As festivals resume, at risk sector told to avoid crowds
The vulnerable sector are reminded to avoid crowded places, especially with the resumption of festivals in the Cordillera full blown, the Department of Health said.
The unvaccinated individuals against the Covid-19 are advised to avoid crowds as they remain highly susceptible to infection because of lack of protection, said DOH-CAR Medical Officer IV Alexei Marrero, who also advised parents not to bring children who are less than five years old in crowded places as they are among those in the unvaccinated population.
The DOH has registered a steady decline in Covid-19 cases but the agency reminds that the virus is still present in our midst and new variants continue to emerge.
As of Feb. 1, two new cases have been added to the 129,439 total cases the Cordillera recorded since March 2020.
The average daily cases are four patients, most of whom exhibit mild symptoms or are asymptomatic, according to DOH Senior Health Program Officer Jethro Simeon II.
Simeon has recommended to local government units to recalibrate their Covid-19 contingency plans because of the upcoming celebrations where crowding is expected.
“In general, cases are decreasing but we should still be wary of the Omicron subvariants,” Simeon said.
To protect oneself from getting infected, the DOH reiterated for the public to make the minimum public health standards a regimen, and for the unvaccinated to submit to vaccination or complete the recommended frequency of vaccination including booster shots.
“The MPHS is the single and most effective way of controlling the spread of some diseases. Children should be taught about it and make it (MPHS) a habit,” Marrero said.
The public is also reminded to pay attention to their body. If they feel hot or warm to stay hydrated, keep warm if they feel cold, eat nutritious food, and isolate when feeling sick.
Festivals that have resumed full blast first quarter of this year are the Sinulog Festival of Cebu; Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo; Baguio’s Panagbenga; Strawberry Festival of La Trinidad, Benguet; Etag Festival of Sagada, Mountain Province; and Lang-ay Festival of Mountain Province. – Rimaliza A. Opiña