Virus is global


The entire world is at a standstill—aware, concerned and worried about the fatal coronavirus that has spread across the globe. The virus fills the lungs with fluid turning it dysfunctional until the person expires, according to a medical report.

It derails the sync in my train of thoughts but resort to spiritual meditation to stay focused and move on with my daily chores.

Yes! It’s pandemic where every country must deal with its affected people. Timely that President Trump has declared a health emergency to neutralize its spread across the fruited plain. It has adversely hit small businesses and jobs in most places.

Last week, the U.S. Congress approved some $850 billion to help Americans who suffered business and jobs losses regroup and rebuild. It’s intended to protect businesses and employees from a fate forced upon them by a bad economy hailing from the fatal virus. A positive move lest there would be empty streets and shops in cities across the country.

We are placed in uncharted territory by the deadly virus. It’s good that hi-tech avails of Skype where people still meet, though limited to a laptop screen.

Also read an article that the medical community is without firsthand answers. Research continues in medical labs the world over. As this effort moves forward, more people continue being infected by it, according to a medical article.

People catch the deadly virus via transmission—person to person—though it also develops internally without contacting infected people. It’s the strange behavior of pathogens that send medical experts delving into the issue to no avail.

We should be wary that the virus is hardest on the elderly and leaves no room for those with weakened immune system. It’s this group that is most vulnerable to expiring when infected. Take care of your grandparents!

Interesting the geopolitical debate on the origin of the viral infection. Was it manufactured and if so, who did it and how did it spread the virus successfully worldwide?

Let’s pray and hope that it doesn’t make it to the islands to spare our people the unsolicited hardship that comes with the territory. It’s good the order prohibiting visitors from nearby Asia to stem the spread of the deadly virus.


In addition, President Trump has instructed the Small Business Administration to provide capital to communities impacted by the virus. It would come in the form of low-interest loans to help small businesses overcome disruptions.

“It’s a uniquely meaningful and thoughtful instructive inclusion in these trying times,” said Sen. President Vic Hokog and Sen. Terry Santos. “It’s a matter of rallying behind countrymen to ensure their wellbeing when everything seems to come to a standstill and hopelessness.”

The President also asked Congress to expand the funds available for this program for small businesses by an additional $50 billion. This is a major expansion and its benefits should help entrepreneurs across the national economy reset and rebuild.

He subsequently ordered protection of all employees from payroll losses (income) or job losses as a result of the decrease in the economy. What has leadership here done in similar fashion for small businesses here? “Not yet, already?”


The President has also cancelled all travel from Europe for at least 30 days to curb the spread of the virus. What he’s done is strictly presidential, guarding the wellbeing of his people across the country. He supports treatment and distribution of medical supplies.

The virus, though, is bad tidings for the elderly, especially those with underlying health conditions. Comforting to know kids have the resiliency to ward off the virus. Saves families health care cost and dreadful trips to the hospital.

The last time a disease of pandemic proportions hit the islands was in the ’60s when the measles floored most people here. It comes with a real high fever, bringing you closer to the entrance of the pearly gate. It was a tough cookie all the way around.


Economic decrease has hit the NMI and that means far less revenue for basic needs. No worries! Let’s take it a step at a time: resolve the coronavirus first. Once it’s behind us, things ought to return to normalcy.

As worrisome and difficult the challenge the fatal viral infection brings, I am optimistic we could weather the storm.

It’s good the governor quickly discouraged entry of people from countries where the pest is common, a timely preventive measure.

It’s one time in our developmental history when the cultural sense of extending a helping hand to the less fortunate ones is timely. It helps us come to pulling those who have fallen behind walk together in unison.

John S. Del Rosario Jr. | Contributing Author
John DelRosario Jr. is a former publisher of the Saipan Tribune and a former secretary of the Department of Public Lands.
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