By Junex Doronio
REALIZING FEAR of the unknown enemy that has gripped many Filipinos, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Romualdez Marcos Jr. on Wednesday gave some practical tips on how to live with Covid-19 and recover the country’s economy.
A Covid-19 survivor himself, Marcos exuded with confidence that with healthy foods to boost the immune system and by abiding with health protocols such as wearing of face masks and face shields and maintaining cleanliness the Filipino people can overcome the dreaded novel coronavirus disease.
“Kailangang maging malusog. Kailangang maganda ang takbo ng immune system ng inyong katawan. Kunakain kayo ng mga healthy foods — gulay, prutas — lahat ng mga nakakatulong sa pagpapatibay ng inyong immune system,” Marcos said in his VBlog.
He also pointed out the importance of regular exercises in combatting Covid-19.
“Marami na tayong alam para pagalingin ang pasyente (at para) umiwas sa Covid-19. Sundin ang gabay ng mga researchers, doctors and scientists mababawasan (natin) ang infection rate,” Marcos said.
It can be recalled that former Mandaluyong mayor Benjamin “Ben-Hur” Abalos Jr. self-medicated with Chinese traditional herbal medicine Lian Hua Qing Wen after testing positive for Covid-19. He got the medicine from Marcos, who also contracted COVID-19.
Abalos said he immediately took four capsules and felt better the following day.
“Pinagpawisan ako ng sobra, para akong naligo,” the former Mandaluyong mayor said. “Pagkatapos, I felt para akong Superman, lahat ng kasu-kasuan na masakit nawala. Lahat ng fever, everything. It’s as if nothing happened.”
Reports said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Lian Hua Qing Wen as a traditional medicine, but not as treatment for COVID-19. Prescription of a doctor is also needed before it can be bought in pharmacies.
Marcos noted that Ilocos Norte where he had served as governor, Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan and Baguio City have now opened up to boost their tourism and economy.
He also lauded the government’s present response to Covid-19 by imposing granular lockdown in specific areas so that the rest of the communities can resuscitate their economic activities.