The current situation of COVID-19 in Cebu City is now the focus on the fight against the pandemic in the Philippines. The purpose of this blog article is not to give expert advice but to offer 10 suggestions on how to deal with the outbreak. It is also a way to support the city government and the Cebuanos.
The writer is trying to find solutions to help as a citizen than merely joining the bandwagon of social exchanges of ideas, let alone wrangling of varied thoughts. Though he is a writer of many US-based healthcare agencies for three years now, he doesn’t claim any healthcare expertise. There are many health professional sources where you can get information about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and the Department of Health in the Philippines.
Support the City Government
Social media networks, particularly Facebook, are full of discussions concerning the issue of how the COVID-19 in Cebu City is being handled by the city government. Though this public dispute can help in boosting the knowledge about the current situation in the area, some of them are not helping, especially if the focus is on blaming others than looking for solutions. In these hard times, supporting the city government is better than completely dismissing the efforts of the committee handling the situation. Supporting the officials, however, doesn’t mean defending the failures they have done to reduce the risk of spreading the disease. Supporting means following the quarantine protocols while maintaining healthy criticism of the leadership. The writer believes that everyone has mutual responsibilities to keep the community safe, but the government should take a bigger responsibility.
Be Updated with the News
Aside from the reliable sources provided above, social media platforms are useful in matters of fast and updated information. Facebook, for example, has COVID-19 Information Center on the Menu Bar leading to various sites and data about the outbreak. By checking the available data of cases in the area or the new quarantine protocols, you’ll get an idea about how your neighborhood is performing in response to the pandemic. Making yourself informed about the current events will give you the confidence of living more proactively despite the condition. You must be sure though that you are getting information from reliable local and international news than from Facebook Pages or Groups with unverified information.
Follow Social Distancing
Since the beginning of the quarantine on March 28, 2020 in Cebu City, social distancing is a byword in every place and social networking site. The city has done well in keeping the community safe in the first weeks of the battle against the epidemic until the cases skyrocketed. This proves how social distancing has been disregarded by many as a useful practice to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. Being put to an ECQ (enhanced community quarantine) condition again on June 16, 2020, we hope that people now will be more aware of the importance of distancing themselves from others. The government should also respond in stricter but favorable measures.
Avoid Going to Hospitals
This is the most critical of all the suggestions available online. The reason behind this is clear enough. Given the fact that a hospital is a place where victims are being brought and attended to, medical facilities can give you the bigger possibility of getting the virus. Also, it has been reported that many hospitals in Cebu City are now congested. So, if you are experiencing mild symptoms, such as cough or fever, it’s better to stay at home for medication than going to the hospital.
Do Physical Exercises
This is the most common of all the pieces of advice we are getting online, but it is the most unpracticed necessity as well. Needlessly to say, you have to do some stretching and lifting while at home since sitting or lying down the whole day can give you more harm than good. With at least 30 minutes of daily workouts, you can boost your physical strength and avoid the bad effects of a sedentary lifestyle. If you have a health condition, however, you have to ask your physician on what activities are more proper for you.
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Sanitize Your Hands
Wash your hands if you’re at home and sanitize your hands if you’re out. Though most establishments have sanitizers or alcohol, it is safer if you always bring an easy-to-carry sanitizer or alcohol products with you if you go out. Remember not to touch your eyes, mouth, and nose with unsanitized hands to prevent the virus from entering your body.
Take Your Vitamins
Vitamins and minerals are supplements needed to boost our immune system. Though vitamins cannot cure any illness, they can still help the body to get the necessary elements to stay strong and healthy. However, you have to balance your vitamin intakes to avoid an overdose, especially if you are taking medicines. You must be sure to get the advice of your primary doctor before taking any vitamin if you are dealing with a health problem. For expert tips, watch Doc Willie Ong’s video again about the COVID-19 healthy diet and more here.
Prevention is always better than cure. Whether you are ill or not, protecting yourself and others by wearing a face mask is necessary. Though it is common to wear a mask when you are out, it is also advisable to do the same at home, especially if there are many of you in the house and if you have a sick family member or you have seniors who are vulnerable to any disease.
Staying at home is the safest practice everyone can do during this situation. As long as you don’t need to go out to buy necessities or for emergency purposes, please don’t risk your life and your family by joining the people outside. Though you are wearing a mask or you are practicing social distancing, going out is still giving yourself the high possibility of being infected. The home is now the safest place we can all stay while we are fighting against an unseen enemy. It is also a great opportunity to get to know more about your family members while enjoying time together.
The writer continuously advocates the importance of prayer on social media as an additional response to the situation of COVID-19 in Cebu City. Aside from the fact that the city is known as the cradle of Christianity in the archipelago, the writer also believes that the power from above should not be disregarded or dismissed when it comes to dealing with big problems, such as this horrible pandemic. Though the writer doesn’t believe in faith healers, he still believes that prayers can move mountains. Mountains here could represent sickness, family issues, employment problems, business difficulties, social struggles, and more. When you need help, bowing your knees could be the best refuge you can have.