By Gabrien Santino Agravante

A brief description of my experience

Quarantine. What do you think when you hear this word? Do you think of confinement? Being stuck at home? Not being able to go out? Yes. That is what everybody thinks about quarantine. Well, maybe not everyone and definitely not me.

Well, let me start by telling you now.

The last time I went out was on March 13. It was a Friday. Little did I know that it was going to be the last time I would leave our house. I went out for some stuff to do in school. I would have ultimately regretted of not going out for school that day because I did not know that it was the last day I would be there physically in school.

Anyways, ever since the breakout of COViD-19 virus, we have been stuck at home, uncertain of what will happen in the days to come. It all started on March 20 when the mayor declared Enhanced Community Quarantine or ECQ. It was total lockdown and people were demanding relief goods in order to have provisions during the lockdown. This was also the time when the infamous “Quarantine Pass” was required of people when they had to go out for necessities.

That period was when people would stay up late and binge watch their favorite shows and movies. They could wake up late and be lazy. But, this was not the case for some people who could not sleep well because of uncertainty and anxiety.

A couple of months later, when the number of infected people lowered a bit, the city mayor had declared General Community Quarantine or GCQ. Now, people can go out to buy some groceries. This is also the time when some people report back to their work.

Approximately a month or two later, things were sort of looking good because the city mayor declared a lower quarantine level to Modified General Community Quarantine or MGCQ. This was the time when attending masses were allowed. A few more stores opened and the rules were a bit relaxed.

Came another month later, the number of COVID-19 cases surged a bit that forced the city government to declare back again to General Community Quarantine. The strict quarantine rules were enforced and attending masses was prohibited again.

Fast forward to the present, the city mayor declared back again to Modified General Community Quarantine because the number of COVID-19 cases were already manageable. As of today, we have been in quarantine for about a whopping 174 days and I am still stuck at home. This virus really pushed us to stay at home for almost 6 months.

Well, we can only hope for the best, like, for a vaccine to be developed and available for use the soonest. We pray and hope that this COVID-19 virus disappears. My friends, that is what quarantine has been for me.