MANILA (UPDATE) - Ahead of the holidays, local government units are urged to prohibit karaoke sessions due to a higher chance of it spreading COVID-19, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said Thursday.
Some city officials earlier banned daytime karaoke sessions so the noise won't disturb students on distance learning and those working from home.
Officials have also prohibited caroling and Christmas parties.
"Isama na rin natin dito 'yung kantahan katulad ng karaoke session kasi sabi ng DOH mas higit na nakakahawa pag ikaw ay kumakanta kumpara sa nagsasalita," he told ABS-CBN's Teleradyo.
(Let's also include singing such as karaoke sessions because DOH said it is more infectious compared with speaking.)
"Mga 448 percent daw na mas nakakahawa sapagkat talagang 'yung aerosol mo d'yan lalabas kasi bibirit ka."
(It's more infectious by 448 percent because aerosol will come out while you're singing.)
The concentration of the virus is in the throat and droplets could reach up to 2 to 3 feet, said Dr. Rontgene Solante, head of adult infectious disease at San Lazaro Hospital.
"'Pag kumakanta ka, sumisigaw ka, lumalayo. Halo na dun ang droplet at aerosolization. 'Yung delikado doon 'yung aerosolization because that will cause the virus to travel 6, in fact 8 meters ang layo," he told ABS-CBN's Teleradyo.
(It reaches further if you're singing or shouting and it mixes droplets with aerosolization. Aerosolization is dangerous because it will release the virus to up to 8 meters.)
"Pag humahaba na 'yan talagang magiging superspreader ka."
(If the distance is longer, you will become a superspreader.)
Año also warned local officials to strictly implement and monitor minimum health protocols in their areas after parties were held in a Batangas resort and in a private Boracay residence.
"Patapusin natin ang taong ito. Maganda na ang ating numero, 'wag na natin sanang abusuhin pa. Biglang babalik tayo sa nangyari s'atin noong Marso at August," said Año, who had also contracted and recovered from the virus.
(Let's finish this year with good numbers, let's not abuse it because we might go back to what happened in March and August.)
"Hangga't maaari ayaw na nating bumalik sa lockdown kasi maraming epekto sa buhay ng tao. So pakiusap, pakisama, at pang-unawa lang."
(As much as possible we don't want to go return to lockdown because it has many effects on the lives of people. So let's please coordinate and understand each other.)