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Use face shields, masks as precaution against COVID-19: Duterte


President Rodrigo Duterte reaffirmed on Monday that face shields should be worn with face masks as a precaution against Covid-19, and that the public should follow his "advice" because they elected him as the country's leader.

He acknowledged that certain "sectors" believe face shields are unnecessary, but said he wanted to preserve the requirement because he cared about Filipinos' health and safety.

"Just follow my order. You voted for me after all. There are millions who like me, as they say. So ito it's a advice I'm giving you because I love you as Filipino,” he said in his pre-recorded public address.

Because it is still uncertain how Covid-19 will enter a person's body, Duterte believes it is best to have an extra layer of infection protection.

He acknowledged that wearing face shields is inconvenient, but he believes it is better to be safe than sorry.

Besides the use of face shields, he also emphasized the importance of frequent hand-washing after interacting with other people. “It is not discourteous nowadays to wash your hands in public after shaking the hands. It's not rude because that is really the measure that is needed by the times,” he said.


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