Other songs to sing while washing hands to prevent coronavirus
Aileen Cerrudo • March 9, 2020 • 673
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends washing hands properly for at least 20 seconds while singing “Happy Birthday” twice.
But what if Happy Birthday is not your jam?
Maintaining proper hygiene is crucial especially in preventing the further spread of the feared coronavirus. Singing your favorite song would be a good alternative to properly check that you are washing your hands properly.
There is no harm in adding a little spice of music to hygiene.
Welcome to the Black Parade by My Chemical Romance
Cue in ’emo’ piano intro.
Singing the lyrics of Welcome to the Black Parade, from “When I was, a young boy” to “the beaten and the damned” is already 20 seconds. And as an added challenge, try your best not to finish the whole song.
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) reports that the total number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases is now at 283,460 as of 4:00 p.m. Saturday, September 19, 2020.
This, after 3,962 newly-confirmed cases were added to the list.
The DOH likewise announced 1,128 recoveries, bringing the total number of recoveries to 209,885.
The health department’s latest bulletin showed that of the 3,962 reported cases today, 3,286 (83%) occurred within the recent 14 days (September 6 – September 19, 2020).
The top regions with cases in the recent two weeks were the NCR with 1,199 (36%), Region 4A with 780 (24%) and Region 3 with 446 (14%).
Of the 100 deaths, 66 occurred in September (66%), 16 in August (16%) 7 in July (7%) 4 in June (4%) and 7 in April (7%).
Twenty-seven (27) duplicates were removed from the total case count. Of these, 15 were recovered cases, the report added. Another patient who recovered was verified to be a foreign national and was also removed from the total case count.
On the other hand, 17 cases which were previously tagged as recovered were reclassified as deaths after final validation.
The department further reported that 10 laboratories were not able to submit their data to the COVID-19 Data Repository System (CDRS) on September 18, 2020. These laboratories are:
Daniel O. Mercado Medical Center
Dr. Jorge P. Royeca Hospital
Kaiser Medical Center Inc.
Lanao del Norte Covid-19 Testing Laboratory
Las Piñas General Hospital and Satellite Trauma Center (GX)
Las Piñas General Hospital and Satellite Trauma Center (RT-PCR)
Research Institute for Tropical Medicine
Safeguard DNA Diagnostics
Taguig City Molecular Laboratory
Valenzuela Hope Molecular Laboratory
The DOH said the numbers they receive undergo constant cleaning and validation.— /mbmf
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday (US Eastern Time) reversed its controversial coronavirus testing guidance that said people who were exposed to an infected person but weren’t showing any symptoms “do not necessarily need a test.”
The new guidance says that people who have been in close contact with an infected person and do not have symptoms “need a test.”
“Due to the significance of asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission, this guidance further reinforces the need to test asymptomatic persons, including close contacts of a person with documented SARS-CoV-2 infection,” the CDC says.
The agency defines “close contact” as being within 6 feet of a person with a confirmed COVID-19 infection for at least 15 minutes.
The CDC guidance reversal followed criticisms from public health specialists on the agency’s change in testing guidance in August that seemed to downplay the significance of testing people who don’t have symptoms but could be spreading the virus.
The new guidance also advised people who are waiting for their test results to “self-quarantine/isolate at home and stay separated from household members to the extent possible and use a separate bedroom and bathroom, if available.”
The CDC also reiterated its recommendations to follow “measures to mitigate the spread of the virus and to protect people at increased risk of severe illness: social distancing, wearing a mask when social distancing is not possible, avoiding crowds, avoiding indoor crowded spaces, and washing or sanitizing hands frequently.” —/mbmf
MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte has decided that the one-meter distance between passengers in public transport must be observed, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque announced Saturday.
“Mananatili po ang one-meter distancing sa pampublikong transportasyon,” Roque said through state-run PTV4.
He added though that talking inside public transport vehicles is still not allowed and that the minimum health protocol such as wearing of face masks and face shields shall remain.
“Sasamahan din ng pagsuot ng face mask at face shield,” he said. “Bawal ang magsalita sa mga pampublikong transportasyon.”
The Palace spokesperson said the president made the decision on Friday night amid opposing opinions of medical experts on the matter..
The Department of Transportation has allowed the public transport system in the country to implement a “reduced physical distancing” policy starting Monday, September 14.
From the previous one-meter physical distancing marker between passengers, it was reduced to .75-meter safe distance.
The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) said it approved the proposal to provide service to the increasing number of passengers brought about by the reopening of more businesses.
The proposal provide for a further reduction of physical distancing to 0.5 meters after two weeks, and to 0.3 meters after another two weeks.
A panel of doctors has expressed support for the gradual reduction of physical distancing inside public transportation vehicles.
The medical experts, which include former Department of Health Secretaries Manuel Dayrit and Esperanza Cabral, said that while the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends keeping a distance of one meter from other passengers to the extent possible, “it allows for adjustments based on context.”
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año, however, said the DOTr released the operational guidelines on reduced physical distancing in public transport without consulting health experts and the Metro Manila local government units. — /mbmf
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