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!
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) –It’s been over 40 days since the government put in place an Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) throughout the entire island of Luzon.
You’ve scrubbed all your pots and pans, your toilet is squeaky clean, your closet has been organized in a way it has never been before in your entire life. So what is left to do to while away the remaining hours and days of your home confinement?
In the interest of public service, The Adobo Chronicles is sharing this to-do list put together by our home and social experts to keep you from losing your otherwise elite composure, or your sanity during this period of ECQ:
- Remember your collection of torn denim pants? They’ll probably go out of fashion when this Covid-19 crisis is over. Patch them all up. It’ll lessen entry points for the virus.
- While you’re at it, sew up all the holes in your pairs of socks.
- Time to clean up the molds on your collection of shoes!
- You may have missed cleaning the Last Supper painting and giant spoon and fork woodcarving hanging on your wall. Dust them up!
- You’ve been receiving tons of Facebook friend request lately, haven’t you? Accept them all — common friend or no common friend — then go back and unfriend them one by one. Then repeat.
- It’s time to delete all those embarrassing photos of yourself that you have posted on your Facebook page.
- Now is a good time to check the expiry dates of the cans and cans of sardines, pork and beans, and soups in your cupboard. And don’t forget the cartons of orange juice and milk in your fridge!
- Haven’t you had enough collection of empty cardboard and styrofoam boxes you saved from your takeout meals? You know what to do. And don’t forget your collection of used plastic spoons and forks.
- You’ve had the plastic covering on your couch and dining chairs long enough. Discard them! They may be harboring unwanted viruses and bacteria!
- How many jars of spare coins do you have sitting on top of your credenza? Roll them up by denomination and give them to the homeless. They especially need them in this time of crisis.
- When was the last time you gave your Shih Tzu a bath?
Do you have other suggested activities? Let us know in the comments section. We’re in this together. We heal as one!
QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – In a post on her Facebook page, Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo called on Filipino “industrial designers, fashion designers, Architects, engineers etc. to come up with alternative designs for PPEs with readily available materials which can be produced and sourced locally.”
”Of course, the requirement is it would still offer the same amount of protection.” she added.
Robredo made the call in the midst of what she described as the short supply of protective gear that would shield Filipinos from the threat of COVID-19.
Within just a just a few hours after her post, the Office of the Vice President received dozens of samples of locally-designed face masks made of rattan, bamboo, capiz shells, narra wood and coconut husks.
The OVP said Robredo was very impressed with the ingenuity of the designers who responded to her appeal.