COVID-19 FAQ Webinar Held
by Kim Santiago
A live webinar on COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) was conducted on January 28, 2021 by Dra. Marielen Evangeline Marcelino-Cruz, MD, MHA, FPCOM. She is an Occupational Medicine Specialist dedicated to the control of occupational health, clinical treatment, and care, and to occupational hazard prevention. A diplomate and fellow of the Philippine College of Occupational Medicine, and a DOLE-accredited occupational safety and health practitioner, she discussed the basics of COVID-19, how to protect ourselves at work and how to do contact tracing.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a type of virus called SARS-CoV-2. The virus was first discovered in Wuhan, China. The Philippines’ first case was reported on January 30, 2020 and was followed by a local transmission on March 7, 2020.
The virus can be spread by dust particles and fomites while close unsafe touch between the infector and the infected individual. COVID-19 can be transmitted through several ways: first is by talking and laughing, which both produce large droplets that are projected in small distance; second is by coughing, produces medium droplets that reach farther distance and by sneezing, which produces smaller droplets that can reach up to six meters. Other modes of transmission are air droplets, direct contact, and droplets on surfaces.
A study found that the new coronavirus can live on surfaces. for several hours – on paper, tissue, copper, and cardboard. It could also live for days in on the following surfaces: wood, cloth, stainless steel, polypropylene plastic, glass, paper money, and outside of
the surgical masks. The most common symptoms are fever higher than 37.8 Celsius, dry cough, fatigue, and loss of taste and smell. However, some also experience body pains, diarrhea, headache, rashes, discoloration of fingers and toes, sore throat, conjunctivitis.
s is the number one necessity in a pandemic situation. The Center for Disease Control recommends that people wear a mask with the following aspects: non-medical disposable masks that fit properly, made with breathable cotton or tightly woven fabric, has two or three layers or with inner filter pockets. Overall, wearing a mask will protect an individual from contracting the infection, and would help the further spread of the virus. On hand disinfection, it is recommended that hands should be washed for 40-60 seconds or should be rubbed with 60%-80% alcohol for 20-30 seconds.
There are various ways that authorities recommend as safety measures for the public such as: stay at home policy, social distancing, contact tracing, wearing a mask, wearing a face shield, watching for symptoms, disinfecting surfaces and mobile phones, proper disposal of masks, bringing of utensils, isolation, and quarantine. All of these are safety measures that the authorities are obliging the public to do to fight COVID-19.
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