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Covid-19: KT readers share messages of hope

KT Multimedia journalists

Published on April 9, 2020 at 14.48

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We've been strong and compassionate for the last 100 days. As the world marks 100 days of coronavirus, we begin to carve our way out of the darkness with 100 messages of hope.
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In times like these, itís easy to panic and feel unrest, but with our caring and vigilant government we are in the best care system possible, which leaves me as an artist to really delve and practice my art form at home. When we have less access to resources we are pushed to be even more creative. It's times like these where art will reach new heights and once this is over, the amount of beautiful work captured will be a testament to the unification of our world. Please use this time to do all the things you always said you wanted to do. Time is a treasure. Let's grow so when this is over we will reflect back and truly see what we were truly capable of. -- Nayla Al Khaja, Emirati filmmaker and producer
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Today marks the 100th day since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Across the UAE, doctors have evaluated the situation thoroughly and have come up with several guidelines and protocols. We have been able to provide all the required medical treatments and therapies with good outcomes. All our staff are trained to handle all types of Covid-19 cases. Our hospital is housed with all the required equipment and resources needed to manage all our patients. Besides this if people comply with the orders of home quarantine and social distancing, we should be able to overcome this situation successfully. -- Dr Maan Jamal, Consultant pulmonologist, Emirates Hospital Jumeirah
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For UAE residents, the most positive thing about Covid-19 is that the government has shown an extremely proactive approach towards tackling the virus. As part of their aggressive approach they have identified pockets within the emirates that could be breeding grounds for the virus and tested the people there first. A lockdown is not the only solution. Iidentifying cases and isolating them is the key to reducing the numbers. So, don't be overwhelmed with the number of Covid-19 cases that we read in the news, but have faith that our government is doing everything possible and sensible to identify people who're infected and providing them with comprehensive medical support. Soon, we will see a huge decline in the number of cases. -- Dr Raza Siddiqui, Executive Director at RAK Hospital
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During this time, we should all turn to our faiths and believe that a greater power will help us. So, we should never lose hope. Stay at home, be safe and we will all get through this. -- Gabrielle Reese Parinas, Grade 5 student
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The best thing we can do is not think, not wonder, not imagine but just breathe and have faith. The best view comes after the hardest climb. Every day has a new beginning, new blessings and new hope. Stay Positive! Stay strong! Stay safe. -- Biju George
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As a singer and performer, my main goal is to give value to people and touch their hearts. Especially now, in a situation that makes us feel uncomfortable, scared and emotionally challenged, it is even more important for me to help people to get out of their fearful thinking and into their hearts through the power of music. Letís try to find the beauty in this situation, where we can spend more time with our loved ones and have time to reconnect to ourselves. Letís be grateful for what we have. Weíre all in this together, as one and united, we will go out of this stronger than ever. -- Dubai-based opera singer Bettina Schweiger
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Be socially responsible. Follow strictly all the Covid-19 guidelines set by the UAE authorities. Focusing on personal hygiene as well as social distancing is the best way to prevent the spread of this virus. Iím very happy to see the best efforts and preventive measures taken by the local authorities. A special mention that requires praise is the widespread general disinfection drive already in place for the past several weeks. This has really helped to take away any unnecessary worry from the minds of the people. So are the praiseworthy efforts that have ensured all essential goods and medicines are available. We have not seen any panic buying in this county, unlike some other developed countries in the West. To those who are working from home, my advice is to keep the lifestyle you had while you were working from office -- get up early morning, read newspapers, take a shower, dress up well (albeit smart casual) and start your day online. Take breaks regularly. Walk in your house. Stay well and stay healthy. -- Nobel Polath, General Manager at Jashanmal National Company LLC, Dubai
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We have now experienced the saying 'Things can change with a blink of an eye'. Letís learn to be grateful for the good and bad. -- Hanadi Hamdan, Generl Manager at a UAE firm
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Allah (swt) promises us in Holy Quran (65:7): After a difficulty, Allah (swt) will soon grant relief. We should never lose hope that our situation will improve. Let's stay in control by hanging on to the mercy and grace of Allah. Let us keep strong hope together during these tough times and believe in his mercy, this difficulty will soon end. -- Asiya Rafiq, Fashion Designer
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We have seen troubles and hardships in the past and yet we overcame them. The power of humanity is in its unity, so letís stay united and support each other as this too shall pass. -- Christy Mathew
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Every pandemic, every major crisis teaches us something. These moments really bring out the best in people, something we have certainly seen in recent weeks. I am humbled by the acts of heroism and generosity we have seen as people come together to care for each other, whether in hospitals or within their communities. I am certain we will come out of this experience changed for the better. -- Dr. Madhu Sasidhar, Chief Medical Officer, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
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These are times when we need to stay positive. We see all the sickness and sadness around us. But we must not forget to count our blessings. The positive energy that this imparts will strengthen us to sail through these rough waters. Let's pray together and support each other, that this will soon pass. -- Bianca Jones
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I would like to take this opportunity to thank the UAE government for everything it has done to ensure the safety and well-being for myself and my family. These troubling times have been very concerning, but there is a growing sense of comfort, ease and confidence in our government's transparency and measures undertaken, and all the online initiatives it has implemented to ensure that our lives and our children's education can continue. -- Mousa Nimer
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In just 100 days, the number of Covid-19 cases has increased significantly, from Wuhan to worldwide. We are all hit hard by this pandemic in some way. Despite people and world's differences, we as a nation have united on two main pillars, hope and spreading positivity. Health organisations and medical institutions are on the hunt for an effective and scalable treatment. In addition, building laboratories and drive-through Covid-19 testing facilities, transforming conference centers to emergency hospitals. With hope and positivity together, we will thrive and get through this! -- Salam Shehady, Senior Account Manager at APCO Worldwide
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We are in this together. We hope to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic, working from home to serve the travel needs of the travel world. Please stay home and be safe. -- Robert Kamoga, Reservation and Sales Consultant, Global Business Operations at a Dubai company, and Vice President of a Ugandan community in UAE
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There's a lot of magic waiting for us. Stay strong, and stay safe. -- Hager Abunahwa, process engineer
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Covid-19 is real and the impact has been felt by everyone. I have great hope that soon we shall overcome. Let's keep strong as together we can fight. -- Ronald Senyonjo, Marketing Executive Instant Cash Global Money Transfer service, UAE
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By standing together, by following the laws, and actively practicing self-isolation and actively helping and informing our country fellows we will indeed come out of this sooner rather than later. -- Pakistani national Tariq Mohammed
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This is such a terrible situation for everyone. Train your mind to see the good in every situation. -- Maryam Al Mansouri, Emirati
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As today is the 100th day since the coronavirus plagued nations globally, we want to ensure everyone that here in the UAE we are diligently following the guidelines and protocols as outlined by the World Health Organisation. All staff members have been trained to handle these cases proficiently and efficiently. The safety of our patients and community will never be compromised. Our hospital has all the necessary support available to tackle the cases, and together we will all overcome this crisis. -- Dr Suhail Kazim, medical director, senior consultant, general surgeon, Emirates Hospital Jumeirah
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Working during this critical period is a divine blessing and we will surely defeat the menace of Covid-19. Our entire team is involved in effectively handling the current situation and the result is that more and more patients are getting recovered. -- Rinalyne, Chief Technologist at Prime Hospital
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In these uncertain times, strength and hope are our only lifelines. The strength to be able to overcome this economic instability and a hope that UAE economy will rebound stronger than ever as it has always done in the past. We pray for the frontliners and thank them for their services. -- Rahul Sudheer, Dubai-based architect
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Everyone needs to be united and work together to win over Covid-19. We must adhere to govt instructions and guidelines to control the spread of virus. The responsibly lies with us all. Stay healthy. -- Manoj Sureka, Managing Director, Synergy Fin. Consulting
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With everyone's collective efforts, we are hopeful that the world will be able to overcome this pandemic. It wonít be long before people start shaking hands or hugging again, schools will reopen, prayers will commence for the public, airlines will take to the skies, so let us keep at it and fight this dreaded virus by following and supporting and following directives by the authorities. Thatís the best hope for all of us now until the virus is defeated.. -- George Mohnani, Entrepreneur and CEO Cordinal Group
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This is an opportunity to reflect and introspect, and to rediscover the value of the relationships with those closest and dearest to you. Use this time wisely. -- Vin Nair, musician
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We are hopeful and see the light at the end of the tunnel. We are really proud and blessed to have our great leaderships and quality healthcare in our residing country UAE and home country India. No need to panic, only an extra measure of safety, and stay at home. -- Sajeev Purushothaman
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Today is not for crying, it's for hoping. In this difficult time let us only stay at home with our family and count this as a chance to plan and think for the future. Let's play, draw, dance, sing and laugh as maybe one day we will see these times as a treasure. Let us not forget the needy and vulnerable people, if you can transfer this hope for real to them. -- Nada Abou Matar, Lebanese interior architect and professional skydiver
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A few months ago I had a massive brain stroke. I was in a coma for two days, and was hospitalised for 22 days. But I told myself that no matter how hard it gets I am going to make it. After 22 days from the hospital bed I went directly and performed a concert with a cannula in my arm. I made it because I believe that there is light despite all the darkness, and everything is impermanent. Until now we have survived 100 of our worst days. Just believe in yourself and stay strong and positive. Remember a single thread of hope is still a very powerful thing. Never give up. Great things take time. One day this painful situation will make sense. Always believe that there is something wonderful about to happen. Very soon someone is going to hug you so tight that all of these broken pieces will fit back together. -- Glenn Perry, musician and founder/director of Dubai Music School
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Your money or your social status mean nothing to the virus. This is a wake-up call to every single one of us to introspect and learn to live with the basics. These are tough times but they have taught us what years of education cannot. There is hope and there is a future. We just have to re-invent it in the right way. -- Nikhil Uzgare, Dubai-based musician/entrepreneur
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We have always held on to hope, to better tomorrows in times of uncertainty. We are positively resilient. We have battled through for a better world, and what we are experiencing today will fade away, and we will all be smiling again and greeting each other with our sweetest hello. In the most trying times of our life, we see our frontliners serving without question, people around helping and contributing in any way they can, loved ones staying at home being with families reassuring one another, expressions of concern and love. These are glimmers of hope, giving us glimpses of wonderful expectations beyond the horizon for more enriched tomorrows. -- Michael Cinco, Dubai-based fashion designer
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It has been three weeks of self-isolation and work-from-home for me. Initially, there was a certain amount of anxiety due to the fact that my parents are back in my home county. I feel a lot more comfortable and safe in the UAE because of the measures the country has taken. I have immense faith and no doubt in the fact that this shall pass soon, and that we will emerge as stronger and grateful individuals. -- Aparna Nair
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The virus won't break us. We have to stay strong and persevere through these challenging times and help the world heal. Together we can. -- Adila Tul
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Optimism is the faith that leads us to challenge the reality, and standing together we will get by, we will survive. -- Nora Hakim
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From having greater appreciation for those fighting the virus on the frontlines and for those who are working to ensure we can isolate comfortably in our homes to spending more time online with our near and dear ones, the human race has discovered a new kind of flame, one that though small, refuses to dim despite the darkness around. -- Alistair Rego, marketing professional, Abu Dhabi
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During the last 100 days, I've experienced what family truly is. This time has allowed me to learn more about myself, my spouse and my children. Even though there is a lot of work to do and no escaping, we have gotten so much closer as a family. I hope everyone has a chance to gain a better understanding of themselves and the closest people around them. Let us come out of this better people to ourselves and to others. -- Rohini Ceaser
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During the past few weeks the world as we know it has changed forever. However, this change does not need to be for the worst. We must strive to emerge stronger, closer and emotionally mature from this emergency. -- Zoya Aijz Chhapra
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The world will find a solution to fight the virus and businesses will be back on track. And for that, start-ups need to utilise this down-time to rethink, re-strategise and reorient to hit the ground running in the post-Covid world. -- Adil Sadique
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I would like to take this opportunity to thank the UAE government for everything it has done to ensure the safety and well-being for myself and my family. These troubling times have been very concerning, but there is a growing sense of comfort, ease and confidence in our government's transparency and measures undertaken, and all the online initiatives it has implemented to ensure that our lives and our children's education can continue. -- Meryem Haddadi
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The UAE has extended unparalleled support towards the education sector during these difficult times. Online classes and alternative paths of education have immensely helped students and parents, and the sheer grit and determination the UAE government has shown during these tough times are enough to realise we will emerge from this crisis soon. -- Dinesh Goyal, head of Goyal Book Shop and president of an association of school book publishers in India
 
 
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