As typhoon “Bising” (international name “Surigae”) continues to pose threat to the eastern part of the Philippine archipelago, it is important to learn how to reduce the possible spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) when seeking safety in evacuation centers.
The Department of Health on Saturday, April 17, released the Guide for Evacuation Centers to help people prepare and lower the risk of infection while staying safe in public shelters.
The following are the DOH’s guidelines:
-Wash hands with soap and water.
-Use alcohol if there is no soap and water.
-Wear face mask.
-Cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing.
-Clean your hands when preparing food.
-Do not share glass and cutlery.
-Do not share personal items (comb, towel, etc.).
-There should be a proper toilet.
-There should be facilities for laundry.
The DOH said that before entering the evacuation center, evacuees must also be screened for the following: fever, rashes, open wounds, vomiting, diarrhea.
“People with these symptoms should see a doctor before being admitted to an evacuation center,” read the guide.