Public reminded vs. Covid at large holiday gatherings

Dr. Beverly Lorraine Ho, OIC Health Undersecretary, reminds the public to take precautions during the holidays.*RIchard Malihan photo

The Department of Health is reminding the public, especially those who are immunocompromised, to take precautions against COVID-19 at large gatherings during the holidays.

“During the holidays we expect to gather with families and friends…We need to know what our own risks are,” Dr. Beverly Lorraine Ho, OIC Health Undersecretary, said Thursday, November 24.

“If you have comorbidities or live with persons with comorbidities, we ask you to be more careful now that mask wearing is optional”, said Ho, who was in Bacolod for the Negros Occidental Universal Health Care Summit.

She said it is highly recommended that persons who are immunocompromised, or who live with people who are immunocompromised wear masks.

Ho said the DOH also strongly recommends making sure ventilation is good at home gatherings. It is better to hold gatherings in open air environments or in places where there are good filters, she said.

She also stressed the need not to forget to wash ones hands.

Hand washing and masking protects one not only from COVID but from other infectious diseases, she said.

Ho also reminded the public to get their booster shots.*

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