DOH warns vs. disinformation on Omicron XBB symptoms

DOH warns vs. disinformation on Omicron XBB symptoms

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday warned the public against the dissemination of inaccurate information on Omicron XBB subvariant symptoms.

The department said the public should be cautious with the messages they receive through texts and social media, citing DOH Memorandum No. 2022-0578 intensifying surveillance activities amidst a fresh surge of coronavirus disease in China.

“The said document was issued to intensify surveillance activities amidst rising Covid-19 cases abroad,” the DOH said in an advisory.

The agency explains that the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) generally exhibits flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, headache, body pain and diarrhea among others.

It urged the public to consult a physician or to head to the nearest health facility for the proper diagnosis of symptoms.

To help prevent the further transmission of Covid-19, the public is advised to continue observing proper sanitation, masking, distancing, good ventilation and getting vaccinated.

The DOH also urged the public to source information only from legitimate sources and platforms. (PNA)

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