Our Frontliners Need Help and This Is Where the Call for "Voluntary ECQ" Comes In

The call for a #VoluntaryECQ comes from Dr. Tony Leachon.

(SPOT.ph) Medical frontliners released a "distress call" on August 1—which led to the national government to reimpose a modified ECQ in Metro Manila starting August 4. But before the decision was finalized by authorities, ordinary citizens were already spreading a message for #VoluntaryECQ online in a bid to help keep COVID-19 infections at bay.

The short and clear measures outlined in the accompanying infographic called for folks to behave as if we were back under an ECQ and was written by Dr. Tony Leachon, a former adviser to the COVID-19 Task Force. Leachon credited "Creative Cookie" for the design. 

"Let's heed the plea of our healthcare workers!" states the graphic, adding that "We don't need the government to put us on ECQ." The nine measures to follow are listed below:

  • No going to church or places of worship
  • No going to gyms and recreational facilities
  • No going to salons and barber shops
  • No eating inside restaurants
  • No to non-essential travel
  • Yes to online transactions
  • Yes to working [at] home whenever possible
  • Yes to strictly observing protocols
  • Yes to unity and prayer
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The infographic made the rounds online, particularly on Twitter where several personalities reposted it. 

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"Even if the [government] won’t help the #frontliners, you can," wrote rock musician Raymund Marasigan. Gretchen Ho, meanwhile, commented on how ordinary citizens now have to rely on themselves to heed the frontliners' call.

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The Philippine General Hospital Medical Foundation posted this picture on August 2, a day after the health care workers released their letter to the President. As taken by a Dr. Jay Almora, the picture shows two exhausted medical fronliners resting on the floor, still wearing their full protective equipment as part of the safety protocol. 

As stated in the first letter of the Philippine College of Physicians, "The first line of defense is the public, so people need to be reminded that we need to use masks and face shields, wash hands and practice social and physical distancing—now more than ever."

This call to action aims to lessen the burden in hospitals and decrease the viral transmission. As Leachon pointed out earlier, preventive measures are just as important as "curative" ones—and of course the less chances for infection, the better.

Main image byJerome Ascano; for illustrative purposes only.

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