- The Philippine General Hospital denied information circulating online that patients are contracting COVID-19 from groceries
- PGH said the risk factors are travel history in areas with known local transmission and close contact with COVID-19 patients
- They also called on the public to make sure that the information they share online is legitimate and from a credible source
The Philippine General Hospital (PGH) clarified rumors circulating on social media that patients are acquiring COVID-19 from groceries.
“In response to circulating rumors on social media, the Philippine General Hospital would like to inform the general public that there is no such observed trend with our admitted COVID-19 positive patients acquiring the illness from groceries,” PGH said in a statement posted on Facebook.
They also maintained that the risk factors of the virus are travel history in areas with known local transmission and close contact with COVID-19 positive patients.
PGH also called on social media users to exercise caution when sharing information they read online. “We encourage everyone to verify posts on social media and believe only the ones shared by official channels,” they said.
The h0spital also reminded the public to stay vigilant and consistently practice social distancing; frequent hand washing; applying alcohol immediately after touching potentially contaminated items like door knobs, bills, telephones, computer keyboards, elevator buttons, ATM machines, and grocery items; and refraining from touching the face at all times.
Parts of the country have been placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in order to contain COVID-19 cases, which have reached 3,660 as of April 6.
In a public address Monday night, President Rodrigo Duterte said they are inclined to extend the Luzon-wide ECQ until April 30.
“If you really want to know, we have discussed it. Actually, even before this, we are inclined to extend the lockdown up to April 30. Tingnan natin after that,” the president said.