A brave new world with no masks, smoke

Juliet L. Javellana - @inquirerdotnet 07/01/2022

Geneva, Switzerland—For those of us traveling for the first time after two years of COVID-19 lockdowns, it was comforting to find that our airline still required and enforced the wearing of face masks throughout the 15-hour flight…

Public mental health: A wish list

Anna Cristina Tuazon - @inquirerdotnet 06/23/2022

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released the World Mental Health Report, a 20-year update to its previous incarnation. Essentially, it described the worsening mental health conditions where one in eight people in the world live with…

Dengue cases up; CCHD appeals for public cooperation

Wenilyn B. Sabalo 06/06/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City Health Department (CCHD) urges the public to cooperate in anti-dengue campaigns and strategies as dengue cases in Cebu City from January 1 to June 3, 2022 almost tripled the number…

Cebu City posts lowest positivity rate since the start of the year — Garganera

Jewil Anne M. Tabiolo 03/28/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines —The Cebu City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has registered the lowest positivity rate since the start of the year. Councilor Joel Garganera, deputy chief implementer of EOC, announced that on March 28, 2022, the…

EOC data: COVID-19 transmission low in Cebu City 

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 03/07/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines—The Cebu City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) said that in the past 11 days, transmission of COVID-19 has slowed down. The EOC said the daily positivity rate has remained below five percent for the said…

Masks in class: How damaging to child development?

Inquirer.net 02/11/2022

Washington, United States — Two years into the pandemic, concerns around the effect of masks on the linguistic, emotional, and social development of children are taking center stage. In the United States, calls to lift mask mandates at…

COVID-19 cases declining in Cebu City? Too early to tell, says EOC

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 01/25/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City recorded 302 new COVID-19 cases on January 24, 2022, based on the validated report of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Councilor Joel Garganera, the deputy chief implementor of the EOC, said…

DOH, OCTA note higher COVID-19 infection rate

Jerome Aning, Tina G. Santos 12/30/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, reported that the country’s COVID-19 positivity rate jumped to 4.5 percent and the independent pandemic monitor OCTA Research group said it was even higher…

Long COVID, according to WHO

Reuters 10/09/2021

NEW YORK — The World Health Organization (WHO) this week issued a definition for “long COVID,” a term used to describe the persistent health problems that affect some survivors of COVID-19. Scientists are still working to understand…

U.S. to donate 500 million Pfizer vaccine doses to the world -sources

06/10/2021

WASHINGTON  – The Biden administration plans to donate 500 million Pfizer coronavirus vaccine doses to nearly 100 countries over the next two years, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday. The United States is…

Pandemic to be ‘far more deadly’ this year, WHO warns

Agence France Presse 05/15/2021

GENEVA, Switzerland  – The World Health Organization issued a grim warning on Friday that the second year of Covid-19 was set to be “far more deadly”, as Japan extended a state of emergency amid growing calls for…

How can we stop the next pandemic? Here’s what WHO panel recommends

Reuters 05/13/2021

GENEVA – A new global system should be set up to respond faster to disease outbreaks to help ensure no future virus causes a pandemic as devastating as COVID-19, an independent World Health Organization (WHO) review panel…

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