Feeling coronavirus blues? DOH gives coping tips amid COVID-19 crisis


Posted at Apr 29 2020 08:51 PM

A health worker goes home at the end of the day on April 28, 2020 during the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday offered some tips on how to alleviate anxiety and stress as millions of Filipinos are placed under lockdown to rein in the spread of COVID-19.

“Walang sinoman ang may gusto na tayo ay makulong sa ating bahay na labag sa ating kagustuhan,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in an online press briefing.

(None of us want to be locked inside our house that’s against our will.)

“Unang-una, lahat tayo ay may iisang layunin sa oras na ito, mapababa ang bilang ng COVID-19 at tuluyan na mawala ito,” she added.

(First, we have a goal in these trying times, which is to decrease COVID-19 cases so that it eventually disappears.)

For one, the public can keep themselves busy by doing household chores and indoor exercise, Vergeire said.

She also recommends reading books and watching movies to make oneself feel better.

Vergeire also stressed the importance of staying connected with family, friends and co-workers.

For those seeking help on mental health, they can call the National Center for Mental Health’s COVID-19 hotline numbers – 0949-568-2910 for Smart and 0966-351-4518 for Globe.

As of Wednesday, the Philippines has recorded 8,212 COVID-19 cases. The tally includes 558 who succumbed to the disease while 1,023 have recovered.