Category Archives: Health Advisory

What you need to know about face mask

Curious about the right fit and quality of face mask you need to protect yourself against Covid19? Check on the image to see how each mask serves its purpose.

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Our family is using surgical mask when going out for an errand and going to the office (for hubby). We were able to stash a few surgical masks since January when Taal Volcano spewed ashes (caused by phreatomagmatic eruption) across Calabarzon, Metro Manila, some parts of Central Luzon and Ilocos Region.

We also have two N95 masks at home but they are too uncomfortable to use. It makes breathing difficult according to hubby.

I’ve seen more people are using washable cloth mask because it’s accessible and cheaper than surgical mask which you can use only once.

Whatever mask we are wearing, what is important is we (must) exercise social distancing, wash hands frequently. And if you have no business to go out, stay at home to protect yourself and others from catching and spreading COVID19.

Simple things to practice to avoid acquiring Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Sharing a transcribed interview of Dr. Enrique Tayag, Infectious Disease Specialist, by actor Robin Padilla during the latter’s visit to the Department of Health.

Grabbed photo of Dr. Eric Tayag from the interview. Credit: Mr. Padilla

Dr. Tayag said that since coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is transmitted through droplet, cough, sneeze, he suggested a simple yet effective steps to avoid acquiring the virus from unsuspecting sources using the acronym WUHAN.

Wuhan, the sprawling capital of Central China’s Hubei province, is the ground zero for coronavirus, affecting thousands to date.

W – Wash your hands from palm to palm, digits, end of nails, thumbs, for a good 20 seconds.

U – Use you mask correctly and only when necessary (mag mask ka lang kung may ubo at sipon ka). The blue color facing outward. The white side which is absorbent should be worn inward.

H – Have your temperature check everyday. (mag-absent sa school at opisina kung may lagnat)

A – Avoid large crowd. (social distancing – iwasan makihalubilo)

N – Never touch your face without washing your hands first.

“Kapag sinunod nyo ‘yon (WUHAN), malaki ang posibilidad na hindi kayo mahawahan ng NCov (now named COVID-19),” the epidemiologist said. 

Meantime, the 2019 novel coronavirus disease has been named as coronavirus disease (COVID-19). WHO Director-General Dr Tedros shared: “Under agreed guidelines between WHO, the World Organisation for Animal Health and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, we had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease.Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing. It also gives us a standard format to use for any future coronavirus outbreaks.”

Important things you need to know about 2019-nCOV (Corona Virus)

Sharing an infographic (in Tagalog) created by the Department of Health to help people understand Corona Virus or the 2019-nCOV and how to prevent the virus from spreading.

Take note of the prominent symptoms of corona virus and the easy steps the public can exercise to prevent the virus from spreading.