With the increase in COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, it has caused fear and panic amongst Filipinos. While the government is doing its best in addressing all concerns, there have been instances where people are too panic stricken to realize their actions. This has prompted authorities to release guidelines on how to prevent the virus from spreading. This can also help minimize the unnecessary trips to the hospital and secure the health and well-being of medical professionals, like how effective malpractice insurance does.
Before you go and deem yourself as a person in need of monitoring, watch out for symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing. Once you suspect you are infected, here’s how you can help prevent its spread:
Have you recently travelled to affected places? Were you in close contact with someone positive with the virus? Isolate yourself at home if you answered yes. It’s been said that symptoms may appear two to 14 days after the exposure.
Practice social distancing
Today, there are a limited number of people allowed inside certain establishments such as groceries. This is to implement proper social distancing. As COVID-19 can be passed on to someone that’s within six feet of an infected, do your best to follow and keep your distance from people.
Wear a mask
Make sure to wear a face mask properly to not put others at risk. Opt for filtered face masks as these are more effective than those made of cloth.
Exercise proper hygiene
One of the most effective ways to prevent yourself from getting sick is to have good hygiene. Practice covering your mouth when you cough and sneeze. Aside from that, wash your hands properly and avoid touching your face as well as others.
If symptoms persist, don’t head on to your doctor immediately. Authorities have advised Filipinos to contact the Department of Health through their hotlines (02) 8-651-7800 loc 1149-1150 and wait for further instructions.
Today, the Philippine government has already implemented an enhanced community quarantine with the hopes to flatten the transmission rate of the virus. It has mandated everyone to stay at home and limit their movement by allowing only one person per household to go out to buy their basic needs. While it has become truly worrisome as cases continue to rise, the dedication of all healthcare workers and frontliners has given Filipinos hope and positivity to get through this pandemic together.