What happens if COVID-19 lasts until 2022?

August 28, 2020

No one really knows until when this pandemic will last, but if it follows the pattern set by the Spanish flu pandemic, and no vaccine has been developed, this would be more likely to last for years

The Spanish flu, which happened in 1918, was the most horrific pandemic recorded in history. In the Philippines, a total of 80,000 deaths were recorded in which Manila and nearby provinces such as Bataan, Bulacan, Batangas, Rizal, Laguna, Tayabas, Pampanga and Nueva Ecija were affected during the first wave. While those provinces outside Metro Manila, who were more open to international selling and buying of goods were affected during the second wave and more deaths were recorded. These include Cebu, Iloilo, Pangasinan, Negros, and Camarines. Then followed by the third wave in which the mortality rate was as high as the second wave. 

The said pandemic lasted for two years maybe because during that time, there were no medical tools to develop a vaccine and even microscopes that could see the tiniest virus were not available until the 1930s. Unlike with our generation today, we have advanced medical equipment that could help in developing a vaccine for COVID-19. 

What’s going to happen next? How will this pandemic affect our future? 
According to studies more people will get sick and lose their jobs as the economy further drops. Retail businesses will close permanently as they will run out of goods to sell.

What do we need to do? 

1. Keep a healthy lifestyle - With all the health challenges that we are facing now, staying in shape and good condition is imperative. Continue to eat nutritious food, take supplements and avoid sedentary lifestyle. 

Here are some ways to protect yourself against COViD-19

2. Find ways to survive - If you are one of those who lost their jobs or are looking for one, then you have to act now. This pandemic is not going to be over soon, you have to do what you can to help yourself. 

Learn More: Smart Money Moves To Do During COVID-19 Isolation 

Some Filipinos have started engaging in online barter trade as another way to survive. Barter is where you exchange goods for other goods or services without using money. So why not do an inventory of what’s in your cupboards and cabinets and see what you can barter for something you need more at this time. Exchange your preloved clothes or bags for food or your kid’s essential needs or even a favorite snack. 

3. Grow your own food - People have considered growing vegetables in their backyard, either to provide food or just to achieve peace of mind during these difficult times. Planting and growing your own food keeps you active, saves you money, makes you healthy and it’s better for the environment. Get your kids involved. Let them have fun as you educate them with the benefits of eating vegetables. 

4. Save - Manage your finances well. Don’t splurge into online shopping or get swayed by all these sales. During this difficult time when your financial situation is greatly affected, you will realize the importance of having an emergency fund. Emergency funds help you get through tough times like this. 

5. Get health and life protection - We don’t know what’s ahead of us, but we can prevent more serious impacts that this novel coronavirus may bring us. Health insurance acts as our medical emergency fund in the event that we get sick and need hospital care while life insurance serves as our family’s lifeline in case of our sudden demise. 

Paramount Direct offers both health and life insurance products for 18 to 75 years old, at affordable monthly premiums. These products provide cash benefits to ensure your peace of mind and your family’s well-being.   

Visit our website, choose a product that suits your needs and a plan that you can afford. Your safety and convenience is our utmost priority. Just click the “Apply Now” button on the site and we’ll process your application online. You can also pay through our different online and cashless payment channels made available for you. In case you need assistance, our customer service is ready to take your call, Mondays through Fridays and help you with your concerns. 

Remember, if COVID-19 is here to stay, don’t panic. Focus, analyze your actions and prepare for what’s to come.