DOH Still Discouraging Children from Going Out of Their House COVID-19 Threat
Department of Health (DOH) is still discouraging children from going out of their house even Christmas season has started due to threat of COVID-19.
During a DOH briefing, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that there is still a risk of virus infection outside. He said, “Hangga’t maaari we discourage that children going out.”
According to the report of ABS-CBN News, Duque said that of the more than 400,000 COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, 3% to 5% are children. He added that they are not exempted from being infected.
Duque said that children can spread the virus. Even if a child does not get severe COVID-19 symptoms, he or she can still spread the virus to relatives such as their parents and grandparents.
He added that only those aged 15 to 65 can come out while quarantine restrictions are still in place. And if local government units also want to prevent children from leaving, they can pass local ordinances.
While no studies have been published in the Philippines yet, there are papers abroad showing how children can spread COVID-19. A study published in the journal Science showed that somewhere in India, one-third of COVID-19 cases are children and adolescents.
Meanwhile, Metro Manila Mayors already decided not to allow minors from going out amid the general community quarantine (GCQ). Along with medical experts, mayors unanimously voted no for allowing children outside.
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