This responsibility needs to be shouldered together.
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Anxiety builds as we approach the end of 2020.
Following the surge of Covid-19 cases and fears of an impending infection wave that would hit our shores if cases continue to climb, online conversations reveal how Malaysians are frustrated and concerned for not only their lives but the overall wellbeing of the nation.
On social media, we also witness ordinary citizens pulling together in aid of those in need as well as reminding each other of what’s needed to be done in our fight against the pandemic.
But what else can we, the rakyat, do to hopefully bring an end to this devastating plague?
What’s at stake
Experts have pointed out that the spread of the coronavirus can be directly linked to ignorance towards standard operating procedures (SOP) and the lack of enforcement in maintaining those established guidelines.
I see old people hugging each other, others holding hands, fist-bumping and so on..Former Malaysia Medical Association (MMA) President Dr. N. Ganabaskaran via Malay Mail
But despite ongoing outbreaks, the reality remains that Malaysia cannot afford another nationwide lockdown, such as the Movement Control Order (MCO) period, in order to mitigate infection numbers.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin previously said that the impact that another lockdown would have on our economy and way of life would be devastating.
Economics Analyst from the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS), Calvin Cheng, told the South China Morning Post that Malaysia might not survive another infection wave with marginalised groups such as low-income families, women, youths and small businesses being affected the most.
Additionally, mandatory stay-at-home orders would also be detrimental to the state of the country’s mental health as mentioned by Dr .Khor Swee Kheng from the Malaysian Health Coalition (MHC).
Making the impossible possible, together
Responding to the impending crisis, the Health-Director General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah reminds the country that the only way to beat the pandemic is through our cooperative efforts at following guidelines according to the current Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) period.
“We have done that before and we are going to do it again”, said the DG speaking in retrospect to our previous achievement in bringing down infection cases to zero, earlier in July.
The DG asserts the importance of obeying the “3W’s” and “3C’s” principle in maintaining personal hygiene and physical distancing.
In order to again flatten the infection curve, Malaysians are also asked to set their own boundaries and to limit their interaction with the outside world.
How about all stay at Home for awhile again?— Noor Hisham Abdullah (@DGHisham) September 30, 2020
The DG also tells those who are sick and showing symptoms of Covid-19 to immediately seek testing and treatment, and for those under observation to comply by quarantine procedures.
As an added measure, without really needing to resort to calling any people out directly, the DG also suggested for Malaysians to refrain from hosting or attending large-scale events and gatherings.
Please avoid accusing one another of wrongdoings. This social responsibility needs to be shouldered together so that we can break the chain of transmission of the COVID-19 infection in our country. We have gone through it together before by taking care of ourselves, our families, our community and our country.Health-Director General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah via the Health Ministry (MOH)
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