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Baguio residents advised to wear warm clothes to keep off respiratory diseases

Updated: Dec 14, 2021

Baguio City, Philippines - City Health Officer Dr. Rowena Galpo advised Baguio residents and visitors to take extra protection, like wearing warm clothes to ward off respiratory diseases, including COVID-19, as the city's temperature dropped below 12 degrees Celsius.

In a report, the Baguio Public Information Office said that Galpo is asking the public to take extra care against respiratory diseases that tend to increase during the cold season, especially that the COVID-19 virus remains a threat in the city despite the decline of cases.

“We have to observe the usual precautions against respiratory diseases. Keep warm by bundling up in warm clothes, eat healthy, hydrate, and exercise to develop strong immunity and seek medical attention when having symptoms, especially the senior citizens and persons with health conditions,” Galpo said.

The Health Officer also reminded the public to keep observing the COVID-19 minimum health protocols like wearing of facemask, washing your hands, following the cough and sneeze etiquette, ensuring proper ventilation and avoiding crowds, confined spaces, and close contact conversations.

Meanwhile, City Epidemiologist Dr. Donnabel Panes said that COVID-19 remains to be the prevailing deadly respiratory illness that people should watch out for and protect themselves from.

“To protect ourselves, vaccination continues to be the best weapon,” Panes said.

Panes said the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) is keeping watch for the possible increase of common respiratory illnesses cases 'like cough and colds, pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma, and influenza-like illness, and acute respiratory tract diseases characterized by fever, headache, myalgia, prostration, coryza, sore throat, and severe cough.'

'Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Baguio said the city’s temperature began to plunge last Dec. 2 at 12C and further dipped to 11.4C on Dec. 5.'


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