from the day before, +542 last week). “Last week” numbers slightly lower because it’s only been 6 days since the last report. Maybe I should be monitoring the active cases too? Apparently our active case count has never dropped, and the DOH backlog in confirming cases is only getting larger. Reference.
    • Worldwide, we are at 5.3 million cases and 340,000 deaths. Caveat: these numbers are from Worldometer.
  • Covid19 thoughts and updates:

    • I heard mass again via the Quiapo church website
    • ECQ in Metro Manila officially ended last Friday, and we are now on the supposedly slightly-less-strict “Modified ECQ”, where selected industries are now allowed to open, etc. But yesterday, the first day of MECQ, reports came in about traffic on the highways and lots of people flocking to the malls. I guess people got tired of being cooped up, which is not unexpected. The government messaging has not been very tight about the reopening, they should have made much clearer that despite the loosening of restrictions we should still take precautions and not go out unless absolutely essential. I guess it’s an indicator that many people were not staying in because they wanted to avoid spreading the virus, but rather because they had nowhere to go. I jokingly told some friends that maybe we should require something like a P1000 entrance fee to the malls. This would be terribly elitist, but honestly I’m not sure I’d say no at this point. Fully expecting chaos tomorrow, the first Monday of MECQ. Nobody knows for sure what’s going to happen, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we get our second wave and possible tightened lockdown again in maybe a month?
    • The Philippines now has the highest COVID-19 fatality rate and lowest recovery rate in ASEAN
    • Stayed in the whole week, although I’ve started doing short walks just outside our house for around 30 mins, never leaving the subdivision. I’m doing it in the early mornings, when there are fewer people around. (There’s very few people around during the day too!). A sort of prelude to getting back in the habit I guess?
    • As of today, we are at 12513 cases (+208 from yesterday, +1720 from last week), 824 deaths (+7 from yesterday, +105 from last week), 2635 recoveries (+74 from yesterday, +711 last week). Gain in active cases slightly higher from last week. Reference.
    • Worldwide, we are at 4.7 million cases and 313,000 deaths.
  • I mean, that’s true in general of course. But it certainly seems much more true in these pandemic times. Before all of this waves hands arounds frantically, people had a general sense of routine and predictability about their daily lives. It varied person by person of course, but many people had regular things like a steady job that kept them occupied for most of the week, a school where their kids could go off to most days, maybe a favorite bar or restaurant they visit every week or so, church on Sundays, friends you saw every other weekend or so, malls or stores they would pass by regularly, and so on and so forth.

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  • Covid19 thoughts and updates:

    • Previously: COVID19 Diary
    • Since the government decided to shut down ABS CBN, me and my Tita heard Sunday mass today via GMA at 5:30am
    • I went out once this week for a grocery run. Should be enough to last us for 2 weeksish. The grocery actually seemed less chaotic than usual.
    • Early this morning (after the mass) I took a walk outside for the first time since the lockdown started. Previously I had only gone out for groceries and meds. Only for less than 30 mins, and only in our subdivision, walking up and down the street. It’s good to be walking again, although this short and limited route is quite boring and full of neighbor’s dogs barking at me, so I’m not too fond of it, but it’s better to get the habit started again since I’ve been feeling the fatness piling on due to the quarantine and the lack of exercise.
    • Still no word on what happens to Metro Manila after the ECQ “ends” on the 15th. The mayors gave a bunch of options to the IATF that basically amounted to “whatever, we can’t decide”.
    • there’s this great site showing the progress of different countries in battling the pandemic: End Coronavirus .org. While some of our leadership are claiming we have already flattened the curve, comparing our data to other countries shows we still clearly need improvement.
    • The government is already preparing guidelines for when we shift to GCQ like only 150 passengers per MRT train (good luck with that!) and so on. This implies that they are leaning towards shifting from ECQ to the more lenient GCQ already.
    • We really have no data to indicate that the pandemic is under control in NCR, so lifting the ECQ would probably be dangerous, if not outright foolish. That being said, another question is how much longer people can take being under ECQ at all.
    • Social distancing in some barangays in QC went out the window today, as it’s the last day for distributing the social assistance funds to those in need. The QC government has had a lot of trouble distributing aid to their residents, which might be explained away by the sheer size of the city (and the fact that administrative support for a population does not scale linearly). I wonder what the statistics are re: number of government employees vs number of citizens per city in Metro Manila? In any case, large-scale logistics has never been the strong point of the Philippine government, at any level. This kind of chaos really holds us back as a society.
    • Word has it that there were a lot of cars outside today, presumably people buying food to celebrate Mother’s Day? For us, we just held a zoom call with the grandkids as usual.
    • As of today, we are at 10793 cases (+184 from yesterday), 719 deaths (+15 from yesterday), 1924 recoveries (+82 from yesterday). We’re still gaining more than 1,500 active cases a week, although a lot of those are now in the provinces. I’m not sure if there’s a data source I can use that shows the trends for NCR only? Reference.
    • Worldwide, we are at 4 million cases and 280,000 deaths. A full 1/3rd of all worldwide cases and 2/7ths of all deaths are in the US, which is still raring to reopen for the sake of the economy. We might be watching a tragedy unfold slowly in real-time over there.

Mar 2020