January 29, 2023

Dear Manang,
I am surrounded by death, so it seems. In the past month, I had five of my relatives die. I am not sure about this Covid-19 thing but that’s what they said was the cause. The deaths were mostly pneumonia, they said. Is this true? Is it the cause of death of most Covid-19 patients? I am more afraid to go out now because they said the new strain of Covid-19 is deadlier.
Kit of Laurel St., Baguio City

Dear Kit,
May I just quote from Medical News Today the answer to your questions. “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Covid-19 is a respiratory illness. A person may have a dry cough, fever, muscle aches, and fatigue. The virus can progress through the respiratory tract and into a person’s lungs. This causes inflammation and the air sacs, or alveoli, can fill with fluid and pus. This progression then limits a person’s ability to take in oxygen. People with severe cases of pneumonia may have lungs that are so inflamed they cannot take in enough oxygen or expel enough carbon dioxide. Continuous oxygen deprivation can damage many of the body’s organs, causing kidney failure, heart failure, and other life-threatening conditions.”
I hope this is helpful and can encourage everyone to take extra care.
Take precautions,
Manang


Dear Manang,
My son has become fidgety again because our routine outings have been cut. I live in a small house and I have no other place to allow my child to run or climb. He has finally let go of tablet time because it is all that he does. With the modules, he has found tablet time aversive. How can I give him some physical activity?
Dredlim of Mirador Hill, Baguio City

Dear Dredlim,
You will have to be patient my dear. The new restrictions are because of the new developments in the strains of Covid-19. We are all trapped physically and I cannot tell you to bring him to the park or go biking. For now, you will have to be creative at home. What about a race around the house where the furniture becomes the natural obstacles? Or maybe a treasure hunt where he hides something for you to find and you hide something for him to find? A sack race or maybe Xbox games? There are so many options on the Internet too. Make it a game that both of you choose and can play once a day. The games online must be those that are physical more than sedentary.
Create the time,
Manang