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April 28, 2020

#StaySmart And Share More Stories

#StaySmart And Share More Stories

The fight against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been a tough one. When President Rodrigo Duterte first imposed the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), many Filipinos didn’t know what the future might hold — as the thought of being stuck inside their homes and not going out except for essential trips is challenging. 

Filipinos are naturally sociable people, befriending others at any chance they get, going out of their way to make others feel comfortable, and bringing as many people as possible to get-togethers. But with the ECQ and implementation of social distancing, all of that had to stop and people were forced — for their own good — to stay inside their homes.

Some studies show that uncertain times can lead to increased anxiety, which is why it is important to stay connected with our loved ones while in lockdown. It is fortunate, however, that we now live at a time when we can communicate with almost everyone digitally. Aside from making calls and sending text messages, we can also use social media and make video calls. 

#StaySmart while staying connected 

Now, more than ever, we need positive social interactions to get through the ECQ and social distancing. Thankfully, Smart allows Filipinos to stay connected with friends, loved ones, colleagues, and the outside world by sharing stories that matter.

We have seen various stories of how people are managing their time. We have seen stories of people spending time with their pets and how happy these floofs are. We have seen stories of people learning how to bake their own bread — especially banana bread, cook more laborious dishes, or make the viral Dalgona coffee. We have seen people who are working from home share pictures of their video meetings with colleagues, as well as friends having drinking sessions via video chatting platforms. There are also stories of people showing what they are watching on Netflix or television. 

We have seen inspirational stories where people rise up and help where help is needed, donating reusable face masks, face shields and personal protective equipment (PPE) suits; sending money to fundraising efforts; and giving goods to the poor, tired and hungry. 

We have also seen stories of hope: positive COVID-19 patients getting better and eventually released from the hospitals; people applauding medical frontliners as a way of showing their thanks for their services; stories of people helping food delivery men; and COVID-19 survivors donating their blood to critically ill patients. During this time, we have also seen people use the lockdown as a time to reflect on their faith and appreciate time with their families. 

With Smart, it is possible to find the positive and maintain this positivity — for your family, friends and community — while staying put and staying smart to flatten the curve.

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