This Morning's Commute Proves Social Distancing Is Near Impossible in Metro Manila

Not everybody can work from home.

(SPOT.ph) Today is the first official workday during the Metro Manila community quarantine—and the scenes are not pretty, to put it lightly. "Social distancing" has been on everybody's minds since this method is one of the main ways we can prevent COVID-19 from continuing to spread, but so is the question: How can we possibly practice it while commuting in Metro Manila? 

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With images of people cramped together while waiting for their turn to pass through checkpoints or for a chance to get on a public utility vehicle, Twitter has exploded with questions on whether social distancing can be a reality for everyone. After all, most daily wage earners need to keep moving to keep their livelihood. Check out what this morning's commute looks like below—fingers crossed something will be done to change this.

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Indeed.

Only a few can really work from home.

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Early morning situation in EDSA-Cubao area.

Look at those lines.

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What do you think?

How many people have masks?

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If you thought getting on a bus was difficult before, than how do you think it is now?

Not everybody can just take a leave.

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We are only on Day 2 of the community quarantine.

Thousands of people still need to go out and work. 

Main image by Kevyn Tapnio/SPOT.ph archives; used for illustrative purposes only.

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