Variants

Let’s act now

May 29, 2024 People's Tonight 77 views

THE government has called on the people to continue practicing health standards amid the emergence of new variants of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Fears about the “FLiRT” variants of the deadly COVID-19, which terrorized the world for two years, were heightened with the onset of the rainy season in July.

In the Philippines, the rainy season brings in diseases with symptoms similar to dreaded COVID-19, such as influenza, pneumonia and respiratory syncytial virus.

However, the Department of Health (DOH) assured the people that there was no evidence that the “FLiRT” variants were causing severe to critical COVID-19 cases.

And last Monday, the government placed the country’s airports and seaports on heightened alert because of the detection of “FLiRT” variants in several countries. \

The government told airport and seaport authorities to thoroughly screen passengers coming from Singapore, Thailand, India, China, Hong Kong, Nepal, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and 14 European countries.

Former DOH Secretary and now Iloilo Rep. Janette Garin called on the people to get vaccinated and observe hygiene practices, like regular hand washing.

We share Secretary Garin’s view that what’s important is the capability of the country’s health workforce to manage cases.

Garin urged our countrymen, particularly the elderly and children, to wear face masks while in public places and enclosed areas. \

Let’s act now before it’s too late.

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