In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing—working from home, canceling mass gatherings, and keeping a distance of six feet from others—is a highly-encouraged precautionary measure from the World Health Organization (WHO).
On March 12, actress Bela Padilla took to Twitter to explain why she is refusing to take photos with people "for the time being." She recounted: "I was shocked yesterday while at the grocery with my mom, a lady who seemed very kind approached [us] and took her mask off and wanted my mom to take her photo with me. I understand the excitement but safety first [heart emoji]."
Bela continued: "Yesterday was the last time I'd blindly say yes to everybody, for now. I'm sorry, but I need to keep the people around me safe too. This pandemic is real. Sadly, the only way we can live our lives as normally as possible is to be extra cautious when we can."
In the Philippines, there are now 52 confirmed COVID-19 cases. On March 12, President Rodrigo Duterte declared a "community quarantine" for Metro Manila, which will take place from March 15 to April 14, 2020.
Below are some steps you can take to protect yourself—and the people around you—from the virus:
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