Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said the only way to reduce household transmission is to practice wearing face mask inside the house.
The city government of Davao noted more families are getting sick due to household transmission of Covid-19 that add up to the sources of infection in the city.
“Household transmission, this is the majority of our cases. The one in the household or the whole household will get sick. The only way to reduce the risk of staying inside the house if there is a chance to be positive in you, is if even before that happens, practice wearing a mask inside the house,” the mayor said.
Last week, Dr. Michelle Schlosser, spokesperson of Davao City Covid-19 Task Force, said based on the data of the City Health Office (CHO) majority of the city’s cases are due to household transmission. This is also the reason why the city is now mobilizing Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs), district health officers, and security cluster to intensify household lockdown.
“Karon gina-mobilize nato ang atoang mga BHERTS and security cluster and PNP to strenghten and intensfy household lockdown kasi due to surge of cases na naa ta karon, dili lang usa-usa ang na-infect sa panimalay becasue a lot of our cases karon kanang naghawaay dili lang isa ka miyembro sa pamilya ang mag-positive kundili tag-tulo or tag-upat, worst is the entire family. So mas daghan ta ug household transmission mao mas daghan ta ug household lockdown,” she said.
Schlosser also urged Dabawenyos to stop from attending social gatherings and vigils in fear of bringing home the virus and cause household transmission.
“Pero most often than not kaning mga household members man gud nato kay naa sila’y activities like social gathering sa trabaho or nagalakaw so pag uli nila ginadala gyud nila ang virus with them and they can infect their own family. Mao na ginapahunumdum sa mga katawhan na if love ninyo inyong pamilya iwasan ninyo ang mga risko na behavior such as attending social gathering, attending activities that have constant interaction pag-uli ninyo sa balay madala ninyo ang infection ug ma-spread sa buong family. Daghan cases karon tungod sa mga gatherings,” she said.
Schlosser added that the more people attend social gatherings and interact with other people, the risk is high for them to get infected.