Despite Increasing Cases of COVID-19, It Seems Filipinos Are Still Unafraid of Crowds

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it's better to stay at home unless absolutely necessary.

The Department of Health has declared a Code Red alert in the entire country amid COVID-19 fears.

It's been a long time coming considering that travel bans have been imposed, major events have been canceled or postponed, and classes have been suspended. And yet, it seems many people still haven't gotten the hint.

On Sunday, the Intramuros Administration granted free admission to female visitors of Casa Manila Museum, Baluarte De San Diego, and Fort Santiago as part of the celebrations for International Women's Day. The tourism ministry reported that over 15,000 people came to the event.

Even with precautionary mechanisms and proper hygiene efforts, however, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it's better to stay at home unless absolutely necessary—especially for people at risk. It echoes the World Health Organization's (WHO) statement below.

"If you are over 60 years old, or if you have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, a respiratory condition or diabetes, you have a higher risk of developing severe disease. You may wish to take extra precautions to avoid crowded areas, or places where you might interact with people who are sick," said WHO director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.


Consider that before stepping out. And as always, watch for symptoms and emergency warning signs such as difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, and bluish lips or face.

More: Should You Cancel Your Flight Because of COVID-19?

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Paolo Chua is the Associate Style Editor at Esquire Philippines, where he writes about fashion and grooming. Before joining Esquire Philippines, he was a writer at Town & Country Philippines.
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