The Department of Health has urged the public to do away not just with dangerous firecrackers but also toy trumpets and whistles on New Year’s Eve as these noisemakers could end up spreading saliva tainted with coronavirus.
For those who insist on ushering in the New Year with noisemakers, health officials recommended those that do not require blowing such as drums, pots and pans, car horns, coin banks, and playing loud music.
During the launch of the government’s annual anti-firecrackers campaign, Health Undersecretary for Public Health Services Myrna Cabotaje warned against the use of trumpets and whistles that could be a source of transmission of Covid-19.
The DOH reiterated the official warning against holding large social gatherings to celebrate Christmas and the New Year, saying such could lead to a surge in Covid-19 cases. Additionally, it suggested face masks and face shields as gift ideas while the country struggles with the pandemic.
The coming holidays are going to be vastly different from the ones we have traditionally enjoyed but all these adjustments and precautions are necessary as our nation battles to stem the tide of Covid-19 transmissions that are sure to surge if we do not cooperate during this critical juncture of the pandemic.
Even though the numbers indicate that the government response to the Covid-19 pandemic has been inadequate, Filipinos have been cooperating with the recommendations and demands of the government since March. Faced with inadequacies in testing, contact tracing, and vaccine procurement, the burden is upon us to do all we can to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the coronavirus.
If we can wear face masks, face shields, practice physical distancing and stay at home for almost one year already, following the DOH recommendations with regards to our holiday celebrations shouldn’t be too much to ask.*