Today (April 16) marks exactly 30 days since Putrajaya imposed the Movement Control Order (MCO) to contain the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

Below is 10 things that most Malaysians may have learned by standing together, albeit away from each other, against the deadly disease.

1) Malaysians have learned that it is possible for us to "survive" without loitering at the neighbourhood mamak, or the upscale coffee joint, watching the world go by, any time of the day.

2) Talking about food, many people are discovering their hidden talents - including cooking food that tastes good enough to sustain themselves and their families.

3) People are discovering that it is still possible to stay connected to each other, despite practising social distancing.

4) Social media has also become a venue for Malaysians to share their experimental recipes and funny or creative time-past videos.

5) Malaysians, and the world at large, have suddenly realised the importance of practising good hygiene, such as frequently washing hands, and sneezing or coughing with the mouth closed.

6) Many companies are discovering that it is entirely and economically feasible to let their employees work from home, and that "biz or bust" meeting that drags on in the office for an hour, could have easily been a 20-minute video conference call.

7) Parents who have previously criticised their childrens' teachers for "not teaching well enough", are now realising that inculcating knowledge in a young child is not an easy feat after all.

8) Parents are suddenly cherishing the extra time they get to spend with their kids at home.

9) We have learned to appreciate the unsung heroes many of us take for granted, such as janitors, and food delivery riders, who put their lives on their lines to serve the public during this ordeal.

10) Not forgetting the utmost respect to the frontliners, such as doctors, nurses, policemen, soldiers, and media personnel, who are out there, performing their duties amid a pandemic, so that the rest us can be safe within our homes.

As the days passed since the MCO's implemented, it is safe to say that Malaysians have started complaining less about being stuck at home.

Although there are those who are still defiant and bent on breaching the MCO, the govermment is set on teaching these offenders a lesson, including by jailing them.

At the end of the day, it is best to stay safe at home to stop the spread of the COVID-19, and let our capable authorities handle the situation until it returns to considerable normalcy.

Those who are still bored sitting at home can participate in the #DudukRumahChallenge and show us all the creative ways you're coping with being at home.

All you have to do is record a hobby/acivity you are doing at home during the MCO and upload the video on your social media with the hashtag #DudukRumahChallenge.

The videos preferably need to be between 1 to 3 minutes long, and as high-resolution as possible.

Categories for the videos are as below:

- Comedy
- Healthy Lifestyle/Fitness/Workouts/Yoga
- Cooking/Baking/Recipes
- Special Talent/Skills
- Playing Music/Singing/Dancing
- Other Productive Hobbies

Selected videos will be featured on Astro channels. Stay safe at home and happy performing!


Photo source: The Star, Malay Mail.