Amid the potential threat from the Omicron variant, President Rodrigo Duterte is enjoining the public to keep using their face shields on top of their face masks, even if they were no longer mandatory in areas under Alert Level 2.
“Honestly, I think, the compliance of our citizens in the matter of strictly enforcing the masks, one. And when somebody – while it might be not really a well-studied proposition but I would dare say that that shield will add another layer of protection in addition to the [masks],” he said.
He said he “firmly believed” that face shields helped lower the number of Covid-19 cases in the country.
“I really firmly believe that the wearing of that face shield has contributed a lot. I cannot quantify or by what percentage but it’s just a gut feeling, we only have a few cases now,” he added partly in Filipino.
The National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 earlier said it is eyeing the reimplementation of the mandatory face shield policy to help fight the spread of new Covid-19 variants.
On November 15, Duterte lifted the mandatory use of face shields and only making them voluntary in areas under Alert Level 1 to 3.
The face shield policy is left to the discretion of local government units (LGUs) and private establishments in areas under Alert Level 4.
Only areas under Alert Level 5 and closed, crowded, and close contact (3Cs) such as hospitals and other medical facilities, are required to use face shields.