The worst has happened

I have been delaying this post for two weeks now, in false hope and denial, but the truth is, we have COVID-19 community transmission here in our town for the first time, a year after the pandemic began.

We are okay, of course, but the poorer communities are not. It is more heartbreaking that there has yet to be any kind of support from the local government or a hint of sound plan to fix this situation.

Worst, the spread started from the municipal hall. Not outside as the local government feared and predicted, but inside the town, at its very heart, because of irresponsibility, ignorance, and arrogance.

This, after the unfair burden placed upon healthcare workers and the hospitality industry on a supposed preventive policy to stop the contagion coming from the outside.

The families of the turtle hatchery volunteers are affected, as well as the entire community, and many more. Sorry, but there will be no visual updates of releases for now but count on it that volunteers living next to the hatchery are looking after the last handful of nests that you have adopted. It is likely that we will not get to see them return to the sea, the last of an unforgettable first season, each a symbol of hope in this trying time.

Personally, I worry about my sisters who may be locked out of our town again, unable to come home because they are hospital workers. It happened the exact time last year, and I fear it will happen again, for no good reason.

It is Calvary at the moment. Frustrated and heartbroken, we continue to work with our friend, the priest from the local church, to send food packages to affected families, and thanks to Bubbles and Audrey, we will also be able to put some food on the table of the families of the hatchery volunteers affected by this spread: rice, eggs, bread, coffee, and canned food – it will make a difference.

We will help our community see this through. Thank you for your support.

92 thoughts on “The worst has happened

    1. Thank you. Vaccination is slow. They have yet to finish giving the first dose to healthcare workers. It is so frustrating to hear better vaccine programs from other countries.

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  1. Dear Markus,
    I am so sorry for what is going on and how it is affecting many lives. I do believe that these cases are real in the poorer communities. I also have witnessed that all is not what it seems. The governments are trying to rule people by fear. I have a family member who is in the line of duty working in the Hospital πŸ₯ putting her own life in danger even after finding out she is suffering from an autoimmune disease. She wears the proper gear but trust in God because these gears are bare minimum and the truth is that it’s not 100% secure in protecting every worker.
    The news media is spreading lies that the cases are really bad in Florida where she works and when we asked her she states the hospital is empty and she works in the cardiac unit. She has seen some cases and even has been exposed with people who tested positive with COVID-19. She also says that everything in Florida is normal they have not shut down. Everyone is living a normal life. You see some wearing mask and others not wearing them at all. Since then I have been following other news media that are reporting the truth because we are being lied too about the conditions of this virus. The governments, democratic and republicans are working hard to destroy the middle class. I have witnessed many nurses who took the vaccine when it first came out die and the governments have gone out of their way to cover it up. This is why I am afraid of my family member taking this vaccine due to her autoimmune disease. She tells me the Colleges are forcing people to take it, if not you cannot attend the College. She is going to College for her MD, while working as a RN. I keep her daily in my prayers and all those who are living in these horrible situations that have no choice but to take these vaccines. I have also witnessed some who got COVID get over it quickly. No worse than the last flu that was released to cause a worse effect but thank God it did not. I have worked in Homeland Security as a Consultant so I read a lot of personal documents that the public would not read. I have seen the damage that these people in power have cause and is still causing. People need to educate themselves and learn the truth. Do not follow blindly. Most of all trust God. Be led by the Holy Spirit.
    I personally trust God completely because His Word does says if we were to drink or take any deadly poisonous things our Faith in Jesus Christ will protect us and these poisonous things will not harm us. I will continue to pray for you and your love ones, also for those in your community. My heart goes out to you all. May God protect you all is my prayer.
    πŸ’–Charity

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    1. Thank you, Charity. Sorry to hear about your sister. We are in the same situation, worrying every day about our loved ones. Our best hope is for everyone to take personal responsibility and be educated. For us here, we are trying to do our best to help our community. Stay safe and healthy and thank you for your well-wishes.

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      1. Yes, they have. I live in Denmark and we are slowly starting to open up more areas of society. I’m back finishing my last few months of highschool and then I graduate (yay!). I things will be more or less problemfree, but I reassure and remind myself everyday that better days are coming. We must not loose hope in these dark times! xx

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  2. So sorry to hear about this! This has been the situation here in Manila for a year now, and it’s heartbreaking to see it spreading further. you’re doing great in helping the community. Sending positive thoughts your way.

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  3. I’m so sorry. As the entire world is learning, remaining vigilant and strong through this pandemic is tiring. Too many let their guard down or deny there’s a problem. It’s hard to keep fighting an invisible foe, whether it’s a virus, or ignorance. Your sisters must be exhausted, working in health care. Take care, and keep taking care of those around you because that will help you cope.

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    1. I agree. Everyone is weary, which is why all of us must act responsibly and be informed correctly. Otherwise, we will keep cycling through these surges. Really sad.

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  4. Covid has had a very big impact on our lives here! It has changed how we think and how we operate in the world and it will affect everyone in the world, in one way or another! The world has not found a way to deal with it and that is worrying for the future! My thoughts are with you and your families. πŸ™

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    1. Agree, our only hope is this helps us create a better future and not the other way around. Bigger problems like the climate crisis are incoming. If we are not careful, this is only the start.

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    1. Thank you, Robbie. Please stay safe and healthy. It is really sad, how much life this pandemic has taken. While other countries are going back to normal and getting most of their population vaccinated, here we are dealing with our first community transmission.

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  5. Thank you for coming by my blog. So sorry for you and your community. Hope that this setback will blow over soon! JHave a blessed Easter! esh.

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  6. I’m so sorry!!! What a disaster to have it hit as most wealthy countries are vaccinating like crazy, giving little thought to the reality that if not everyone, globally, is vaccinated then it makes no real difference.
    I hope everyone survives. Please stay as safe as possible!

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    1. Thank you. Your donation has been carrying the community. The families of hatchery volunteers were grateful for the food. We will send another one next week. Looking at the statistics, we will stay like this all month. Hopefully, most will survive. It is frustrating to say the least. But we are lucky, compared to others. We are down to the last nest, btw. The other one hatched today. Puts a smile on the face. Thanks again for your kindness and support.

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        1. Thank you. We will continue to support them as best we can. Many thanks for your support. People like you remind us that we cannot be weary or just give up. There is reason for hope. Also, we are on the last nest of the season. I am really sad that I cannot see the turtles.

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    1. Complacency is the problem, as well as lack of education. Both could have been addressed by better policy. But we are already here and we must deal with the contagion. We expect almost triple the cases before we peak. Possibly until the start of next month. It will be a long four weeks for us.

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    1. We need to help each other. If we wait, things will become worst. People need to eat and isolate. This is a poor community to begin with. There is nothing coming from the local government. We do what we can but it is honestly beyond frustrating.

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  7. Thinking of you all at this time, Micah. What you and Markus do, along with others, to help those who are suffering under the tyranny of incompetence, is beyond measure. In fact it is priceless. Your local communities are so lucky to have you. I am sure things will be okay for your sisters, too. Be safe and take care 😊

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    1. Thank you for the encouragement, Sean. No help will come if we do not act. We are lucky our priest friend mobilized relief efforts fast. Unfortunately, he needs to isolate because he was direct in contact with a positive case from the municipal hall. Hopefully, he will be fine. It os frusttating because it is impossible for us to give enough and handle this. The problem is too big and to say there is poor leadership is generous – there is no leadership.

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      1. All I can do is offer poster and signage templates, simple guidelines developed by government/employer groups here and other documents (I have developed for local governments) that have information and ideas in them that could be used/adapted, if that is of any use.

        The posters serve as reminders re hand washing, social distancing, number of people that can be in a room (they work that out themselves eg 1 person per 4m2 or 2m2 – depends on how serious it is) and so on. The information contains how to clean down common use areas and works spaces on a regular basis and what to do when someone is infected. There are sign in sheets that can be adapted for contact tracing.

        These simple things work, which has been proved here.

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        1. Yes, thank you. We also plan to have videos shared where my sister, a doctor, speaks with our priest friend to simplify covid and safety. Short videos that people can watch on social media and hopefully learn a thing or two.

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    1. Thank you. We are not incredibly worried for ourselves because we know what to do and are able to support ourselves. The bigger concern is infected families in lockdown and the majority that are misinformed or uneducated. It has been a year and nothing has been done or prepared in case of the worst that had already arrived.

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  8. I am so sorry to hear this. It is so frustrating. We are seeing community transmission here as the 3rd wave of COVID has hit. The first wave was mainly long-term care facilities. The 3rd wave is mainly community transmission as people ignore public health guidelines and go ahead with their gatherings.
    Prayers for you and your community. πŸ™

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    1. I hope things improve in your community, too. People need to be better educated so they can protect themselves, and policy must be carefully placef so people can have some form of life while maintaining safety. It is possible – countries with better leadership have shown that it is.

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      1. I am not sure education is the issue here in Canada. People know what they need to do. Sadly, we live in a world where many people aren’t willing to put the greater good ahead of their own personal wants. Having the United States as our closest neighbour definitely doesn’t help.

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        1. I understand. Markus and I discuss this. He says technology advancements will help us deal with this pandemic better than the last. I told him but we are still the same people with the same attitude about things and so nothing really changes for us.

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    1. We will, thank you. So far, it feels like wr cannot do enough. People need to be educated correctly so they can protect themselves. So far, they have been made ignorant and complacent, victims of poor leadership.

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    1. Thanks. We honestly feel helpless. We can do these small things but unless policy improves and everyone learns how to handle this correctly, little will change. We need better leadership and more education.

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    1. I am afraid that we will all be closing and opening and back until every individual takes personal responsibility and leaderahip improves – whichever comes first. How is the vaccine rollout there?

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