MANILA — With new cases of COVID-19 being confirmed in the Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) has suggested that people with mild symptoms of the disease may be asked to stay at home.
“Kapag ikaw ay umuwi, may sintomas ka at sa tingin natin ay related sa COVID-19, kailangan mag-isolate kayo. Ihiwalay ang mga kutsara, mga plato, ang mga baso,” Assistant Health Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said during a press conference on Tuesday.
(If you go home and you have symptoms that you think are related to COVID-19, you need to isolate yourself. Your utensils, plate, and drinking glass should be separate from your family’s.)
Vergeire said people who think they might have the new strain of coronavirus should not interact with their families.
If it cannot be avoided, wear a face mask, she said. “But still, interaction should be minimal.”
“Kung wala po kayong sariling kuwarto, use a mask if you are symptomatic,” she said.
(If you do not have your own room, use a mask if you are symptomatic.)
The Department of Health also addressed concerns on whether residents of condominiums or buildings where COVID-19 patients live should be alarmed or undergo quarantine.
“No. The protocol is the same,” Vergeire said, explaining that the same protocol for contact tracing is applied.
“(You should be quarantined if) you have interaction with the person who tested positive. You are within the perimeter (of one meter) while he is experiencing symptoms,” she said.
Those who interacted with asymptomatic COVID-19 cases should also be quarantined.
“If you are in the same room and you are with the patient in the last 14 days, you are part of the initial contacts that we need to investigate,” she said.