Government mobility restrictions are insufficient, and so individuals can self-quarantine to help lower the COVID infections in Metro Manila, according to members of a research group.
The OCTA Research team believes self-quarantine is one of the measures to ensure the health system of Metro Manila is not overwhelmed and avoid necessitating more extreme measures.
“To avoid a lockdown, we need to encourage people to undergo voluntary ECQ,” said OCTA Research fellow Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, a molecular biologist and a Catholic priest.
This voluntary quarantine can cover two to four weeks, which is the lifespan of the COVID virus. Staying home reduces people’s mobility, directly proportional to how fast the virus spreads in the community.
Another member of the research team, UP professor Ranjit Singh Rye, also recommends the following measures:
Comply with health protocols.
Avoid activities like dining out.
Avoid social gatherings.
Choose to work from home for those who can.
OCTA says that the infection level in Metro Manila now is the same as the peak levels in July-August 2020.
The World Health Organization representative in the Philippines shares this assessment.
In a separate briefing, WHO's Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe said cases are rising faster now compared to 2020.
Family member tests positive for COVID? Call One Hospital Command
Meantime, families with a member who tests positive for COVID and need isolation can directly call the Department of Health’s One Hospital Command
The One Hospital Command’s call center is staffed by operators trained to reply to frequently asked questions.
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For inquiries about medical direction, this call center will transfer the caller to the Command Center, where doctors can directly answer queries.
The Command Center can also coordinate with isolation and treatment facilities and arrange for the patient’s transfer from the home.
Hospitals that have reached full capacity can also coordinate with the Command Center to no longer accommodate patients can be sent to an institution that can.