Just recently, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration announced that the country’s climate is transitioning to northeast monsoon, or ‘amihan’. Thus, cold weather may be expected in the coming days. In line with this, the Department of Health cautions the public against common illnesses related to temperature change.
“With the coming Christmas season ginapaabot naton nga mag-change ang weather. Those who have compromised immune system –especially ang mga kabataan kag senior citizen – are prone to pneumonia, influenza and they should complete their immunization kag aton nga mga tigulang they should receive flu vaccine or pneumonia vaccine para maproteksyonan sila,” states Dr. Marilyn Convocar, Department of Health Region VI Director.
According to Convocar, there may be a possible uprise of fever and other ailments as cold weather triggers respiratory problems. Children may become susceptible to cough, colds, and fever. Moreover, Convocar stresses that those with existing fever, cold, and cough are advised to seek medical help and avoid crowded places.
“Indi naton i-compromise if we belong to this age group so we should wear protective clothing kung matugnaw. We should not be exposed to the heat of the sun from 10 to 2 o’clock kay amo na ang mainit sa gihapon bisan matugnaw sa aga,” adds Convocar.
The Department of Health advises to avoid sudden exposure to cold, avoid cold drinks, avoid close contact with infected persons, wash hands, stay hydrated, avoid exposure to dust and pollen, avoid staying in a poorly ventilated room.