Author: Rene T. Domingo
Having a protective natural barrier and a small population, a bubble needs less resources and time to eradicate the virus and protect itself from imported re-infection. It can establish herd immunity with less vaccines without waiting for the whole country. An LGU with a shifting population cannot achieve this even if it vaccinates all its residents. Bubbles residents can return to unrestricted normal lives even as the rest of the country battles the pandemic. An LGU cannot do this since no LGU is safe until every LGU is safe. But a bubble is safe even if everyplace around it is not. LGU’s within the same bubble could pool their resources and together drive the virus out of their island, a feat not possible if each fought the virus separately. Lockdowns, testing, vaccination and financial assistance would achieve better and faster results if done by bubble, instead of by LGU’s, type of industry, profession, and age group as we do currently.