LEGAZPI CITY (PIA) -The Department of Health (DOH-5) in Bicol is reiterating its appeal to the public to observe the minimum health standards as the region remains under community quarantine to slow the number of people getting infected with Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
"Our fight against COVID-19 is not yet over. We are appealing to the Bicolanos to become responsible and disciplined citizens," Dr. Ernie Vera, DOH-5 regional director, said.
Vera said the minimum health standards must be strictly followed in Bicol to help in the nation's effort to "flatten the curve."
The minimum health standards have four components, namely, increase resilience, decrease transmission, decrease contact and decrease infectiousness.
Vera said decreasing vulnerability or increasing a person's resiliency needs healthy lifestyle such as eating nutritious food, having exercise and avoiding too much stress. People must ensure that they are physically and mentally healthy, he added.
He also advised the public to follow the preventive measures such as proper handwashing, wearing of face mask, proper cough etiquette and regular disinfection to common places to decrease the transmission of COVID-19.
It is also important to "decrease contact" by avoiding mass gatherings, implementing work shifts and adapting online learning for the students, Vera explained.
Moreover, he said isolating persons with symptoms or with possible contact to COVID-19 patients is part of the minimum health standards to decrease infectiousness.
"We need the cooperation of the public. The flattening of the curve depends on our commitment in following these minimum health standards," Vera said.
He added that people must embrace the "new normal" to fight the COVID-19.
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Bicol remained at 68 as of May 21, 2020 with 34 suspected and seven probable cases. According to DOH Bicol, current confirmed cases are 18. (PIA5/CEB)