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No visitors, wear face mask always: Abby Binay shares do’s and don’ts for home quarantine

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The local government of Makati has launched a home care program for residents with mild COVID-19 symptoms, Mayor Abby Binay said.

In her May 3 column for Pilipino Star Ngayon, Binay said COVID-19 patients will be allowed to isolate at home provided that they will have their own room, bathroom and not living with a relative who is part of vulnerable groups such as pregnant women or senior citizens.

A resident who chooses to isolate at home also needs a caregiver, who should always wear a mask and observe physical distancing.

Binay reminded the public that no visitor—even a relative—should be allowed in the room where the patient is staying for the duration of the quarantine.

“Bibigyan namin ang bawat pasyenteng sasailalim sa programa ng home care package na naglalaman ng COVID-19 Home Care Handbook, medical kits, monitoring sheets, at maintenance medicines para sa iba pa nilang karamdaman. Laman ng medical kit ang Vitamin C with Zinc, pulse oximeter, thermometer, Betadine oral spray, face mask at hand sanitizer/alcohol,” the mayor said.

Based on guidelines by the Department of Health, Binay said the isolation of a COVID-19 patient with mild symptoms should last for 10 days from the time he or she felt ill.

“Dapat ay matiyak ng doktor na clinically recovered na ang pasyente sa loob ng tatlong araw. Para naman sa mga na-expose sa taong may COVID-19, ang quarantine ay tumatagal ng 14 araw na nagsisimula sa unang araw ng exposure,” she said.