Deciding to Stay Healthy and Safe: How Not to Fall Into the Trap of a GCQ Mentality

May 23, 2022

Deciding To Stay Healthy And Safe How Not To Fall Into The Trap Of A Gcq Mentality Min

With Metro Manila now operating under relaxed community quarantine measures (General Community Quarantine or GCQ) and other regions under MGCQ (modified GCQ), it’s fair to say that Filipinos can somehow breathe with ease.

Select industries can now operate at full capacity; people can now go outside without the need to show quarantine passes; limited modes for public transportation are now available. [1]

It is only natural for individuals to want to relax and celebrate to some extent after being sheltered in their homes and barred from gathering in some venues for several months. However, during times like this, they need to be mindful that their health and the health of their loved ones are still at stake.

In spite of these seemingly relaxed measures, there are things that are still prohibited like mass gatherings and leisure travel. Physical distancing and wearing of protective gear such as face masks (and face shields) are required; bringing of personal alcohol and frequent washing of hands are still encouraged by the health sector. [2]

All because of one thing: The virus is still out there.

And for all of us, in spite of the temporary relaxed measures we are experiencing right now, it is our responsibility to continue being careful and follow the safety guidelines provided by the Department of Health and/or the World Health Organization. Let’s not forget that we have yet to win this battle!

Make handwashing a routine

It’s always best to wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If, by chance, you do not have access to soap, the WHO suggests the following alternatives: Coffee grounds, ash, salt, sand, coconut husk, bark, leaves, and/or berries.

The best way to wash hands is to rub them together for at least 20 seconds and make sure to rinse and dry using a clean cloth. [3]

Dispose personal protective equipment (PPE) properly

For those who are going out to buy essentials, always wear a facemask and Faceshield (just to be sure). Make sure to wash your hands before and after using them and dispose them accordingly to proper disposal bags. Strictly no repeating of PPEs! [3] For reusable PPEs such as reusable face masks, make it a habit to wash them thoroughly, preferably using a detergent with bleach, after every use.

Disinfect at home

Always keep your home clean and germ-free. To make sure of that, use a bleach solution whenever you are cleaning. Clean surfaces first with detergent and water before disinfecting with bleach solution. The ratio of bleach to water should always be 1:10. [3]

Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol

In spite of the end of liquor ban, it is still better to remain sober and continue to stop smoking. These habits do more harm than good in your body. [2]

Maintain emotional connection with friends and family

For those who are in isolation (or living alone), always remember that your loved ones are just a call away either through the internet or your smartphones. [2]

Keep a healthy routine everyday

This involves the following: 15 minutes of exercise everyday, at least 7-8 hours of sleep, eating nutritious foods, and drinking at least 1.5 liters of water. Doing these simple things help strengthen one’s resistance. [2]

Always remember that the Coronavirus pandemic is far from over, so make sure that keeping the virus away starts from you.

To make sure your immune system is well taken care of, make Pharex B-Complex and Pharex E a part of your daily routine. Vitamin B-Complex and Vitamin E are clinically proven to help boost one’s immune system.

Make sure to consult your doctor first before taking any supplements!