When it comes to Covid-19, or any deadly infectious disease, social responsibility is key to combating an outbreak.
After all, if I only care about my own health, I’d feel free to spit on lift buttons and cough on strangers faces without a mask.
And, in our selfishness, if we happen to spread the virus to someone else, it might be too late to make amends.
Viral Video of M’sian Girl Mourning Grandpa Who Died From Covid-19 Reminds Us to be Socially Responsible
A heartbroken 10-year-old girl in Malaysia has taken to YouTube to remind viewers to be socially responsible after her grandfather died from Covid-19.
The 11-minute long video, which was uploaded on 19 Feb, has already garnered over 75,000 views.
In the video, the girl, Mavis, recounts how her ah gong got infected as a result of his friend’s carelessness.
After the friend got tested on 27 Dec last year, he asked Mavis’ grandfather out for tea on 31 Dec even though he hadn’t received his test results yet.
One day later, on the first day of the year, the friend found out he was carrying the coronavirus.
However, he failed to inform Mavis’ grandpa, with whom he was in close contact just a day before.
Then, on 4 Jan, Mavis’ grandpa developed symptoms such as flu, back pain, and chills, and was admitted to a hospital.
But he wouldn’t be tested until a week later.
When he visited two different GP clinics, the doctors there allegedly did not suggest doing a Covid-19 test.
Mavis’ grandpa was eventually tested and it came back positive, but by then, his condition had deteriorated.
He needed the ventilator the next morning and was placed in the intensive care unit.
Unfortunately, there was shortage of beds at the Covid-19 designated facility, Mavis said.
So, her grandpa spent 4 days at a private hospital before he was finally admitted to Sungai Buloh Hospital, in Selangor.
Sadly, 18 days later on 29 Jan, Mavis’ grandpa succumbed to the virus.
Reminded Public to Be Responsible
In her video, Mavis lamented the loss of her late grandpa, who she said was the best person in the world to her.
He always cooked her favourite food and helped blow dry her hair, but now she can never see him again.
And it was all because of one irresponsible friend.
Using her grandpa’s passing as an example, Mavis reminded the public to get tested for Covid-19 if they exhibit symptoms.
She also urged us to stay isolated and away from others until we get our test results.
Given how many Covid-19 cases in Singapore have been found to have ignored their symptoms, it will certainly do us a world of good to follow this little girl’s advice.
After all, it’s not just our fellow residents who are at risk, but our loved ones as well.
Covid-19 in Singapore
Even though Covid-19 cases in Singapore are falling, that does not mean we can let our guard down. With so many Singaporeans continuing to flout safety regulations, who’s to say a tragedy like this won’t happen to us next?
Remember to be socially responsible not just for ourselves, but for our loved ones. Or while you’re at it, why not consider getting vaccinated?
Feature Image: Youtube (M&M Channel)