DOST panel welcomes Duterte statement making face shields mandatory again – Manila bulletin

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and its Expert Panel on Vaccines (VEP) welcomed on Monday, June 21 President Duterte’s decision to make the wearing of face shields mandatory again, both indoors and outside.


DOST Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. de la Peña and VEP President Dr Nina Gloriani thanked the Director General for listening to the country’s health experts who strongly recommended that the continuation of the program be maintained. use of face shields.

“I think it’s better at this point. Our medical experts also gave us that advice, ”de la Peña said in a Viber message to the Manila Bulletin after presidential spokesman Harry Roque announced that the president said wearing face shields at the both inside and outside, “is always mandatory.

The decision was made on the advice of health experts and as a precaution against the highly transmissible Delta variant of coronavirus disease (COVID), which was first detected in India.

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Gloriani, who has strongly opposed the lifting of the face mask policy, sighed in relief.

“This is what we want as medical experts for mainly two reasons: our vaccination coverage is still very low, at around 5%, and the variants are here to cope,” she said in a statement. Viber message to the Manila Bulletin.

“The face shield adds to the protection, especially for the eyes. With the mask alone, we can get 90% protection, but with the face shield, it goes up to over 95% to even 99% protection, plus distance and short exposures in confined spaces ”, she explained.

She urged the public to continue to practice minimum public health precautions, especially now that the Department of Health (DOH) has reported four additional new cases of the Delta variant, bringing the total to 17 cases.

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De la Peña said over the weekend that DOST still recommends the continued use of face shields in public spaces to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

DOST sits as a member of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

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