MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – This article has nothing to do with WHO — the World Health Organization, but rather with the question “Who?”
Yes, we’re asking a question: whether Filipino gossip mongers (called tsismosos and tsismosas in the local language) are more prone to Covid-19.
Well, according to some analysis of how Japan dealt with the coronavirus, it is said that Japanese speakers emit fewer virus-laden droplets when talking, compared to other languages.
It is a well-known fact that Filipino gossip mongers like to whisper into your face, or amplify their gossip and laughter like a loud speaker — both of which could emit large volumes of droplets that may contain the dreaded coronavirus. Even face masks are rendered ineffective in blocking the contamination.
Taking his cue from the Japanese experience, Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque advised Filipinos and Filipinas to refrain from gossiping during this period of community quarantine when most home-bound people are more likely to talk about their next-door neighbors.
Avoid coronavirus infection. Refrain from gossip. You’ll contribute greatly to stopping the virus’ second wave!