Metro Manila Community Quarantine - Day 40
Today I attended Day 2 of Google's Remote Working with G Suite webinar series. This consisted of four back-to-back 30-minute sessions discussing different ways to leverage G Suite solutions. Each talk was designed to stand on its own, so there was a lot of repetition across the talks, but that was inevitable, I guess. Still, it was a pretty insightful way to spend a few hours, and naturally, that got me tinkering with our G Suite admin settings to see what else I could do to help everyone make better use of the platform in a safe manner.
This led to me writing a LinkedIn article as a content experiment - my first post was an attempt at a non-technical guide for some essential security features every G Suite administrator should consider activating. It was an interesting writing experience and I may try my hand at a few more posts to sort of scratch that particular itch in the writing part of my brain. Plus people who know me well also know that I really do enjoy talking about Google products and so this makes sense. If it helps my LinkedIn networking and profile performance, then that's just a bonus. So it's both a writing exercise and a social media content experiment at the same time.
More than a few people have compared this quarantine to stuff from the Bible and how 40 is one of those numbers that come up a lot. But here we are, 40 days and 40 nights into this quarantine and things remain largely the same. The President is supposedly coming to a decision tonight in terms of how things will be handled moving forward but the official announcement will be released in the morning - which is admittedly a little weird for this administration.
In all likelihood, the quarantine is bound to be extended within Metro Manila at the very least as the capital region is the most affected by the spread of COVID-19. I feel like they might relax the quarantine order in other parts of Luzon that have few to no cases but that's already the best-case scenario.
Are we ready for another month of this? The answer may be different for each person, but we'll all have to figure out how to respond to the President's announcement tomorrow. Even if the ECQ were magically lifted come 1 May, would we actually want to risk rejoining the community and risking infection? Ae we prepared to return to the old normal already? That's the real question, I suppose.