Common-sense solutions to COVID-19

With more than two million deaths and millions more infected in most of the world, we now have a trove of information about this deadly COVID-19 virus a year after the first worldwide lockdown was imposed......»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardApr 15th, 2021

Common-sense solutions to COVID-19

With more than two million deaths and millions more infected in most of the world, we now have a trove of information about this deadly COVID-19 virus a year after the first worldwide lockdown was imposed......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 15th, 2021

Solons to gov’t: Heed the plea of medical workers

Lawmakers expressed all-out support on Sunday (August 2) to the appeal made by Philippine College of Physicians and the Philippine Medical Associationto shift Mega Manila back to a 15-day enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), even as they sought a change in leadership in the Department of Health (DOH) and other agencies handling the country’s response against COVID-19. (JANSEN ROMERO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman, Anakalusugan partylist Rep. Michael Defensor, Bayan Muna partylist Rep.  Carlos Isagani Zarate, and Quezon City  2nd District Rep. Precious Hipolito Castelo called on the government to heed the plea of the medical experts and frontliners for more stringent health protocols in critical areas. “While both the health and economic crisis wrought by  the still ravaging COVID-19 pandemic must be both effectively addressed, the relief and recovery of the people’s health must be prioritized. Lives lost are forfeited forever but businesses lost can be redeemed,” Lagman said in a statement.“We must learn from the bitter lesson experienced by other countries like Japan which prematurely reopened economic, leisure and domestic travel activities only to be besieged later by a resurgence of the viral contagion,” he stressed.  Defensor, chairperson of the House Committee on Public Accounts, said, “If our leading doctors are prescribing it, then as good patients, we are all for Mega Manila’s brief return to an ECQ.” “Our sense is, our public health system is on the verge of collapse, and the momentary return to an ECQ will buy everybody more time to gird for a longer battle against the coronavirus disease,” he said. He said once the government gives in to the appeal, the COVID-19 National Task Force should take that opportunity to fix the lack of hospital staff due to doctors, nurses and other personnel getting infected and still recovering, or undergoing routine seclusion after possible exposure; expand the bed capacities of makeshift hospitals and quarantine facilities; and improve case-finding and the isolation of suspected cases. Defensor said the government should also step up contact-tracing and quarantining; upgrade public transportation options and safety; strengthen workplace protection; build up enforcement of and public compliance with self-protective measures such as the wearing of face masks and face shields, handwashing as well as social and physical distancing; and increase financial and livelihood support to distressed households. Zarate said they are one with our frontliners in demanding a reprieve from the overwhelming cases of COVID-19, particularly in the National Capital Region. “Reverting back to ECQ or whatever level of lockdown is useless or will be for naught if the primary recommendation of frontliners like free mass testing, pro-active contact tracing, isolation and treatment will not be seriously implemented by the government,” he said in a statement. For her part, Castelo said, “Let us listen to them. They are the ones on the frontline. Indeed, after five months of fighting this pandemic, they are exhausted physically, emotionally and mentally.” She laments that several doctors and nurses have died and many others have fallen sick while battling COVID-19. “Our medical workers are asking for a short time to recuperate. Let us give it to them,” she said. In a radio interview, Surigao del Norte 2nd district Rep. Robert Ace Barbers said the government should strike a balance between the economy and health of the Filipinos, but it should be tilted somehow, in favor of health amid the appeal made by physicians to shift Mega Manila back to a 15-day ECQ. He asked the DOH to come up with “a system, a policy, or even perhaps a strategy” to reinforce the country’s health system by augmenting the medical force.  In a separate statement, Assistant Minority Leader and ACT Teachers Representative France Castro said the Inter Agency Task Force for COVID-19 should be headed by medical experts instead of generals who have done nothing but to impose military solutions to combat a public health crisis.  “Our frontliners are already pleading to the Duterte administration to implement a comprehensive medical plan to address the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The government needs to listen and take concrete actions with the demands of our healthcare workers,” she said.   “It is high time that medical experts lead in the fight against COVID-19 instead of military generals. Medical experts who will not twist data and try to sanitize the numbers. We need medical experts who use science and not allow an entire population to be used as guinea pigs in a failed response and inadequate policies for public health safety.”.....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 2nd, 2020

The key to success?

What is one common factor among all the Filipino Olympians who are favored to medal in Tokyo? It’s something that was made even more obvious by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 26th, 2021

CitizenWatch: LGUs need digital connectivity

Consumer advocate CitizenWatch Philippines urged business groups to help local governments with digital solutions to strengthen ongoing COVID-19 response and vaccination deployment amidst the prevailing high rate of infections......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 17th, 2021

G20 foreign ministers call for greater cooperation against the epidemic crisis

Reuters. – The G20 foreign ministers on Tuesday called for multilateral solutions to global crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate emergency in.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 30th, 2021

Tough love versus COVID

President Duterte apparently intended to grab everybody’s attention and awaken our sense of urgency about getting vaccinated against COVID-19.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 25th, 2021

How Infinix HOT 10S prevents today& rsquo;s most common gamer problems

While mobile gaming has been enjoying consistent growth over the past years, the COVID-19 outbreak saw it achieve an exponential spike as people cope with lockdown measures around the world......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 21st, 2021

CitySavings Boosts Digital Initiatives in Response to Pandemic

City Savings Bank, Inc. (CitySavings) continues to create innovative solutions for customers amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bank focuses on addressing the urgent need of customers for financial services through its relevant products and digital channels. “CitySavings has always been very customer-centric and I believe that customer-centricity is essential as one digitally transforms. This is […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 9th, 2021


Writer’s block? Depressed? Angry? Blood pressure shooting up? Walk, and it’s more than for just the four problems I have named. The pandemic has converted many of us into couch potatoes, content with staying indoors with the false sense of security that we won’t catch COVID-19. That’s not quite true of course, given that the […] The post Walk appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 26th, 2021

A slow but sure road to herd immunity

It simply makes no sense for some quarters, particularly the opposition, to criticize what they describe as “slow” rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in the country.  .....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 25th, 2021

Take out politics from COVID-19 pandemic

A few weeks after the outbreak in March last year of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic reached our shores, a core group of professors from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City decided to make sense of the statistics and data coming out from the Department of Health......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 21st, 2021

Fitch Solutions cuts Philippines growth outlook to 5.3%

Fitch Solutions Country Risk & Industry Research expects a slower economic recovery for the Philippines in the next two years as the country continues to struggle to control the resurgence of COVID-19 infections......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 12th, 2021

Simple but life-saving answers to common COVID-19 questions

GMA News and Public Affairs gives practical answers to common yet important questions on COVID-19 via a series of public service vignettes dubbed PPE: Pinoy Pandemic Essentials......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 10th, 2021

Bees in the Netherlands trained to detect COVID-19 infections

AMSTERDAM — Dutch researchers have trained bees, which have an unusually keen sense of smell, to identify samples infected with COVID-19, a finding they said could cut waiting times for test results to just seconds. To train the bees, scientists in the bio-veterinary research laboratory at Wageningen University gave them sugary water as a reward after showing […] The post Bees in the Netherlands trained to detect COVID-19 infections appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 8th, 2021

As US vaccine demand falls, states look to new solutions

It's official: America's COVID-19 immunization campaign is stalling......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2021

Concepcion firm makes freezer for vaccines

Concepcion Industrial Corp., a publicly listed manufacturer of airconditioners, airconditioning solutions, refrigerators and other consumer products, is offering Condura VaxSafe, a medical freezer that can store and preserve COVID-19 vaccines......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 1st, 2021

BPI amplifies digital channels

Ayala-led Bank of the Philippine Islands continued to amplify its digital channels by creating innovative banking solutions to make everyday banking transactions more convenient for its retail clients amid the COVID-19 pandemic......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 1st, 2021

DOH logs 2,300,000 minutes in conference calls, telemedicine over Cisco Webex

The COVID-19 pandemic posed substantial health and safety challenges for every industry and organization that expedited major transitions to digital solutions, but none has more urgently done than in the healthcare industry......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 28th, 2021

Landbank waives transfer fees until June 30

State-run Land Bank of the Philippines is extending again the waiver of fees for online fund transfers of retail clients until June 30 to support the use of digital banking solutions amid the spike in COVID-19 cases......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2021

EOC to public: Eat separately, travel safely this Holy Week

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has encouraged the public to avoid eating together with family and friends this Holy Week. EOC deputy chief implementer, Councilor Joel Garganera, said that mealtimes are one of the most common causes of transmission of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) because people are at […] The post EOC to public: Eat separately, travel safely this Holy Week appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 31st, 2021