OCTA supports mandatory face shield policy

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 25) — The OCTA research group said on Thursday that it supports the decision of the government to retain the use of face shields indoors and outdoors.

During a briefing, Dr. Guido David said they trust the study made by medical experts who made recommendations to President Rodrigo Duterte on the use of face shields.

“We took it at face value na iyong ginawa nilang pag-aaral ay may basis and sinu-support namin iyong desisyon ng Pangulo na ipatupad muna iyong pagsusuot ng face shield sa ngayon,” he explained.

[Translation: We took it at face value that the study they made had basis and we support the decision of the President to keep for now the use of face shields.]

After a series of contradicting statements and calls to lift such policy, Duterte said on Monday that the public must continue to wear face shields outdoors and indoors for now. During his weekly address, he recognized the inconvenience of wearing such, but he also emphasized that it was a “small price to pay” to keep the public safe from the coronavirus.

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Medical experts have been also emphasizing that practicing all health protocols – use of face masks and face shields, and social distancing – give the best protection aside from getting vaccinated.

Following the confusion as the government flip-flopped on its face shield policy, Senate President Vicente Sotto III filed a resolution on Wednesday seeking an investigation into the efficacy of face shields.

To date, the country’s COVID-19 cases have reached 1,378,260, with 51,410 currently ill patients.