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MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday reminded the public that wearing the best fitting face mask keeps Covid-19 cases low despite detection of new subvariants.

This, after reports said wearing of face mask outdoors is now optional in Cebu province except when a person has Covid-19 symptoms.

In a statement, the DOH indicated scientific evidence supports the use of best fitting face masks in reducing the transmission of Covid-19 and other infectious and respiratory diseases including monkeypox.

"Current IATF protocols allow only for specific instances when masks can be taken off, such as when eating or during well-ventilated sports and activities," it said.

The DOH emphasized the Covid-19 virus is still present and the pandemic is not yet over.

" Individuals can still catch the virus, most especially for our vulnerable population. Let's be responsible and do our part by wearing the B-est Fitted Mask, I-solate when sick, D-ouble-up protection through vaccination and boosters, and ensure good airflow," it added.

The agency also reminded the fully vaccinated to get their booster shots as immunity wanes over time. (PNA)