Isko: Those aged 18-39 likely COVID-19 carriers, spreaders

Isko Moreno

THOSE aged 18 to 39 are the ones who are most likely to make their family members, particularly the senior citizens, get infected with the coronavirus disease if they don’t behave properly.

Thus said Mayor Isko Moreno, as he also bared that the city government is now giving special focus on Tondo 1, Sampaloc, Sta. Cruz, Tondo 2 and Sta. Mesa, being the areas which currently have the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases within the city.

“Our data would show that those aged 18 to 39 ang may pinakamalaking exposure sa COVID-19,” Moreno said, citing records showing that majority of quarantine passes issued by barangays belong to the said age group and therefore, they are the ones who get out of their homes from time to time for various reasons.

“Ang mga nagdadala ng virus sa bahay ay ‘yung mga taong mahilig lumabas kahit may ECQ (enhanced community quarantine). Dahil ang nabigyan ng ECQ passes ay 18 to 39, sila ang lumalabas ng bahay. Ýung iba lumalabas nang walang kapararakan, pagbalik sa bahay, chances are nahahawa si nanay, tatay, lolo o lola. Sila ‘yung mga lumalabag sa ECQ, painom-inom, pa-party-party, pabingo-bingo, paboksing-boksing,” Moreno lamented.

He said that while it is true that the senior citizens are the most vulnerable, it is because of their underlying health issues and not because they do not take the necessary precautions.

Moreno said the senior citizens are more ‘behaved’ and do stay home, adding that ‘’hindi senior ang unang nahahawa at nakakahawa sa pamilya. May dati na silang mga sakit kaya hindi nila kinakaya ang coronavirus.”

“So, if you really love your parents or grandparents or any member of the family who is an elderly, take extra care,”he added.

Moreno further warned: “Isa sa pinakamasaklap, kapag  nasawi ang inyong mahal sa buhay, ang huli ninyo silang nakita ay ‘yung unang araw ninyo silang dinala sa ospital. ‘Yun na lang ang alaala ninyo sa kanila… di n’yo sila makakasama o mabibisita.. kahit nasawi ni katawan di n’yo makikita. Abo  na po ang babalik sa inyo. ‘Yan ang malungkot.”