The new strain has recently appeared in the Philippines
Recently, the Philippine Genome Center or PGC, has found 9 people in the Philippines who were infected with this new strain. However, the samples tested were from Quezon City, and does not necessarily mean that the new strain has spread throughout the country.
However, it could be possible that the spike of cases in the country could be due to this new strain. But at the moment, we still cannot confirm if this is the case.
How can people protect themselves?
With the new form of the virus becoming more infectious, people need to take better precautions. A more infectious virus means that it can quickly spread to a lot of people, which can cause another outbreak.
Here are some tips to help protect yourself from being infected.
Practice social distancing
By far, social distancing is the best way to lower your chances of getting sick. Avoiding being in close proximity with other people significantly lowers the risk of infection.
If you need to go outside, avoid crowded places, and if possible public transportation. It is also important to minimize your time outside, since the longer you stay out, the higher your chances are of getting infected.
It would also be best to avoid places such as gyms, restaurants, supermarkets, and places of worship since people tend to gather in these places.
Wear a face mask
Another important tip would be to always wear a face mask. Wearing a face mask prevents you from inhaling any droplets that might be infected.
Wearing a face mask also helps protect other people from getting sick if you are the one infected. So all in all, it’s good practice to wear a mask if you are outside.
Keep your hands and your surroundings clean
It is also important to wash your hands as often as possible, especially if you have just gone outside. You can get infected with COVID-19 by touching contaminated surfaces, and touching your mouth or your face. So hand washing should be a top priority for everyone.
You also need to keep your surroundings clean, especially if you are living with other people that go in and out of the house. This is because it is possible that they might have the virus on them, and it can contaminate the surfaces inside your home.
Stay at home as much as possible
Lastly, stay home and stay safe. By staying home, you are avoiding other people who might be infected. This means that you are effectively lowering your chances of getting infected to zero.
If you stay home, you are one less person to get infected, which means that there is less of a chance that you can spread the virus.
Learn more about COVID-19, here.