Covid 19: When a number is read, a life is lost

At 5pm, as do many Malaysians, I sit in front the TV, awaiting the media briefing conducted by Health Ministry director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Frankly Dr. Noor Hisham conducts himself with such dignity and composure, that we the concerned public believe every word he says.

And why should we not?

Dr. Noor Hisham gives us the facts, the truth and nothing but the truth, his tone the same, be it starting of with the good news on recoveries before moving on to the number of cases and then the sad part of deaths.

As a professional and in respect of the families of those who succumbed to the Covid 19, Dr. Noor Hisham identifies them by patient number and a brief on who they were, without revealing too much private info.

As viewers, we must understand that behind every patient number, there is a life lost.

Behind every number there is a family that is grieving for their loved ones.

Behind every number we have lost another one of humankind.

My heart misses several Beats when the number of deaths are announced and the details, no matter how sketch they are, connects us to those who lost their lives.

We should all go flee a prayer for the souls of these brave men/women who lost their lives to an unseen enemy as how Covid 19 is often described.

We often ask ourselves just how we can help in this fight.

The answer is fairly straightforward – just stay at home.

The last 14 days must have been challenging to many and the next 14 will prove to be a mountain to those who cannot come to terms of being locked up within the confines of their homes.

But remember, you are not only doing yourself or your loved ones a favour but you are helping keep others alive.

Some may carry the virus without even knowing they are carriers as their antibody is strong enough to prevent the symptoms associated to Covid 19.

But not everyone is strong as the other and this is where we should not be selfish.

Over the past month the government has pleaded, cajoled and begged those with links to the Tabligh group at the Seri Petaling Mosque to get themselves tested,

And from April 1, it’s not an April Fool joke, the full brunt of the law will hit those hoarding these individuals.

So if you know anyone who was there , just make sure they get tested, not only will it save their life, but also the lives of others.

No one wants to be the fave behind the number that Dr. Noor Hishsm calls out at 5pm daily.

This is one jackpot no one wants to be holding the number,

So the next time you hear Dr. Noor Hisham reading out a number, imagine that is your loved one.

And if not try putting yourself in the shoes of those who lost a member of their family.

Let’s all fight this unseen virus with unseen unity and unseen integration.

Let’s do this for our Malaysia please.