MANILA, Philippines — Mahalagang malaman ng publiko ang mga panuntunang ipatutupad ng pamahalaan sa kani-kanilang lugar lalo na sa panahong ito na may kinakaharap ang bansa na krisis pangkalusugan kaugnay ng pagkalat ng coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Nitong Huwebes (April 30), inilabas ng Malacañang ang mga guidelines bilang gabay sa mga residenteng naninirahan sa mga lugar na sasailalim sa general community quarantine (GCQ) simula Biyernes (May 1).
Ito ay upang matiyak na mananatiling ligtas ang publiko sa kabila nang pagluluwag sa pagkilos at paglabas ng mga tao sa kani-kanilang tahanan.
Sa ilalim ng GCQ, mananatili ang mahigpit na pagpapatupad ng ‘minimum health standards’ sa lahat ng sektor kabilang ang:
Physical distancing ng isa hanggang dalawang metro ang pagitan;
Pagsusuot ng face mask lahat ng pagkakataong nasa labas ng bahay;
Palagiang pag-check o pagsusuri ng body temperature;
Patuloy na pag-disinfect gamit ang alcohol o sanitizers.
Sa paglabas ng bahay:
Tanging ang mga manggagawa at indibidwal na may pahintulot ang maaring makapasok sa trabaho at makapamili ng pagkain at iba pang suplay.
Hindi pa rin pinapayagan ang anumang leisure activities o paglilibang.
Hindi pinapayagang mailabas o lumabas ang mga indibidwal na may edad 0 hanggang 21; mga senuor citizen na may malubhang karamdaman; buntis at iba pang naninirahang kasama ng mga ito.
Maari nang makabalik sa trabaho ang karamihan ng mga manggagawa ng gobyerno.
Bubuksan na rin ang mga pampublikong transportasyon subalit mahigpit na ipatutupad ang isang metrong layo sa pagitan ng bawat pasahero.
Hindi pinahihintulutang magbyahe ang mga pampublikong jeepney.
Maaring magbyahe ang mga bus subalit dapat ay 50 per cent o kalahati lamang ng kapasidad nito ang isasakay.
Bilang general rule, hindi pa rin pahihintulutan ang anumang non-essential travel mula sa mga lugar na nakapailalim sa GCQ patungo sa mga lugar na nasa ilalim naman ng enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) o balikan.
Ang mga pinahihintulutan lamang na makapasok at makalabas mula sa sa ECQ-GCQ zones ay ang mga sumusunod:
Opisyal ng gobyerno at front line government personnel
Mga indibidwal na bumibyahe sa kadahilanang medikal at pangkawanggawa
Mga indibidwal na kinakailangang makatawid bayan upang makahabol sa flight patungong abroad
Mga empleyado ng mga establisyementong nagbibigay ng pangunahing produkto, serbisyo, at public utilities
Mga indibidwal na kabilang sa ‘essential skeleton workforce’
Mga umuwing overseas Filipino workers (OFW) at byahero mula sa ibang bansa na pabalik sa kani-kanilang probinsya o lugar
Iba pang indibidwal na may pahintulot ng national at local government units.
Mananatili naman ang tuloy-tuloy na pagbyahe ng mga kargamento sa pagitan ng mga lugar na nasa ilalim ng ECQ at GCQ.
Sa pagpasok sa mga eskwelahan:
Mananatiling suspindido ang physical classes sa GCQ areas
Limitado lamang ang skeleton workforce sa mga unibersidad at kolehiyo sa pagpapatupad ng flexible learning arrangements hanggang matapos ang Academic Year 2019-2020. MNP (sa ulat ni Rosalie Coz)
Over 300 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) are aboard the two quarantine ships docked at Pier 15, Port Area, Manila.
According to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), they are OFWs from different countries who were repatriated due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Having to spend 14 days so close to home but still away from their love ones, one OFW assured that they will get through the quarantine period one zumba session at a time.
OFW blogger Pai TV documented how they keep themselves busy while under quarantine. They do zuzmba sessions while still adhering to social distancing protocols.
He also assured they are not paying for meals inside the quarantine ship. This is amid reports that OFWs aboard need to pay other fees including P180 for their daily meal.
The PCG also clarified that the said fee is shouldered by the manning/recruitment agencies and that the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will shoulder the said expenses if the manning/recruitment agencies refused to pay for it. AAC
MANILA, Philippines – Have you been exposed to a person in your workplace or has a family member recently met someone who later tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19)?
What should you do?
Health authorities have reiterated that a person who potentially contracted coronavirus after exposure to an infected patient should undergo a home quarantine to monitor symptoms and avoid spreading the disease.
What is quarantine?
The World Health Organization (WHO), in its interim guidance on the COVID-19 outbreak dated March 19, defines quarantine as the restriction of activities or separation of individuals who are not ill but may have been exposed to the virus, to monitor symptoms, and ensuring early detection of cases.
The WHO stressed that quarantine is different from isolation, which is the separation of ill or infected persons from others to prevent contamination.
Who should undergo a quarantine?
Based on the Department of Health (DOH) interim guidelines, those who do not exhibit any symptoms, has history of travel to China, and/or has exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days should undergo home quarantine.
Those who had no travel history, but had a contact with or provided direct care for a confirmed COVID-19 patient and manifested symptoms of respiratory illness are also advised to undergo home quarantine.
A person undergoing home quarantine are not allowed to leave their rooms until they have completed the 14-day requirement.
How do you avoid the risk of infection while living and caring for a potentially COVID-19 patient?
Provide a room for the person being monitored.
The DOH said the room should be adequately ventilated and spacious, preferably with toilet and bathroom. If this is not available, beds should be placed at least one meter apart.
Minimize direct interaction with the person being monitored.
A person, who is in good health, should be assigned as caretaker. No one apart from the caregiver will be allowed to visit the person being quarantined.
When serving meals, put the plates or meal trays only up to the room door. This should also be collected from the door. Eating utensils, dishes, and cups or drinking glass used by the person under quarantine should be separated.
Avoid contact with the person’s body fluids.
Caregivers should employ proper waste management when caring for a person under monitoring such as use of disposable gloves when handling oral or respiratory secretions, urine and feces. Wash hands thoroughly before putting on and after removing gloves.
Avoid exposure to things used by the person being quarantined.
Touching of toothbrush, towels, washcloths, bed linens and clothes used by the person being monitored should be avoided.
Disposable masks, tissues and other materials used by the person should be discarded immediately in a separate container, while reusable things like towels, and bed linens should be washed using water and regular laundry soap or machine wash at 60-90 °C (140-194 °F) with common laundry detergent and dry thoroughly.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
Bedside tables, bed frames and other bedroom furniture, and doorknobs should be cleaned and disinfected daily with regular household disinfectant containing a diluted bleach solution (that is, 1-part bleach to 99 parts water). For surfaces that cannot be cleaned with bleach, use 70% ethanol.
Observe proper hygiene.
Every member of the household should strictly observe proper hygiene if they are living or caring with a person potentially infected with coronavirus. Wash hands frequently using soap and water. They may also use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before and after contact with immediate environment.
Persons under quarantine should use a face mask when interacting with others
This is to protect other people from getting the virus.
The DOH also stressed that the use of face mask is not required for persons with no symptoms of the person being monitored is interacting with.
Masks should not be touched or handled during use. If it gets wet or dirty with secretions, it must be changed immediately and disposed properly. Discard the used disposable mask after a maximum use of 8 hours. Wash hands using water and soap or alcohol-based sanitizer after removal of mask.
Provide access to the internet and entertainment.
Persons under quarantine must be able to talk with family members outside their room through phones or other means of communication. Access to the internet, information and other forms of entertainment should also be provided.
If the person being monitored has developed coronavirus symptoms, such as fever, dry cough, tiredness, immediately consult a physician at a nearest health facility or call DOH COVID-19 hotlines at 02-894-COVID (02-894-26843) and 1555. His/her household members are also advised to seek medical care when symptoms developed.
If the person under quarantine has not exhibited symptoms after the 14-day requirement, they are free to go out and resume their activities after they have been certified by a local health official to have finished the quarantine period.
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