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Mayor Honey: Wear face masks, covid still here

Honey Lacuna
Mayor Honey Lacuna calls on Manilans to continue wearing face masks even if it is already optional, especially during instances when physical distancing is not possible. (JERRY S. TAN)

A LOW count in recorded active cases does not necessarily mean that actual COVID cases are low.

Thus stressed Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna, as she advised Manilans to continue wearing face masks particularly during instances when physical distancing is not possible, even if doing so had already been made optional.

Lacuna, a doctor, said that whenever she goes around the city, she often gets asked if there is still a need to wear face masks since she herself does.

“Optional na ito, dangan lamang ay di maiwasan ang pagdidikit-dikit o mahirap ang pagpapatupad ng physical distancing especially pag me okasyon halimbawa dumalo kayo sa fiesta o nagpunta sa Church, nanood ng concert o basketball. Dikit-dikit ang mga tao dun,” she said.

“Pag di nyo masiguro ang social distancing, dapat naka-mask pa din kayo kahit na ‘optional’ na ang paggamit. Tutal nakasanayan na, di naman masama kung di kayo nababagabag. Alalahanin nyo, andiyan pa din ang COVID at naghihintay lang na kayo ay madapuan,” the mayor added.

Lacuna also pointed out that while it is true that the recorded number of COVID cases have gone low, it must be noted that not all who manifest symptoms take the RT-PCR test, based on which the cases are recorded.

She said that those whose symptoms are mild no longer have themselves swabbed and instead just opt for the antigen testing which is more easily accessible and can be done in one’s own home. Once the result of the antigen turns positive, one just isolates himself until he gets well.

Such cases, Lacuna said, are no longer recorded unlike the positive cases generated by the RT-PCR test which is the official testing process for COVID cases.

“‘Yung sa RT-PCR, which is the official, ‘yan lang nare-record. So, it doesn’t mean na pag mababa ang count, mababa na din ang mga kaso. Ako ay nagpapayo lamang na ipagpatuloy ang pagsuot ng face masks especially sa indoor at kahit sa outdoors dahil with exception yan,” the mayor added.

Lacuna reminded Manilans that the wearing of face masks is still mandatory in hospitals, clinics, laboratories, nursing homes, medical transport facilities, paramedic rescue vehicles, ambulances and even for users of public transportation.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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