PH Government Urge Poor Families To Wear Face Masks At Home

PH Government Advises Poor Families To Wear Face Masks Even When Inside Their Home

PH GOVERNMENT – The Philippine government advised poor families to wear face masks even when inside their home.

There are about 129,913 cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines as of August 9. Medical frontliners asked President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to place Metro Manila and other nearby provinces under “enhanced community quarantine” (ECQ) to address the surge in COVID-19 infections.

The chief executive reimpose stricter lockdown in NCR from August 4 to 18. Researchers from the University of the Philippines (UP) and University of Santo Tomas said COVID-19 in the country could reach 150,000 with 3 thousand deaths by August 31.

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Recently, the PH government advised poor families to wear face masks even when inside their home. Based on a report from Philstar, Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said this measure against COVID-19 was particularly crucial for families who are having a hard time practicing physical distancing in their homes.

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According to the report, Año’s announcement came after Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said informal communities and workplaces in economic hubs are the most critical areas for coronavirus transmission.

“Let’s consider that transmission now is per family… rich or poor, it’s the whole family…what’s most important is if they can’t [practice social distancing], they should wear a mask. Face shields are also advisable,” Año said.

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Based on the report, Año added that wearing face masks at home was crucial for households with elderly members. He said they are the ones vulnerable to COVID-19 disease.

“They should really wear a mask, those who are poor, and if possible, everyone should stay at home. If one leaves, they should be given distance, especially if they went to the market or to work, they should be wearing masks and keeping their distance,” he added.

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