By: Stephanie G. Tizon / The Dominican Gazette
Shivering alone in a cold and dark room, asides from silence, there are heavy breathes and the sounds of a heartbeat monitor can be heard through every wall. The feeling of being watched. Sudden screams, crying, and wailings from outside the room.
There is only one thing that still haunts in every thin wall. Visiting Japan is sure is one of our bucket lists and there is nothing happier than to enjoy a vacation with your family. It’s February 2020 when we planned our marvelous trip to Japan, a great way to spend our vacation for the summer. I was happy and ready to go until I heard rumors about a certain virus spreading all around the world, it sure does sound risky but I’ve already booked our flight and I don’t want to let my family feel disappointed towards canceling our trip, besides what are the chances of us being infected? Maybe we’ll be spared from the virus if we took precautions such as masks, gloves, and alcohol to sanitize our hands.
7 days after we arrived back in the Philippines. As I opened the television to finally relax, the news came in, according to Kiko Rosario, the associated press of ABC News said that there was a 48-year-old tax lawyer who had begun showing symptoms of the covid-19 virus. It also said that he’s the fourth case in the Philippines, but the first to be confirmed in having the disease.
I began to panic; I suddenly felt my surroundings like a sudden hit of a blur. My ears began to enter a deafening silence as I fight myself to be conscious, I began to wheeze myself as if I’m being suffocated. I don’t know what’s happening, everything becomes dizzy and now I can’t control my coughing. Where am I? Where is my wife? My daughter? I need to get out.
Everything became black.
Here I am, alone in a cold and dark room, heavy breathes and the sounds of a heartbeat monitor can be heard through every wall. Feeling of being watched by the negative pressure within the isolation. As I hear screams, crying, and wailings of people and running footsteps outside the room.
My name is Carlo Navarro, a 48-year-old tax lawyer, the fourth case in the Philippines, but the first to be confirmed in having the Covid-19 disease. Hanging by a piece of thread while hearing the cries from the outside and the taunting whispers on the inside. Please, stay safe, wear your mask, sanitize your hands and always be cautious. Follow the safety protocols and quarantine yourself if you’ve been exposed outside. Quarantine may seem as our lack of freedom in the outside world but you don’t want to experience what I have, don’t take the risk of fighting the virus on your own in the hospital all alone.
There is only one thing that still haunts in every thin wall, fear of the inevitable, death.