In Omnia Paratus

I am rewatching Gilmore Girls for the nth time when I should be studying. Though that warrants a separate post (to further procrastinate).

We just hit a year since community quarantine protocols were set in place in the Philippines. And I don’t think it’s going away anytime soon. With almost 8,000 COVID-19 cases in the past 2 days, I feel that threat is looming over the world and it’s just a matter of time when we’ll get the exact opposite of herd immunity.

In March 2020, I thought it will be just a short hullabaloo, you know like how the Severe, Acute, Respiratory, Syndrome (SARS) Outbreak of 2003 just ‘went away’. Since the start of the safety protocols, Dane and I decided to have zero to minimal face-to-face interactions to practice caution on account of our immunocompromised moms.

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">I've been sitting in classes in school as I prepare for my comprehensive exam to get my diploma for my Master's in Management degree. One of the subjects I have is Theory and Practice of Management, where we were asked to read the story on the SARS, <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.amazon.com/China-Syndrome-Story-Centurys-Epidemic-ebook/dp/B000SEHJLQ&quot; target="_blank">China Syndrome: The True Story of the 21st Century's First Great Epidemic</a> as told by Karl Taro Greenfeld, then-editor of Times Asia in Hong Kong, where it all started. We also discussed a series of other diseases in history, their effects, and the corresponding management practices implemented during those times. Majority of the diseases we tackled were new to me and their effects on the human body were astounding (read: zombie). And all of them still exist today. You know what scares me the most? It's that there is no rule that we can only have one health crisis at a time.I’ve been sitting in classes in school as I prepare for my comprehensive exam to get my diploma for my Master’s in Management degree. One of the subjects I have is Theory and Practice of Management, where we were asked to read the story on the SARS, China Syndrome: The True Story of the 21st Century’s First Great Epidemic as told by Karl Taro Greenfeld, then-editor of Times Asia in Hong Kong, where it all started. We also discussed a series of other diseases in history, their effects, and the corresponding management practices implemented during those times. Majority of the diseases we tackled were new to me and their effects on the human body were astounding (read: zombie). And all of them still exist today. You know what scares me the most? It’s that there is no rule that we can only have one health crisis at a time.

While my takeaways were great on the Management part, it worries me that this is also just the start. SARS didn’t just go away or disappear, it just lost a viable host to spread further and it may come back. COVID-19 is another story, but the pace it’s going now frightens me terribly as the new variants make their way everywhere from host-to-host while we haven’t even resolved the current one.

Ready for anything—in omnia paratus—as the Life and Death Brigade in Gilmore Girls says.

I want to hope. I want all of the world to be ready for all of what’s coming, whatever that is. I want to continue looking forward to traveling, seeing friends, going out without a face mask suffocating me, and not being conscious about every package I get or every person going home from the outside world.

In omnia paratus. I hope we all are.

And to end and to answer the mandatory question of all Gilmore Girl fans— I’m Team Logan when I first watched it and still is for all the re-watches.



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