Editorial: Follow the rules, stop the spread

THE Department of Health in Davao Region (DOH-Davao) on Friday, July 24, reported that one of the reasons why the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the region continue to increase is due to people who continue to defy health safety protocols.

DOH-Davao regional epidemiology surveillance unit (Resu) head Dr. Cleofe Tabada said during a virtual presser that some of the new cases are those who made contact with arriving local stranded individuals (LSIs) or returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs).

“Some of the returning passengers are able to return straight home. We have instances where a (Covid-19) positive (returning resident) goes home, they will be able to meet their family and friends and (they) later tested positive after being in contact with these arrivals,” Tabada said.

In response, arriving LSIs or ROFs will be isolated the moment they arrive at their hometowns.

“Lahat ng darating dapat ina-isolate talaga lahat kahit saan sila galing. Yun ang usapan na susunduin (They have to be isolated when they arrive. That is what has been agreed to), will be taken care of by the LGUs, and they go straight to the facility if the LGU has adequate room and facility to accommodate them,” she said.

It is mind-boggling to listen to reports from health authorities, including law enforcement agencies, of how people continue to defy existing health safety protocols.

We never wanted the Covid-19 pandemic to happen. It is something that surprised us and turned our world upside down. Now, these health safety guidelines that our government and health authorities have put in place are meant to protect us and also the people around us.

Netizens on social media keep on asking when the pandemic will end or why the cases continue to increase. Yet, many fail to understand that this fight against Covid-19 is something that everyone must work on together. Because of the selfishness and complacency of some, people are getting the virus and the cases continue to increase.

If we want to end this as soon as possible, we have to adapt to this “new normal”. This means that we have to follow health safety protocols that have been set by our health authorities. Following these protocols protects us and our loved ones. We are also helping the medical workers working at the frontlines by preventing a surge of Covid-19 cases.

As a reminder, always wear a face mask if you are leaving home and when going to crowded places like the public market, supermarket, or at the office. Also, always observe at least two-meter social distancing wherever you are. Do not forget to regularly wash your hands with soap and water too.


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