DOH On Spike In Cases: Eating At Home Or Food Delivery Is The Safer Option For Now

It's been a year of staying in for most people in the country.

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A spike in COVID cases in Metro Manila has prompted government officials to implement a unified curfew (10 p.m. to 5 a.m.) and localized lockdowns in different parts of metro beginning March 15, 2021.

In an interview with Summit Media journalists, Dr. Beverly Lorraine Ho, who heads the Department of Health's communications group shared, "We're at a critical juncture now and we are asking everyone a little bit more patience. Let's maximize all our online tools."

Restrictions have been eased in the country but with new variants of the virus coming out and a sudden surge in new cases being reported daily, she recommends exercising extra caution when deciding to go out for social events.

"Interacting with other people will require us to remove our masks. When we meet them, we usually eat together and that's really something that's droplet-heavy. Kumakain, nag-uusap.

The recent spike, particularly in health care facilities, are actually driven by this behavior. So, if you're meeting with your relatives or your friends but you will still be in your [protective] gears and you won't be gathering en masse, that's possible. At every point in time na lalabas kayo ng bahay, just reassess, 'what risk am I putting myself in?'."

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Quarantine fatigue is something that a lot of people are experiencing, Dr. Ho admits. She adds, "If you have the capacity to eat outside while at home or get food deliveries, that's going to be the safer option at least for now."

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