Kapuso star Dingdong Dantes took to social media to remind the public to do their part as responsible citizens while they wait for the vaccine rollout.
The actor made the reminder since COVID-19 cases are at an “all-time high” these past days, he said.
He then shared that wearing masks and face shields, when worn properly and at the same time, will give more than 90-percent protection.
“Experts say that wearing a medical grade face mask gives you up to around 85 percent protection (cloth masks – around 67 percent), and a face shield definitely adds another layer of defense,” he said.
According to the Department of Health (DOH), wearing masks reduces the chance of transmission by 96 percent for N95 masks and 67 percent for non-N95 masks. They added that the complementary use of face shields with face masks can further reduce transmission rate.
In Dingdong’s photo, he even wore his motorcycle helmet as a face shield to prove a point. “Siguro naman medyo mas safe na kapag idagdag ko pa itong shield ng helmet na pang motor,” he joked.
On a more serious note, the father of two said that everyone has to double their efforts in mitigating the pandemic. While waiting for the vaccine rollout, he reminded everyone not to be complacent about their well-being.
“Pero siyempre, clearer short and long-term plans from our leaders will definitely help us all get through this in the quickest possible time,” he noted.
Currently, President Rodrigo Duterte said that the country has yet to receive the COVID-19 vaccines it purchased. He admitted that only donated pandemic shots from the World Health Organization (WHO) and China have been delivered.
Meanwhile, as of March 23, 98 percent of the available vaccines or 1,105,500 out of 1,125,600 have been distributed in vaccination sites nationwide for the inoculation of priority groups, namely, frontline health workers, senior citizens, indigent population and uniformed personnel.
On March 26, the country recorded its highest COVID-19 cases with 9,838 new infections, bringing the total active cases in the Philippines to 109,018.