In response to the growing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country, the Philippine government, through Proclamation 922, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on March 8, 2020, placed the entire Philippines under a state of a public health emergency. The government imposed an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon and other provinces, which was effectively a total lockdown, restricting the movement of the population except for necessity, work, and health circumstances.
It is a normal human reaction, those who can still think clearly, to stop something when it is destroying their lives. I guess, in a way, this COVID-19 thing had a positive effect on my chronic smoker boyfriend because he had to stop smoking. Oh no, he did not contract the virus. Bless him, no. Knock on wood. He did develop another disease which was serious as well. And for that, he had to stop smoking.