Dr. Michelle Schlosser, spokesperson of Davao City Covid-19 Task Force, dismissed online post saying there is a rising number of Covid-19 cases among minors at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC).
However, she said infection is possible if parents continue to bring or allow their kids outside their homes.
A barrage of social media posts warning parents to keep their children inside their homes because of the alleged spike of infection among pediatrics at SPMC forced the TF to make a clarification.
“As of the moment wala pa ta’y datus ana but it can happen. It can happen na puwede ma-infect ang mga bata kung magpadayon ang pagka lenient sa mga parents labi na sa mga minors na 11 years old pababa,” Schlosser said on Wednesday.
She said even though there is no record that the cases among children have increased, however, there are significant numbers of Covid-19 cases among the children.
Schlosser called on parents especially those who have children 11 years old and below to keep their children at home if the purpose of going out is not essential.
“Maskin pa naka-achieve nata ug herd immunity, dili puwede labi na ang 11-years-old pababa kasi again these are kids na wala’y added layer of protection. Wala sila’y bakuna. They can be very vulnerable sa pag-abot sa panahon. Katong mga parents na naa’y 11 years old pababa kung dili lang man gyud essential ang pagpagawas sa inyong mga anak, ayaw na lang sa ninyo ipagawas. Kung igawas man ninyo, i-make sure na protektado sila by following the minimum public health standards. Pero hunahunaon ninyo ang mga infants, those are kids na dili nimo matagaan ug responsibilidad na mag mask kanunay,” she added.
It can be recalled that the Davao City Covid-19 task Force was discussing a plan to provide guidelines regulating 11 years old and below from entering malls and all other areas of convergence.
It was also clarified by Schlosser that currently, the city is following the IATF guidelines on alert level 2 that include allowing kids to go out as more activities and establishments will be allowed to operate.