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Is wearing gloves in public beneficial in the fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic? 

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, surgical or medical gloves “are used to protect the wearer and/or the patient from the spread of infection or illness during medical procedures and examinations.” In addition, a video published by the CBC News: The National (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) mentions that these gloves are not designed for prolonged or daily use.

FALSE: Manila Will Be Reverted Back To ECQ (Enhance Community Quarantine) 

The call comes from Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Sec. Eduardo Año amidst speculations and false news circulating online. Around June 12, several posts began circulating around social media, claiming that the Philippines is “back to square one [sic],” and that the government will be reverting to ECQ (Enhance Community Quarantine), according to the IATF Resolution No. 35.

Ayala Corporation partners with SDSN Youth 

SDSN Youth is proud to announce its partnership with Ayala Corporation with a PHP200,000 sponsorship from Ayala Corporation. Through this partnership, SDSN Youth and Ayala Corporation will strengthen their ongoing endeavors to combat COVID19 and the infodemic surrounding it. SDSN Youth has been working on sharing verified information only to keep the public informed, updated and vigilant on COVID19. This partnership is a promising gesture as both institutions pursue similar goals of achieving sustainability on different levels of society amidst these turbulent times.

Help counter COVID-19 info crisis with United Nations’ ‘Verified’ campaign 

As countries across the globe are trying to cope with the challenges brought by the current pandemic, their citizens are also taking an active role in fighting it by sharing various information that concern COVID-19. Information helps in decision making especially in difficult times so vigilance is important when choosing what information to share and consume. The digital space is filled with myths and misinformation that can tremendously affect how we respond in this health crisis.

Different Levels of Community Quarantine: What’s Allowed and What’s Not 

The unexpected emergence of COVID-19 pandemic changed life dramatically within a short period of time. We are living in hard times right now; facing difficult challenges and struggles every day caused by the imposed lockdown. While cooperating properly with the government is the best way to combat the virus, following orders become difficult when we don’t know what’s allowed and what’s not under the different levels of community quarantine. Therefore, understanding the difference between Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), General Community Quarantine (GCQ), and Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) is necessary in fighting COVID-19.

EXPLAINER: What you need to know about Mass Testing 

Coronavirus, Social Distancing, and Mass Testing - all these concepts are new to the ears of many, and may have different interpretations for non-medical individuals if not defined. And recently, many Filipino social media users were clamoring online for #MassTesting. But the overwhelming and even conflicting definition of this term published on news and on the internet left the public scratching their heads and in need of clarification. In shedding light to this topic, it is first important to know what “Testing” means and why do we really need it to curb the impacts of Coronavirus.

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