Safety starts at home. Maintaining a clean and healthy environment at home is important to safeguard yourself and your family from any illnesses.
Here are seven tips to keep your family safe at home:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 members 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.
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.
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:
|DOH COVID-19 hotline||(02) 894-COVID
|Free Calls for PLDT, Smart, Sun and TNT subscribers||COVID-19 Hotline: 1555
National Emergency Response Center: 911
Citizen Complaint Hotline: 8888
|NDRRMC Trunk Lines:||8911-5061 to 65 local 100|
|Philippine Red Cross||Hotline: 143
Emergency Response Unit: (02) 8790-2300 local 604
|Metro Manila Emergency Hotlines||Caloocan: 53106972
Las Pinas: 85527694/87767268
Makati: 168/ 82365790
Quezon City: 122/89284396
San Juan: 72384333
|Joint Task Force – NCR||09451491764|
|Rizal Emergency Hotline||86202487 / 85714375|
|Bulacan Emergency Hotlines||Bulacan: (044) 7910566 / (044) 7607049
Malolos: (044) 7910630
Meycauayan: (044) 2581030
San Jose del Monte: (044) 9137243
|Cavite Emergency Hotlines||Bacoor: 161 / (046) 4170727
Cavite: (046) 4310752
Dasmariñas: (046) 6863339 / (046) 8510995
Imus: (046) 4710629
Gen. Trias: (046) 4378184
Tagaytay: (046) 4830446
Trece Martires: (046) 4190353
|Laguna Emergency Hotlines||Biñan: 75300015
San Pablo: 75628116
San Pedro: 88082020
Sta. Rosa: 75300015