By MB Online

Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto advised the public on Sunday that practicing proper hygiene was the best way to prevent contamination of the 2019-novel Coronavirus Acute Respiratory Disease (nCoV ARD).

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Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto
(KEVIN TRISTAN ESPIRITU / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

The mayor cited the guidelines released by the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the use of masks in the community during home care and in health settings in the 2019-nCoV threat.

“The @WHO does NOT recommend that healthy people wear masks (see pic of document) Baka daw magbigay ito ng “false sense of security” na para bang kung may mask ay ok na,” Sotto said. (It might brought “false sense of security” that wearing mask means it is sufficient enough to avoid the virus)

Instead, he urged the public to wash hands regularly, and avoid those who have symptoms of the virus.

“Ang mas mahalaga: madalas na paghugas ng kamay at pagdistansya sa may sintomas,” he said. (It is most important to wash hands regulary and to give distance those who have symptoms.)

Sotto said the Pasig gov’t turned over infrared thermometers to DepEd Pasig to be used at the entrances of 44 public schools on Monday morning.

The Department of Health (DOH) announced on Sunday that a 44-year-old Chinese man from Wuhan, China, who tested positive for the 2019-nCoV ARD died last Saturday, making him the first novel coronavirus related-death outside of China.

The DOH started its surveillance in early January with the number of Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) being initially recorded at 36, including the two positive nCoV ARD cases. Of the 36 PUIs, 24 were found to be negative of the new virus.

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