The questions we’ve all been asking while in community quarantine

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Lizette Daluz’s “Kailan” reflects on our collective anxieties in the time of the coronavirus pandemic. Illustration by LIZETTE DALUZ

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — For most of us who are getting by at home during the extended quarantine period, the smallest questions might seem harmless at first. But there’s a chance that it all points to collective anxieties that reflect on this “new normal.” Comic book creator Lizette Daluz ("Ang Hari ng Komyut") ponders on these questions in this comic strip entitled “Kailan,” capturing our worries in these extraordinary times.

“I wanted to start with the trivial questions that we ask ourselves and progress into questions that we often shake off but can't because our living depends on them.” Daluz says. “But I also wanted to shed light on deeper worries such as the lack of financial security, lack of job opportunities, the need to stay healthy, and the feeling of being defeated or hopeless during these times.”

According to Daluz, the strip is inspired by her personal experience and the shared sentiment of people online (since we mostly live on social media these days) and stories from the news.

She says, “During the first week of the quarantine, [my friends and I] would only wonder about really small things such as not having to wear pants, having a messed up body clock, or even just looking back at when our last dinner together was. But as the weeks go by, seeing the news and going through more changes in our lives, we realize we're not going to go back to normal. It's even harder to be hopeful when you hear about stories from frontliners, the lack of budget and transparency, the threats over people who want to help, etc. But right now, we need to help each other and we, the people, deserve the highest quality of service and help from our government to survive this.”

But despite the grim prospects, Daluz, like her work here, remains hopeful. “The aftermath would be very difficult for all of us, but I don't want us to stop so that everyone's voices and demands can be heard.”

Read “Kailan” below: