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Update: Country and Us on Covid-19 Lockdown


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Malaysia's been on lockdown since Mar 18th, 2020 and today marks the 10th day we've been unable to leave our homes for any reason other than to purchase necessities or perform essential duties.

I can't say it's been easy and some family members have jokingly declared their intentions to book themselves into a psychiatric ward once it is over. For me, I declare that once this lockdown is lifted, the 80s rock hairstyle is going to be an in-thing again. I really should have dragged my boys for a haircut before the lockdown but I wasn't aware that the lockdown was going to be so IMMEDIATE.

So far, there are few problems related to getting food and necessary essentials to keep us alive at home but it is a little disconcerting to be screened by the police before we enter a freaking grocery store.

It's also a little insane to think that taking my kids out with me, in the car, to go to a convenience store might get me arrested for non-compliance.

Thanks to family members, we've a small stock of face masks, hand sanitizers, soap, and food. So, I suppose if we keep to this, we'll live and come out of this lockdown with a different outlook of the world.

Not being able to leave the home is one problem. The other bigger problem is that there has been 3 cases (so far) in the condo where I live and for the past 2 days, I was panicking a little. I tried not to show it but my nose was runny, my head was aching, my joints hurt for no reason (I've not been bouncing around to dance or yoga videos for now), and my throat started feeling a little sore.

I thought I saw a neon sign telling me to get tested for Covid-19 flashing in front of my eyes even when there is none. Imaginary? Delusional? Going crazy? I don't know.

But today, I am feeling kind of normal again. My nose has stopped being a freaking faucet and there's no fever. Still, I am wondering if I should get tested, you know...just in case. That's the kind of paranoia we're living with right now.

Malaysia's lockdown has been extended to Apr 14th, 2020 and this means this year's birthday for my boys and mom is going to be very different. We often go out for a good meal on their birthdays and this is impossible right now unless we have an online one with my family members.

Imagine that. But plausible, still.

Birthdays aside, I think this lockdown is taking a very intense toll on Malaysians and the country in general. I agree that we've taken the necessary steps just at the right time to curb the spread of the virus but it doesn't make it any easier.

Those people loitering around and taking jogs around parks are starting to piss me off. I've been on lockdown and these people are going to bars and jogging? If I see them, I might throw something at them.

They're not taking into account the fact that THEY might NOT get infected because they're healthy and young, the people they come into contact with MIGHT BE VULNERABLE. That's how virus spread, so, go read up or watch a good video from a reliable source if you're wondering why people opt to keep themselves in home-jail although they don't want to. Their ignorance or selfishness is beyond me.



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