Christmas is here. And despite the limitations and risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Filipinos are still looking for creative ways to celebrate the merriest time of the year.
To minimize the risks of COVID-19 transmission, Department of Health Director Dr. Beverly Lorraine Ho said Filipinos should consider some factors before going about their holiday traditions.
"We want people to constantly assess when they participate in certain activities, what do they need to take note of and how can they minimize the risks?" she said in a webinar Wednesday.
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According to the DOH, these are things to look out for and ask yourself for a safe Christmas celebration during the pandemic:
1. Number of People
Will there be only a few people joining the activity?
Will physical distancing of at least one meter from another person be possible in that activity?
How long will the activity be?
Is there proper ventilation in the venue of the activity?
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Will there be shouting, singing, or other activities that could heighten the risk of virus transmission?
Will participants of the activity wear face mask and face shields or other personal protective equipment?
The health department has repeatedly reminded the public to observe minimum health standards such as wearing of face masks during the pandemic. Authorities have also discouraged the public from going to crowded places this holiday season to mitigate the risks of spreading the virus.