TWO FACES OF COVID 19
From a Letter to the Editor of a broadsheet.
TWO FACES OF COVID 19
Please allow us this studied reaction on, “Trump: Covid came from Chinese lab” in your issue of May 02, 2020.
Trump double-speaks (to a political audience given his re-election bid) as he panders the might of his USA, accusing China whose economy outperforms his.
His State Secretary Mike Pompeo over Newsradio 1040 declared, “We don’t know if it came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. We don’t know if it emanated from the wet market or yet some other place. We don’t know these answers. ”
That’s subtle diplomacy in pinning the air off his President.
Wuhan is the capital city of Hubei province, in East China, at the junction of Han Shui and Chang Jiang; a conglomeration of the cities of Hankou, Hanyang and Wuchang.
Webster defines VIRUS is an ultramicroscopic (20 to 300 m in diameter), metabolically inert infectious agent that replicates only with the cells of living hosts, mainly bacteria plants and animals composed of an RNA or DNA core, a protein coat, and, in more complex viruses, a surrounding envelope.
I was born in the community of Barangay Calape, Daan Bantayan, Cebu, the Philippines, where people, then, just relieved themselves in the middle of corn fields. We took for granted “something” feasts on human feces and sticks on the muddy back of carabaos (water buffaloes).
Now, biologists call that “something” as “fecal virus” and assign them numbers in parallel logic with Teacher 1 or 2 or 3 for Principal 1 or 2 or 3, a safe regime for dodging the bullet or finger-pointing. But, misses the forest for the trees.
When I was at Grade School in the fifties, behind Annex 1 of the San Nicolas Elementary School, Cebu City, is a large commercial vegetable farm owned by a Chinese from Wuhan whose daughter was my classmate.
Whenever we visit her to ask for seedlings for our school garden plots, she would readily oblige but would ask to relieve ourselves in their garden as there were no comfort rooms. Neither did we mind.
Little did we realize we are part, then, of natural energy recycling: for our fecal discharge to be chelated by microbes as fertilizer to feed the produce. No carbon footprint, truly organic, supply unlimited, does not degrade the soil but “massage” it to optimum production!
A secular mindset that Covid 19 may be an accident from a biological weapon laboratory is an indictment humanity may be in the pits --- for believing a power will kill in genocide millions of his own to be able to kill and dominate billions of others.
Let us look on how Nature cleanses the forest: by wind, by lightning, by fire, to open spaces for newer and stronger growth. Darwin had realized this as “survival of the fittest.”
The new Millennia is time appropriate to level things for as Africans starve, Americans are getting obese. That the pursuit of wants is masked as struggle for needs, regardless the degradation of the environment, puncture of the ozone layer and start of climate changes where the seas reclaim island nations, sandstorms in Greenland, snow blizzard at the Sahara.
My spiritual faith clearly sees Covid 19 as another wake-up call, the “war cloud” as the bubonic plague, HIV-AIDS, SARS, MERS, EBOLA, all projected as the Armageddon of the human specie. Covid 19 is a stronger dose triggering economic collapse all over --- yet, the world is now united in common struggle, in annealing a common weal.
My point is that in this pandemic, we shall overcome. Faster, if Government uses communication instead of power and self-importance; easier, if folks see heroism in each one, accepting what must be done for the survival of most.
Meantime, the prevalent mood is fear; the prevailing mode is stigma and rejection.
Mass media must herald facts in the proper context. Media moguls should realize people suffer the collateral damage of the rat race for the headlines, a race only rats could win.
Salamat po, thank you,
MS. ESTRELLA M. V. MARTINEZ
Lawyer, CPA, Broker-Real Estate