Experts warned the public against videoke and inuman during holiday celebrations.
Experts had recently warned the public against videoke and inuman during holiday celebrations as this could increase the risk of COVID-19 spread.
In a report on ABS-CBN News, experts on Monday said that the public was encouraged not to talk among themselves nor dine or drink together in order to lower the risk of coronavirus transmission this Christmas.
University of the Philippines (UP) professor Guido David, a member of OCTA Research Group, told ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo that Filipinos were encouraged to limit gatherings to 10 people during holiday celebrations.
David warned that a coronavirus surge might happen in 1 to 2 months if the public didn’t observe minimum health standards during the holiday season.
Dr. Antonio Ramos, the head of administrative services at the Lung Center of the Philippines, said that Filipinos can eat separately and then they can wear their face mask while talking to each other afterwards.
Ramos also said that most healthcare workers who were infected with coronavirus disease got it in the community and not at the hospital.
Jonas del Rosario, a spokesperson of Philippine General Hospital (PGH), said that Filipinos were also encouraged to participate in online virtual Christmas parties and have their gifts delivered instead.
Former Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral said that the public was encouraged to isolate themselves from 10 to 14 days or to undergo antigen testing if gatherings can’t be avoided.
The Philippines, as of December 13, 2020, reported 449,400 total cases of coronavirus disease, with 21,980 active cases.