We have validated reports that there has been a decrease in the average number of new coronavirus or COVID-19 infections reported each day in the Philippines by more than 8,400 during the last three weeks.
We are talking here only of reported infections – which may suggest plus or minus from the unreported cases.
Since mid-March last year, when the country experienced the strictest lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, there have been 2.6 million infections and more than 38,900 coronavirus-related deaths, with the country administering thus far at least 48,390,819 doses of COVID vaccines.
Even with the reported downturn, we should not let our guard down and ignore the basic health protocols which would protect us and members of our families since COVID-19 remains dangerous, with its variants still at liberty and unrestrained.
We urge those who have reservations about getting vaccinated to go to the vaccination rollout areas to have themselves inoculated to maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others.
During the last week reported, the Philippines averaged about 379,915 doses administered each day. At that rate, it will take 57 more days to administer enough doses for another 10 percent of the 110 million population.
To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, people must get vaccinated as soon as they can and wear a mask indoors in public if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
Authorities say: Get vaccinated.
Authorized COVID-19 vaccines can help protect people from COVID-19.
Once people are fully vaccinated, they may be able to start doing some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic.
If they are not fully vaccinated and aged 2 or older, they should wear a mask in indoor public places.
In areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, people must consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.
People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken their immune system may not be fully protected even if they are fully vaccinated. They should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people, including a well-fitted mask, until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider.
If people are fully vaccinated, to maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, they must wear a mask indoors in public if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of your area of residence.
You must also always remember to stay 6 feet away from others inside or outside your home. Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
You must also avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
Being in crowds like in restaurants, bars, fitness centers, or movie theaters puts you at higher risk for COVID-19.
Avoid indoor spaces that do not offer fresh air from the outdoors as much as possible.
If indoors, br, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors, if possible.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
It’s especially important to wash:
Before eating or preparing food
Before touching your face
After using the restroom
After leaving a public place
After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
After handling your mask
After changing a diaper
After caring for someone sick
After touching animals or pets
If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover coughs and sneezes, too,
If you are wearing a mask: You can cough or sneeze into your mask. Put on a new, clean mask as soon as possible and wash your hands.
If you are not wearing a mask:
Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
Throw used tissues in the trash.
Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
Clean and disinfect, health authorities add.
Clean high touch surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
If someone is sick or has tested positive for COVID-19, disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
If surfaces are dirty, clean them using detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Monitor your health daily.
Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
Let’s remember: The people’s health is the country’s wealth. (ai/mtvn)