The novel coronavirus or COVID-19 was officially declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11. As described by Time, a pandemic refers to the "spread of the disease" and not the "severity of the illness it causes." In short, this means there is no need to panic, BUT we do have to take every necessary precaution so as not to risk ourselves and the people we encounter to the disease.
One precautionary measure that's being advised to the public by the WHO is to observe social distancing. The term itself means to limit our physical distance to other people. According to the New York Times, forms of social distancing include working from home, the cancelation of mass and public gatherings, and keeping a distance of six feet from others.
A local celebrity who's been vocal about educating his followers about social distancing is Vice Ganda. On March 11, the It's Showtime host tweeted that he will not be taking selfies with his fans in the meantime to observe social distancing. He appealed to his fans to understand his decision in light of the COVID-19 outbreak and wrote, "Pasensya na po talaga sa mga 'di ko napagbibigyan ng selfie. Sana po talaga ay maunawaan ng lahat ang Social Distancing para sa ngayon."
In his next tweet, he even gave more social distancing tips for his fans to follow, "Social Distancing – 'Wag muna tayong magdikit dikit please. Wala munang yakapan, besohan, at magpiktyuran. Pasenya na. Paraan 'yan para makaiwas tayo pare pareho sa COVID-19."
On March 10, it was announced that ABS-CBN will not be allowing live audiences in their studios to limit the risk of spreading the COVID-19 disease. One of the shows affected is Vice's noontime show It's Showtime.
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