Isko: Stop COVID spread, limit social interaction

“WAG kumain nang sabay-sabay and limit your social interaction.”

This was the appeal made by Mayor Isko Moreno to the residents of Manila who are now gradually going back to work, in view of reports reaching his office that a lot of those who get infected with COVID-19 are actually office workers who spend way too much time on chatting while having lunch together.

“Tayong mga Pilipino sanay kumain nang sabay-sabay. Matuto na po tayong mamuhay sa workplace nang tayo lang mag-isa. Kung di rin lang kapaki-pakinabang ang sasabihin natin sa kapwa, ‘wag na tayo magusap-usap muna and go home straight,”Moreno said.

The mayor also called on the youngsters to stop exposing themselves to infection and then bringing home any virus to their family’s elder members.

“”Wag kayong magbarakadahan sa kalsada, ‘wag mag-mall. Di ba kayo nababagabag na tayo ay makakapaminsala sa ating mga magulang o lolo, lola nating me edad na naghihintay sa atin sa bahay dahil tayo ang may dala ng virus. Stay home as much as possible. Iwasan ang laro-laro, barka-barkadahan sa kalsada,” Moreno stressed.

Even in the case of the city-run hospitals, Moreno said that Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, who is in charge of the said hospitals, had reported that many of the hospital staff who get infected by the virus are not actually the doctors or nurses who are exposed to COVID patients on a daily basis but instead, the administrative staff who work far from the patients or behind the scenes.

This was confirmed by at least two hospital directors who said that the staff from the administration usually ignore warnings and eat altogether.  Since they are eating, they naturally remove their face masks and then spend at least an hour chatting while seated beside and in front of one another.

Another director also lamented seeing social media posts from their hospital staff who go to malls altogether or eat without proper distancing, unmindful of the fact that they are setting a bad example to their fellow workers and those who will see their posts, specially since they are from government and are expected to be role models.