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Dear Covid 19

Dear COVID-19,

 

You have been a merciless and destructive force, destroying the livelihoods of millions and indiscriminately taking countless of innocent lives. You have brought immense agony and anguish to the world, taking away our loved ones and impoverishing populations as the world struggles to fight against you. Life hasn’t been the same and undoubtedly it won’t be for many months to come as the pandemic rages on. 

 

However, it has been a distressing process, with many losing their jobs and routine lifestyles, leading to increased concern about the well-being of the population. These developments have impacted the mental and emotional well-being of individuals; where they experience anxiety as a result of constant exposure to global and local media news coverage, economic and career uncertainties, and the seemingly unavoidable fear of contracting the virus. 

 

Despite the constant dreadful negativity, it’s truly heart-warming and refreshing to see Singaporeans banding together, creating an environment that showcases unity and selflessness during this difficult time. Many have shown different and unique ways of supporting each other. Some showcased never-ending love and support to our hard-working front-liners, others have started their own initiatives and projects to support vulnerable groups that require assistance. Ultimately, this pandemic has been a true testament of the grit and resilient spirit Singaporeans, that we willingly choose to help one another, and not cower in fear and fall selfishly to our own individual needs. 

 

I could meaningfully use this opportunity to spend more time with family at home, even having quiet celebrations for special occasions such as Mother's Day, Dad’s birthday and welcoming the holy month of Ramadan.

I do consider myself extremely fortunate that this pandemic has only been a highly disruptive inconvenience for me, having to only stay at home comfortably with all my loved ones. Blessed as well that I could meaningfully use this opportunity to spend more time with family at home, even having quiet celebrations for special occasions such as Mother's Day, Dad’s birthday and welcoming the holy month of Ramadan. I’ll always be ever grateful that my loved ones – my friends and family – have been taking great care of themselves and are safe. 

 

And of course, I’d never consider myself an expert, so I’m uncertain how life would be in the months to come. Likewise, I don’t have any expectations or things to look forward to at the moment. All I could ever hope for from the bottom of my heart is that there will soon be a strong decline in the number of global cases, where nations can finally start worrying about rebuilding their own countries. But who knows when? Only time will tell. 

Saifuddin Arif

14 May 2020