Health and Lifestyle

EO on face mask not tied to alert level system: DOH

MANILA – The executive order allowing the voluntary wearing of face masks outdoors is not tied to the alert level system for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), a health official said Tuesday.“That’s something to be clear. Kahit na mayroon tayong Alert Level 2 na mga areas ngayon... Read More

Covid-19 vax for kids aged 4, below still under study: DOH

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) is still studying the vaccination of children four years old and below against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).In a media forum on Tuesday, DOH officer-in-charge Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said such vaccination would need to go through... Read More

Selling of internal organs dangerous, illegal: DOH

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday reminded the public that selling of kidneys and other internal organs is dangerous and illegal.This came after "kidney for iPhone" memes trended on social media together with posts about online selling of internal organs.“Gusto ko lang... Read More

PH daily Covid-19 cases dip by 10% from Sept. 5-11

MANILA – The daily average of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases went down by 10 percent for the period Sept. 5 to 11, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.From 2,449 per day recorded from Aug. 29 to Sept. 4, the number decreased to 2,197 daily in the recent week.The latest... Read More

Masks also protect us from other contagious diseases, says expert

MANILA – The wearing of face mask is protection against other communicable diseases and not just coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), a health expert said Monday.In a televised public briefing, Philippine Foundation for Vaccination Executive Director Dr. Lulu Bravo echoed the advice of... Read More

Rizal positivity rate now 17.4% as of Sept. 10: OCTA

MANILA – The positivity rate or the number of people testing positive for Covid-19 in Rizal province increased to 17.4 percent as of Sept. 10 but its average daily attack rate remained low at 3.73, the OCTA Research Group said on Monday.Over Twitter, OCTA Research Group fellow Dr. Guido David... Read More

PH detects 425 new cases of Omicron BA.5 subvariant

MANILA – The country has detected 425 more cases of the Omicron BA.5 subvariant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Department of Health (DOH) reported Friday.In a presentation, the DOH said five of the total cases are from Central Luzon, 214 from Western Visayas, seven from... Read More

Amount of add'l taxes on sweet drinks, junk food under study: DOH

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) is still studying the amount of additional taxes to be levied on sweetened beverages and junk food.“Ito po ‘yung pinag-aaralan pa rin natin sa ngayon, magkano ‘yung kailangan pa natin dahil alam natin nakakakuha na tayo ng sin taxes... Read More

HK’s 1st monkeypox case traveler from PH but not Filipino: DOH

MANILA – Hong Kong’s first case of monkeypox is a traveler from the Philippines but not a Filipino, a health official said Friday.In a media briefing, Department of Health (DOH) officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said other details about the case cannot be disclosed as they still... Read More

DOH in talks with manufacturers of new generation Covid-19 jabs

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) is in talks with the manufacturers of new generation vaccines against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), a health official said Friday.In a media briefing, DOH Officer in-Charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said the new Covid-19 jabs, which are... Read More

NCR Covid-19 positivity rate rises to 12.7%: OCTA

MANILA – The positivity rate, the number of people testing for Covid-19, in the National Capital Region (NCR) increased to 12.7 percent as of Sept. 7, the OCTA Research Group said Thursday.In a televised public briefing, OCTA Research Group fellow Dr. Butch Ong noted that the figure is a 0.6... Read More

Optional mask wearing may not affect Covid-19 cases quickly: OCTA

MANILA – The optional wearing of face masks outdoors may not affect the number of corona virus disease (2019) infections if it becomes a policy, the OCTA Research Group said Thursday.This, after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID)... Read More

Continue wearing face masks: DOH

MANILA – The Department of Health is urging the public to continue wearing face masks, whether these are required or not, as it is still the best way to protect oneself against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).In a Viber message to reporters, DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire... Read More

Optional wearing of face masks outdoors thumbed down

MANILA – An infectious disease expert on Tuesday said the optional wearing of face masks in public open spaces is not advisable at this time.Dr. Rontgene Solante was reacting to the dry run of voluntary wearing of face mask in Cebu City which already started and expected to end in... Read More

College students less likely to get severe Covid-19: expert

MANILA – The age group to which higher education students belong is not classified as high risk or vulnerable to Covid-19, an infectious disease expert said Tuesday.In a televised public briefing, Dr. Rontgene Solante explained the Department of Health's support to the policy of the Higher... Read More

NCR Covid-19 positivity rate slightly dips to 12.1%: OCTA

MANILA – The positivity rate, the number of people testing for Covid-19, in the National Capital Region (NCR) has slightly decreased to 12.1 percent as of Sept. 3, the OCTA Research Group said Tuesday.In a tweet, OCTA Research Group fellow Dr. Guido David noted that the figure is a 0.8 percent... Read More

PH daily average of Covid-19 cases down 10%

MANILA – The daily average of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases went down by 10 percent for the period Aug. 29 to Sept. 4, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.From 2,752 per day recorded from Aug. 22 to 28, the number decreased to 2,449 daily in the recent week.The latest... Read More

PH capable of Legionnaire’s disease surveillance, testing: DOH

MANILA – The Philippines has the capacity to monitor Legionnaires' disease, the cause of pneumonia outbreak in Argentina, a health official said Monday.“We are capable of testing for this specific disease na kanila pong sinususpetiya, ‘yung (which they are suspecting, the)... Read More

DOH to hold special vaccination week on Sept. 26 - 30

MANILA – A special vaccination week will be held simultaneously in all regions nationwide on September 26 to 30 to increase the country’s immunity level against Covid-19.In a media briefing on Monday, Department of Health (DOH) officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said the national... Read More

Leptospirosis cases up 15% from Jan. 1-Aug. 20

MANILA – The Philippines has logged 1,467 leptospirosis cases for the first eight months this year, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Monday.In a Viber message to reporters, the DOH said data from Jan. 1 to Aug. 20 translates to a 15 percent increase from 1,278 cases in the same period... Read More