With the enhanced community quarantine due to the coronavirus or COVID-19, most of us are stuck at home, just waiting for the outbreak to finish. The thing is, even if we’re quarantined, we should still be careful since some of us still venture out to do the groceries or other important errands. We may also have direct contact with delivery drivers who are out the whole day. Even if we’re just at home, things can still happen.
Here are seven tips to keep yourself and your family safe during the quarantine period:
1. Wash your hands often
Wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds. Soap helps kill germs and viruses that are invisible to the eye, which simply washing with water can’t do. Always use hand sanitizer with 70% alcohol.
2. Wear a mask and don’t touch your face
If you are sick, whether it’s with COVID-19 or any other illness, wear a face mask wherever you go to stop the spread of your illness. You should also avoid touching your mouth, eyes, and nose, as it’s through those body parts that germs and viruses enter the body.
3. Sanitize your devices
As you wash and clean your hands, you should also clean your devices, especially your mobile phone. These electronics could easily accumulate germs and viruses, as we constantly touch them throughout the day. Lightly apply some antimicrobial spray or alcohol on a microfiber cloth and wipe down your screens. If your devices have covers, don’t forget to wash these covers, too.
4. Work from home
If your work, school, or daily commute is near a critical area, then it’s best to stay at home even if you’re not sick. The internet now makes it easier than ever to do work remotely and reduce the chances of contracting the virus and spreading it further. You can set up virtual meetings, transfer work files online, save your important documents through cloud storage for easy access and communication with your colleagues—and you can do it reliably with your PLDT Home Fibr.
Understanding the need for a strong and reliable internet connection now more than ever, PLDT Home has rolled out FREE speed boost for all Fibr subscribers in Metro Manila, Rizal, Bulacan, Laguna, and Cavite so that the minimum speeds will be 25 Mbps until April 30, 2020. This will help a lot of families working and studying at home to keep up with their daily tasks online.
5. Keep family members updated of your status
The good thing about the internet is that with it, we can remain safe and constantly connected. In delicate times like these, it’s best to always update your family of your status and location, as they may be able to tell you which places to avoid or anything they know, or you can share your own knowledge of the current situation. Even the simple news of telling everyone you’re fine can be very reassuring.
6. Read up and share verified information on COVID-19
The best way to keep yourself and your family protected is if you also stay up-to-date on the right information about COVID-19 via official sources online. More developments unfold by the day, with new knowledge about the virus being discovered—you can learn about them right away online from trusted official sources and share them with your loved ones and friends, so they can protect themselves, too.
PLDT Home Wifi and PLDT Home Volume-based plan subscribers now have FREE access to verified government and news websites such as the Department of Health (DOH), National Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC), and Philippine Information Agency (PIA).
7. Always stay connected and set up personal notifications
Stay tuned to official channels of information. You can follow along on TV or radio and can easily set up notifications for important social media accounts such as the Department of Health (@DOHgovph on Twitter) or news sites. You can even set up Google Alerts to monitor for updates about COVID-19 around the internet.
Keep COVID-19 hotlines and designated emergency hotlines of your area on your phone and send to your family members: