Alcohol and face masks vs coronavirus: Gov't readies online selling guidelines

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Posted at Mar 12 2020 11:20 AM | Updated as of Mar 12 2020 11:34 AM

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MANILA – The government is preparing measures to prevent the sale of diluted alcohol and defective face masks online, as the coronavirus pandemic spikes demand.

Such "adulterated" medical supplies, which are not certified by the Food and Drug Administration are ineffective against COVID-19, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez told DZMM.

Authorities have advised frequent hand washing with soap and water or rubbing alcohol to prevent the spread of disease. Face masks should be worn by those with cough or colds or have contact with COVID-19 patients.

"Ang problema pag bumili ka sa online, hindi mo alam kung standard or selyado ‘yung alcohol na ‘yon. Maglalabas kami ng panuntunan doon sa mga online selling," Lopez said.

(The problem with buying online is you dont' know if there is a seal. We will be coming up with policies for online selling)

Lopez said those caught overpricing medical supplies will face profiteering charges.

There are 118,326 confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, with 49 in the Philippines as of March 11, data from the Department of Heath showed.