Dr. Lilian Gacuya of the KMS said it is through proper information that the public would get protected from the disease that is now labeled by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a health emergency of global concern.
As of Feb. 12, reports show the COVID-19 has claimed 1,110 lives and more than 44, 200 confirmed cases mostly in China.
Gacuya said they target schools to help students protect themselves from the disease as they are more exposed to different people and they are good multipliers of information.
At the Kalinga State University, Gacuya and Dr. Karla Gatbonton discussed the history of the COVID-19, its manner of transmission, prevention and treatment.
They explained that COVID-19 is not airborne and is transmitted through droplets hence constant washing of hands is highly recommended. The mere touching of objects that contain droplets from the coughing, sneezing or touched by a person infected could transmit the virus.
Going to crowded places is discouraged to avoid possible contact with someone who carries the virus.
On the use of facemask, Gacuya said this is more recommended to health personnel and other workers directly attending to persons under investigation or persons under monitoring.
People with existing primary ailments who have decreased immunity may use facemask when exposed outdoor and those who are at risk due to the nature of their work, she added.
She urged students to develop the habit of proper body hygiene as viruses do not thrive in clean areas. (JDP/LL-PIA CAR, Kalinga)
By Larry T. Lopez