With all the negativity brought by the pandemic crisis, we can’t help but feel low. Sure we’ve been hearing bad news on TV almost everyday, or reading complaints online all the time, but being stuck at home and having limited things to do? We’re not used to that. Hence, we get frustrated. 

But that’s okay. It’s normal to feel that way in this challenging time. But hey, look on the other side. There’s still some things to be happy about.

Check out these good news that will definitely put a smile on your face and will inspire you to keep going.

1. Free concert by artists around the world 

Here’s something to get you entertained and sing along with the iconic artists around the world while raising funds to help the needy.

One World: Together At Home global special will be aired on April 18, 2020 in celebration and support of healthcare workers. 

Historic broadcast to be hosted by Jimmy Fallon of ‘The Tonight Show,’  Jimmy Kimmel of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ and Stephen Colbert of ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,’ Friends from Sesame Street Also on hand to help unify and inspire people around the world to take meaningful actions that increase support for the global COVID-19 response.

Curated in collaboration with Lady Gaga, broadcast to include Alanis Morissette, Andrea Bocelli, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Burna Boy, Chris Martin, David Beckham, Eddie Vedder, Elton John, FINNEAS, Idris and Sabrina Elba, J Balvin, John Legend, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Kerry Washington, Lang Lang, Lizzo, Maluma, Paul McCartney, Priyanka Chopra Jonas,  Shah Rukh Khan and Stevie Wonder.

This will also feature real experiences from doctors, nurses and families around the world.

To know more details about this concert, read here.

2. Free online courses by top universities

 

Self-improvement is a productive thing that you can do while at home. Take advantage of the free online courses offered by some of the world’s leading universities like Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford, and Harvard.

Here are some of the courses available:

Finance for Everyone, University of Michigan

Child Nutrition and Cooking, Stanford University

Innovation for Entrepreneurs: From Idea to Marketplace, University of Maryland

The Science of Well-Being

You can check out all the free online courses available at Class Central or https://www.classcentral.com

Aside from these links given, there are more courses to learn offered online. Let your mind travel and explore the amazing world of the internet. Take advantage of this free time of yours adding more knowledge. 

3. 107-year-old Dutch woman is the world’s oldest person to survive COVID-19

This is something to give hope to those battling with COVID-19. Centenarian Cornelia Ras fell ill on March 17, a day after her 107th birthday, after attending a church service with fellow residents of her nursing home on the island of Goeree-Overflakkee, south-west of Rotterdam. On April 6, the pensioner was told that she had beaten the virus.

4. The environment is healing

 

Air quality is significantly improving. Secretary Roy Cimatu of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said that the major cause of climate change, which is air pollution mainly due to industrial and transport-related carbon emissions, is being abated significantly.

He also highlighted the reduced volume of waste in public places because people are in strict home quarantine while factories, offices, buildings and businesses like restaurants are closed.

Canal water in Venice has cleared up without boat traffic. Air pollution in China has plunged amid unprecedented lockdowns. In Thailand and Japan, mobs of monkeys and deer are roaming streets now devoid of tourists.

5. Free counseling or psychotherapy services

 

The University of the Philippines Diliman Psychosocial Services (UPD PsycServ) is offering free counseling or psychotherapy services for those affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation in the Philippines.

UPD PsycServ is temporarily offering telepsychotherapy sessions or consultations for free to:

– Frontline workers (e.g. health care workers, service providers, etc.)

– COVID-19 patients, PUMs & PUIs

– Relatives of frontliners, patients, and PUMs & PUIs, and

– Anyone who is affected/disturbed by the COVID-19 pandemic

To avail of this, just send a text or Viber message to 09063743466 or 09167573157 with your name and concern.

You can also accomplish a form on the link http://bit.ly/PsycServPH to receive a call from a PsycServ volunteer from Monday to Friday,  9 am to 5 pm.

Aside from this, there are many people, organizations, companies and governments around the world, stepping up to help flatten the curve. These news are inspiring that we can reflect on, something to work on for ourselves too if we can reach the same capability of help. 

But this doesn’t mean we won’t do our part anymore. Staying at home is our own contribution and having the vision of seeing the bigger picture that this will eventually end. 

Additional thought to continuously keep yourselves happy according to www.health.harvard.edu is to be grateful. In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. So there you have it. Let’s all share the love and embrace the positivity in life!

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Kasabay ng paglala ng nararanasang krisis ngayon dulot ng COVID-19 pandemic ay ang pagkalat ng mga maling impormasyon at mga pekeng balita sa social media na maaaring magresulta ng hindi magagandang sitwasyon.

Maging ang World Health Organization (WHO) ay nababahala rito. Anila, hindi lang ang naturang virus ang kalaban ng mundo kundi pati na rin ang “infodemic” o ang labis na pagkalat ng mga maling impormasyon at halimbawa ng fake news sa social media tagalog. ‘Di gaya ng virus, mas mabilis pa nga raw kumalat ang “fake news” pero singpanganib daw ito ng kinatatakutang COVID-19. Dahil sa bawat impormasyong ibinabahagi sa telebisyon, radyo, dyaryo, at online ay buhay rin ang nakasalalay. At ang epekto ng fake news ay maaaring mauwi sa mga sitwasyong hindi kaaya-aya.

Paano mapigilan ang maling balita?

Sa panahon ngayon, dapat mas maging maingat tayo sa pamamahagi ng mga balitang ating nakakalap. Para maiwasan ang mga fake news na kumalat, narito ang limang paraan na maaari mong gawin:

  1. Siguraduhin ang kredibilidad ng pinagmulan ng impormasyon
  2. Tiyaking tama ang impormasyong ipapasa
  3. Huwag magpadala sa emosyon ng nabasa
  4. Think before you click
  5. Kapag nakabasa kang mali, itama mo
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Kaya naman nananawagan kami sa lahat na bago mag-share o mag-repost ng impormasyon, maging mapanuri muna at tiyaking tama ang ibabahagi niyo. Para maiwasan ang pagkalat ng fake news, narito ang ilang paraang maaari ninyong gawin:

people with phones using social media

1. Siguraduhin ang kredibilidad ng pinagmulan ng impormasyon

Bago magbahagi ng balita, alamin muna kung saan nanggaling ang impormasyon at suriin ang paraan ng pagbabalita. Ilan sa mapagkakatiwalaang sources ng mga balita ay mga anunsyo mula sa gobyerno, balita mula sa mga media network (TV, dyaryo, at online), at mga sangay gaya ng WHO. 

Kapag ang impormasyon ay galing sa isang website, mas mainam kung ang website ay nagtatapos sa .edu o .org.

2. Tiyaking tama ang impormasyong ipapasa

Sa panahon ngayon na maraming gumagamit ng social media, mas dapat pa tayong maging kritikal sa ating mga nababasa. Hindi lahat ng nakikita o nagba-viral online ay totoo dahil maraming nagkalat na fake news tagalog.

Bago mo ibahagi ang nabasa mo, siguraduhin mo munang tama ang impormasyon. Kung nakadududa ito, mag-research at magbasa ka pa ng ibang artikulong kahalintulad ng paksang nakita mo lalo na kung ito’y tungkol sa kalusugan gaya ng mga kumakalat na home remedy tips at health benefits ng naturang pagkain. 

Kapag kumalat ang maling impormasyon o iba pang halimbawa ng fake news sa social media tagalog, baka mapahamak ang taong makababasa nito lalo na kapag ginawa niya ang mga nabasa niya.

3. Huwag magpadala sa emosyon ng nabasa 

Likas sa atin ang pagiging emosyonal kaya naman kapag may isang artikulo, blog, o social media post na nakapukaw ng ating emosyon ay agad na natin itong paniniwalaan kahit misan ay fake news pala; hindi dahil mabilis lang tayo mapaniwala kundi dahil iyon ang gusto nating marinig na impormasyon sa mga panahon ng paghihirap. Karaniwan ito sa mga may paksang nakakapagbigay ng inspirasyon, good vibes, at mga umano’y benepisyo. 

Bagamat walang masama rito, mainam lang na siguraduhin munang tama ang ibabahagi niyong impormasyon.

4. Think before you click 

Isang magandang aksiyon para maiwasan ang pagkalat ng maling impormasyon ay ang pagsasagawa ng “think before you click” mentality. Bago ka mamahagi ng balita, pag-isipan mo munang mabuti kung ano ang mga magiging epekto nito sa nakararami; kung ano ang maganda at masamang dulot nito; kung mahalaga ba ito na malaman ng marami; at kung makatutulong ba ito sa sambayanan. 

Huwag agad-agad mag-share ng mga nababasa online. Maging responsable sa lahat ng oras dahil kadalasan ay masama ang epekto ng fake news.

5. Kapag nakabasa kang mali, itama mo

Kung nakakita ka ng mga halimbawa ng pekeng balita sa social media, ikaw na mismo ang pumigil sa pagkalat nito. Kung alam mong walang kuwenta o mali ito, ‘wag mo nang ipamahagi para hindi na madagdagan ang mga taong makababasa nito. 

O kaya naman, puwede mo itong i-share pero sabihin mo sa iyong post na mali ang naturang impormasyon kaya hindi dapat maniwala ang mga tao rito, basta siguraduhin mo lang na may kredibilidad ang source mo.

Frequently Asked Questions Tungkol Sa Mga Paraan ng Pag-Iwas Sa Maling Balita

Q: Anu-ano ang mga paraan para maiwasan ang pagkalat ng maling balita?

A: Gaya ng mga sakit, sadyang delikado ang pagkalat ng mga maling impormasyon. Narito ang ilang paraan para maiwasan ang pagkalat ng maling balita:

  1. Siguraduhin ang kredibilidad ng pinagmulan ng impormasyon
  2. Tiyaking tama ang impormasyong ipapasa
  3. Huwag magpadala sa emosyon ng nabasa
  4. Think before you click
  5. Kapag nakabasa kang mali, itama mo

Q: Ano ang epekto ng pagkalat ng maling balita?

A: Kapag mali ang impormasyong nakalap at ikinalat, marami itong posibleng maidulot sa mga tao. Ilan sa mga ito ay:

  1. Posibleng makaapekto ito sa mental health
  2. Maaaring makasira ng reputasyon ng isang tao o kompanya
  3. Posibleng magdulot ng alitan at mauwi sa physical violence

Q: May batas ba tungkol sa pagkakalat ng maling balita?

A: Sa ilalim ng Republic Act 10951 na nag-aamyenda sa Revised penal Code, maaaring makulong nang hindi lalagpas sa anim na buwan at magmulta nang hanggang P200,000 ang sinumang mapatutunayang nagkalat ng maling balita o fake news.

Q: Nakakita na ba kayo sa internet ng mga fake news at iba pang hindi ligtas sa inyong anak at pamilya?

A: Oo. Sa panahon ngayon, talagang marami na ang mga fake news na kumalat tungkol sa gobyerno, personalidad, o kahit sa ating mga malalapit na kakilala.

Q: Paano malalaman na fake news tagalog ang iyong nakita?

A: Narito ang ilan paraan para malamang pekeng balita sa social media ang kumakalat:

  1. Hindi mapagkakatiwalaan ang source
  2. Wala ang balita sa ginawa mong pananaliksik tungkol sa fake news
  3. Kaduda-duda ang paraan ng pagbabalita
  4. Hindi ito ibinalita ng mga TV Network, dyaryo, o radyo
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The number of people affected by COVID-19 is increasing everyday. More people are scared to leave their homes, thus, the hospitality industry is suffering greatly. But the industry has been through this before, during the SARS outbreak in 2003, and hotels that made strategic decisions survived the crisis.

During this pandemic, all we can do to rise above it is to stand together. With that, ZEN Rooms is sharing tips on how you can cut costs in your hotel so your business won’t be as affected at this time. However, if you need an immediate and long-term solution, click here to talk to a ZEN Rooms Business Development Manager today.

Here’s what you can do immediately in your hotel to cut costs in the midst of COVID-19:

Cost-saving initiatives you can do today

hotel staff fixing the bed

1. Plan room assignments

If you have multiple floors in your hotel, choose the floor which has the most booked room types. Accommodating all guests in nearby rooms makes it possible to close down floors temporarily and reduce manpower assignment, electricity consumption etc.

2. Reduce consumption

In the morning, open your windows and make use of natural light instead of bulbs. Switch off the air conditioner and other equipment at night, or in areas with low foot traffic. You can also go paperless, and only print forms and reports that are strictly necessary. Aside from saving costs, you’re also helping save the environment. 

3. Review expenses and contracts with suppliers

Look for suppliers who can provide more convenient prices, or sit down with them to renegotiate clauses for more convenient terms. Many suppliers can be understanding and extend a discount for the time of crises. 

4. Reduce the complimentary items you provide

Only provide the linen items that are strictly necessary for your guest’s comfort. For example, you can remove all the hand towels you provide in each room, and give them only to guests who ask. This way,you limit your costs on laundry. 

5. Adjust your staff’s working schedule

Reduce the number of staff on duty during night shift to avoid the additional expense of night differential, and keep overtime to a minimum. For example, your managers and supervisors can assist at the front desk or take up other tasks instead of having someone else stay after the end of their standard working hours. Maximize your employees’ time while occupancy is low by asking them to clear any unused leaves. 

6. Look for extra sources of revenue

For example, vending machines can be installed in the property on a profit sharing model. The expense to operate them is close to zero, and they even provide a better experience to guests.

7. Prepare for the future

Emergencies don’t last forever, so it’s the perfect time to focus on repairs and maintenance projects while occupancy is low. Preventive maintenance of equipment is also essential to avoid unexpected big expenses because something suddenly breaks down and needs to be replaced, or higher energy consumption caused by defective items.

If you need professional advice on how you can sustain your hotel business amidst this pandemic, you may reach out to us at any time. Click here to talk to a Senior Business Development Manager today. 

 

 

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Talking about being positive at this time might seem unusual and insensitive especially with all the devastating things happening to the world due to the coronavirus pandemic. But staying optimistic is an important factor in coping.

While this pandemic has brought a lot of pain to us, it gave us a gift; a perfect opportunity to live our lives meaningfully. In the face of overwhelmingly bad news about what’s happening to the world, we need to stay strong. We don’t set aside the fact that the coronavirus threatens us all but what we’d like you to think right now, at least for the meantime, is its bright side.

We now have the opportunity to take a time off

a girl lying on the floor listening to music

Let’s admit it, before any of these things happened, we were all soaked and letting ourselves drown in work. We’re always dedicating our time to accomplish our tasks, which is not wrong, but most of our time in a day is focused on our tiring jobs. We forgot to give time for other meaningful things. It may be too hard to believe but the pandemic just gave us a gift—a gift of time. Because of the coronavirus outbreak, we got the opportunity to spend more time with our families. We can now enjoy the break we’ve been longing for so long. Or we can do the one thing we’ve been dying to do, but can’t because of lack of time. Whatever you do now, make it worthwhile.

We can now be closer to our families

asian family enjoying because of work from home

Gone are the days that we have to leave the house before the sun rises and go home late in the evening. Because of the home quarantine and lockdowns, the time we spent commuting can now be dedicated to our family. This is the best time to finally bond with them and relieve the what-could-have-been great times when you’re busy working. Cook for your parents; have a chat with your siblings; play board games or have a movie marathon together. Now is the time to create more great memories together as a family. 

We can contribute to many great acts of kindness

Photo courtesy by Lu Zhenyan of World Vision

And generosity. Because of what’s happening right now—lack of supplies and down businesses—more and more people are willing to give a hand. People are helping each other. From the big companies who donated billions of dollars to an ordinary citizen who gave free food to the frontliners, people showed their compassion and love for their country and fellowmen. If you think you don’t have the capacity to donate money or food, you can still help by simply spreading the word on social media and letting the world know that someone needs their help. Make the most of what you have. 

We now have the opportunity to reflect on ourselves

a girl looking at the window reflecting on her thoughts

The coronavirus outbreak gave us an opportunity to reflect on things and to rethink what we do and why we do it. May it be the job we thought we really wanted in the first place or the trip we’ve been planning for so long, we can now reflect and discover ourselves more. We can also make up for the things we took for granted like the environment, our health, friends, and family. This is the time to make changes. For the better. 

It radiates love, hope, and positivity despite the terrible things

a doctor is praying amid the pandemic

In these globally trying times, what we need most right now is support from one another. We need to believe that all bad things will soon end. What we didn’t have before the outbreak can now be seen across the world. The pandemic radiates love, hope, and positivity. During these times, we lift each other up. We help each other in the best ways we can. We make sure that we’re there for each other. 

It only took one little but deadly virus to remind us of what we have taken for granted before all these things. Don’t let this ever happen again.

And no matter how hard the situation is now; no matter how difficult this time is; we can and we will overcome this together. 

 

 

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Since the coronavirus outbreak started, the world is in fear and our daily lives have been transformed. Some countries have declared lockdowns where no one can go out of their houses unless you’re a frontliner. Because of this, people panicked and the grocery stores have blockbuster-in-movie-like lines that only happen during the holidays. People are ready to fight for the limited supplies to protect themselves, to protect their families against the viral disease. 

This shows the new world we’re living in because of the coronavirus.

In the face of overwhelming bad news, what we need most right now are optimism, daily reminders of our better human selves and support from one another so that each of us can rise to this challenge.

people wearing masks due to covid-19

In spite of all the negativity brought by this pandemic, there are still some silver linings that the world is seeing right now. It might hard to believe but, the coronavirus gave us a gift.

1. Advancing health research and science

asian doctors and researchers working

While governments have struggled to respond to coronavirus, scientists are making the most of new tools to track and beat the virus. Scientists at Stanford University developed a diagnostic test for the coronavirus that can deliver tests in as little as 12 hours, much faster than current models. In the Philippines, scientists from the University of the Philippines invented the low-cost COVID-19 testing kits (P1,250) to accommodate the greater demand and those who can’t afford to pay P8,500 per testing kit. 

2. Enabling productivity for remote workers and students

mom working remotely while the kid is studying

As more employers have implemented the work from home policy to help slow the spread of COVID-19, many experts believe companies will come to see that central offices and face-to-face meetings are less vital than they thought. In fact, a 2015 Stanford University study found that productivity among call-center employees at one Chinese travel agency increased by 13% when they worked from home.

3. Bayanihan

 

unity amidst covid

In the Philippines, bayanihan is a huge part of the Filipino culture. It means community work or helping one another to achieve a certain goal. With the current situation brought by the COVID-19, more individuals and companies are extending their help through donations and free services to provide the needs of the people. In fact, one taho vendor became viral when he decided to give free taho (a usual breakfast of Filipinos on a rush) to the frontliners. Even countries help other countries to fight the virus. The COVID-19 brought everyone together to beat this pandemic. 

4. People becoming more cautious of misinformation

elderly men reading newspaper

With the rise of the internet and social media, it’s so easy for many people to believe and spread fake news. Because of the COVID-19, people have become more cautious about the information they share and make sure to only spread the facts, not fear and not fake news because what’s at stake here is people’s lives should others follow and believe the wrong information.

5. Less pollution

 

empty edsa

Due to the lockdowns and community quarantine in some countries, the roads that were used to be clogged have been cleared and the bumper to bumper cars are no longer seen. If there’s one good thing that COVID-19 did that will definitely change the world, it’s this. For weeks, the Earth can finally breathe and the people will be able to feel fresh air because there will be less pollution. There will be no smoke belchers on the roads.

6. More time with the family

asian family having fun together at home

One of the preventive measures to avoid COVID-19 is social distancing, hence, most people are required to only work from home or take a leave. This means, the time you spend commuting and in the office will now be dedicated to your family. You will now have the chance to spend quality time together and do the things you weren’t able to do before because of work. This is also the perfect time to reflect and spend quality time for yourself may it be in a form of relaxing or catching up the much needed sleep. COVID-19 just gave us a gift… a gift of time.

7. Starting new hobbies

a girl preparing cake

Because people are required to just stay at home, this is also the perfect time to discover and start a new hobby. You now have your time in your hands. If you’re bored and tired being stuck at home, search the internet for new hobbies that you might enjoy. It could be stitching, reading, writing, photography, baking, etc.

8. Focusing on healthy living more than ever 

a girl eating vegetable salad

According to health officials, most confirmed cases of having COVID-19 are aged 40s and above. While it’s not common to children and middle aged people, it’s still important to pay attention to their health. There are no treatments developed yet but doctors say that it’s important to keep your immune system strong. Because of this outbreak, more and more people are now focusing on healthy living more than ever to avoid the disease. 

9. Lifting each other up

 

a flag outside an apartment that says everything will be fine

In the face of COVID-19, people need each other’s supports more than ever. In some countries like China and Italy, people are singing together from their balconies to show support to one another. We may not be physically together but our hearts are bonded, believing and hoping that this will end.

With all these being said, we don’t veer away with the fact that COVID-19 will never be a good thing as this has taken so many lives and brought more people in danger. We just want everyone to remember that in spite of our horrible situation we’re at now, we will see the sun again and have our normal lives back again. 

As a reminder to everyone, it’s important to follow the government protocols to save not just our lives but also our frontliners who are sacrificing theirs to serve the public.

 

 

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