Doctor calls out Tiktoker: “Is it really that hard to practice safety protocols?”

Published December 22, 2020, 8:30 AM

by Paola Navarette

With rising number of cases, the country is still far from flattening the curve. That’s why when a young TikToker’s video of spending time with friends in a home without a single one of them wearing masks went viral, it sparked anger among Filipinos.

TikTok user Hazel Grace, under the username @queenluvs14, showed off her “influencer” friends who came to visit her so they could collaborate on videos together.

Screenshot from Dr. Paola Cabrera’s account

“Hi loves, there are many TikTokers here in the mansion! Mention them if you know them,” Hazel happily said in a now-deleted video.

It wasn’t a laughing matter to some commenters, who quickly bashed her for not following health protocols. “Is it really that hard to practice safety protocols?” said Dr. Paola Cabrera in reaction to the viral video. “Is it too much to ask? What have we become?”

Not the first time
Turns out, she was called out a month ago for meeting with friends. She posted an apology video on her account later on.

Remember, the fate of the healthcare system depends on the collective action of its citizens. The country must flatten the curve but this need not involve a lockdown.

We know that the coronavirus mostly spreads through the air, and does so easily when people spend prolonged periods together in poorly ventilated areas.

People can reduce their risk by wearing masks and avoiding indoor spaces such as restaurants, bars, and gyms, where the possibility of transmission is especially high (no matter how often these places clean their surfaces). 

Christmas gatherings, for which several generations will travel around the country for days of close indoor contact and constant conversation, will be risky, too.

Safety of users
TikTok, meanwhile, said that the safety of users is their key priority. “TikTok in now way endorses or promotes content that is in violation of its comprehensive community guidelines, including harm to self or others,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “We are committed towards maintaining a safe and positive in-app environment for users by abiding by and complying with local laws.”