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DOH relaxes rules on outdoor face shield use

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Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary and treatment czar Leopoldo Vega recently stated that when outdoors and in the event of work interference, face shields need not be mandated.


Vega spoke of moisture getting in the way of work due to the face shields and cited “very low” transmission risks when outdoors.


“Face shields are needed when you’re indoors…in malls, or if you have face-to-face interactions…” the treatment czar said.


The statement comes somewhat contrastingly to the recent response of the DOH and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to calls for face shield usage to be scrapped entirely.


Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso talked about how the Philippines seems to be the only remaining country that regards face shields as a crucial deterrent to Covid19 spread.


Moreno added that by doing away with the mandate, citizens would have fewer expenditures and feel less uncomfortable when out.


However, the DOH, DILG and local health experts maintain that having an additional layer of protection especially with vaccination rates abysmal, and variants of the virus present in the country, is the wise course of action.


Furthermore, Vega reminded those of the vulnerable demographic, particularly seniors, to avoid having to go out at all, especially indoor places with many people.


Though if unavoidable, remember to observe proper public health protocols at all times as vaccination only prevents hospitalization and death, not getting infected.


As of June 16 a total of 56,170 cases of Covid19 remain active in the country.

Photo: Inquirer.net


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