DOH Encourages Public to Shop Online During Christmas Season
The Department of Health has advised the public to shop online during the upcoming Christmas season amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire advised the Filipino people to shop online and meet their family and friends online. The advice aims to reduce the rate of transmitting the virus to other people.
Vergeire said that doing holiday shopping in shopping malls and commercial districts may cause an increase in coronavirus cases. She understood the people’s excitement with the upcoming holiday season but people should still comply with the health protocols.
“Let us remember that the virus is still here. Even if you are wearing your mask and face shield, but would go to a crowded place, you could still get infected. The risk is there and it is very high,” Vergeire said.
The health executive advised the public to find alternative ways to perform their holiday rituals such as buying new clothes, gifts, groceries for Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve. She also said that people to meet their families and friends online to reduce the chance of being infected.
“We advise everyone to opt for online activities such as online Masses, make video calls with friends and relatives, and if possible just shop online. In these ways, we reduce the possibility or chance of us being infected or infecting others with COVID-19,” Rosario added.
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