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Taxi Driver Creates ‘Shield’ to Protect Himself, Passengers from Coronavirus

As the coronavirus affects many parts of the world, those exposed to many people could be more vulnerable to COVID-19 because they are more likely to get exposed to people who might have the medical condition. There have been a number of those who work as taxi or bus drivers who contracted the virus despite not having any travel history to affected areas.

Shield Against Coronavirus

In Cagayan de Oro City, southern Philippines, a taxi driver went viral for the ‘shield’ he created to create a physical but still transparent barrier between him and his passengers.

Photo credit: Marc Ken / Facebook

Marc Ken shared pictures taken from the taxi he had ridden in the city; though he was not able to ask the driver for his name.

In the pictures, the driver could be seen calmly driving inside his ‘shield’ as he feels secured that the plastic barrier will keep him safe from his passengers. Moreover, the ‘shield’ also works in reverse, since this barrier keeps his passengers safe – that is in case that he might be a carrier of the virus through exposure to other passengers.

Safety Concerns with the Shield

While this taxi driver’s ‘shield’ might make him feel safe, there were a number of safety concerns that netizens think he should take into consideration.

For example, while he created the ‘shield’ around his space, he placed a fan at the back. Some think this might still be a spot for cross-contamination; though it looks like the fan is just something he added for the comfort of the passenger at the back.

Photo credit: Marc Ken / Facebook

Others were more concerned about how he is going to receive the money or give change to his passengers. After all, the virus could be transmitted to money. Many hope that he is also doing safety precautions with that, such as using alcohol each time he completes a transaction. It is also a good idea if he will disinfect that cash as well.

Disinfecting Money

The coronavirus can be transmitted through money and other surfaces. Some people tried using the microwave to disinfect their money but ended up losing their cash when the paper caught fire. Microwaving coins is definitely a big no-no! You could burn your house down!

To disinfect money, it is better to use alcohol or cleaning sprays with disinfectant, such as a diluted bleach.

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Dad Promises to Give Php10k as Reward for Daughter’s Weight Loss in 5 Months

One dad promises to give Php10k as reward for his daughter’s weight loss in 5 months – and netizens could only wish #SanaAll! LOL

Dad Offers Php10k Reward for Weight Loss

Everyone knows how hard it is to lose weight. That’s why many people put “weight loss” as part of their long list of New Year’s resolutions but do this every year because they just can’t lose weight.

Year after year, people try to lose weight but end up gaining more as they just can’t let go of the delicious high-calorie food they love to it. Plus, doing exercises can be so tiresome. But many would say that you can overcome all that with proper motivation. And what’s a better motivation for a young girl than money, huh?

Photo credit: Jeric Paulo De Jesus / Facebook

Dad Jeric Paulo De Jesus feels a bit apprehensive about the weight of his daughter, Jelaine Paola De Jesus. So, he decided to give her the best motivation to lose weight – a whopping prize of Php10k! Wow.

See you in 5 months baboom 🤣🤣🤣. Mapapasayo kaya ang 10k?? Abangan!!!!” this dad encouraged his daughter, sharing her photo and the ‘contract’ they made.

Photo credit: Jeric Paulo De Jesus / Facebook

Nasa 69kg na siya, magdadalaga na kaya ko inalok yong challenge. Pabata nang pabata na rin kasi ang inaatake sa puso eh kaya pinagdiet ko na rin,” Jeric explained.

To make the deal official, they drew up a ‘contract’ that came with a witness to the deal, mommy Annalaine De Jesus.

In the contract, the young girl’s starting weight is at 69kg. The weight goal is 50kg for a duration of 5 months.

Photo credit: Jeric Paulo De Jesus / Facebook

A lot of netizens are unsure whether the young girl can reach the target weight in such a short amount of time without starving herself, but many are also cheering her on!

Ideal Weight

A person’s ideal weight is based on gender and height. For example, a person with a height of 5’0” has an ideal weight of 48.1kg if male and 45.3kg if female. Someone who’s 5’2” has an ideal weight of 53.5kg if male and 49.9kg if female.

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Sick Kid, Mom Ride MRT to Seek Help After Hospitals Kept on Turning Them Away

A sick kid and his mom took a ride on an MRT to seek help after hospitals kept turning them away. Someone taking a ride on the same train shared their story in hopes that someone could help them because the kid really looks so pitiful.

Hospitals Keep Turning Sick Kid Away

It is not easy being sick because you don’t really know whether you might get well or not. But what is really sad is that there are times when the sick person is not even provided with treatment just because the family can’t afford to pay the hospital at all!

Manilyn Palad was on her daily commute when she noticed a mother cradling an obviously sick and weak kid on the MRT. She and the other passengers took pity on the kid and asked his mom what’s happening.

So, the mom showed them her son’s body, saying that he’s been having trouble eating and that some of his internal parts from the digestive system are out of his body. The two had come all the way from Parañaque, walking in some areas as they tried to find a hospital to accept the kid but they kept on getting rejected because they did not have money.

Photo credit: Manilyn Palad / Facebook

According to Manilyn, the two were headed to the Pasig City General Hospital in hopes that the boy will receive treatment there.

Many netizens took pity on the kid and his mother. Donations and any help you wish to provide should be coursed through this number: 09262872534 owned by Rosemarie, the kid’s mother.

Some netizens slammed Manilyn for not helping out, saying that she’s just doing this for likes. However, others defended her and pointed out that Manilyn probably didn’t have the means to help the two financially but her post would have helped them reach more people who might actually be able to help.

Hospital Down Payment Law in the Philippines

Under Republic Act No. 10932, also known as the Anti-Hospital Deposit Law, it is unlawful for any hospital or medical clinic to require or demand deposit or any other form of advance payment before providing basic emergency care or medical treatment. The same thing also applies for confinement.

Under the law, “any official, medical practitioner or employee of the hospital or medical clinic who violates the provisions of this Act shall be punished by imprisonment of not less than six (6) months and one (1) day but not more than two (2) years and four (4) months, or a fine of not less than Php100,000.00 but not more than Php300,000.00 or both.”

What’s sad, however, is that most hospitals still require down payment and most patients don’t really have a choice but to comply.

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Woman Looks Down on Breastfeeding Moms, Says They Can’t Afford ‘Real’ Milk

A woman looks down on breastfeeding moms and says that they are can’t afford to buy ‘real’ milk. This earned her netizens’ anger as they pointed out that breastmilk is even called liquid gold and is the most nutritious milk a baby could ever have!

Woman Mistakenly Thinks Breastmilk is for Poor People

In a post that has gone viral on Facebook, an unnamed woman who appears to have ‘Limbak’ as family name tries to lecture another woman for breastfeeding her child.

Writing in the Cebuano language, this Limbak woman slammed someone she calls “Ma’am” for ‘only breastfeeding’ her baby. She adds that she takes pity on the woman for not being able to afford ‘real’ milk. She said that she feels sad that the baby can’t experience drinking milk, insinuating that breastmilk is not real milk.

This woman also angrily told off the “Ma’am” for choosing to give birth to a child when she can’t even afford to provide the baby with real milk. She further claims that breastmilk can cause health problems like stomachache. Moreover, she thinks that breastmilk does not taste good.

The woman ends her tirade with a deprecating note to breastfeeding moms, saying that she really takes pity on babies who are only breastfed because their moms can’t afford to buy milk.

Photo credit: Netizen Express

Screenshots of the post went viral, with many netizens laughing at this Limbak woman and lecturing her about the benefits of breastmilk. Many turned the tables on the woman, saying that they pity her for not knowing that breastmilk is the best milk any baby could ever have.

Photo credit: Netizen Express

Benefits of Breastmilk

Although the woman belittles breastmilk and thinks that it is only for poor people who can’t afford to buy real milk, the reality is that breastmilk has a perfect formula that even the most expensive milks can’t copy.

Providing the ideal nutrition for infants, it is made of a mix of vitamins, protein, and fat. Scientists have also discovered that the actual composition of the breastmilk produced by the mom changes, depending on the baby’s needs.

Breast milk even contains antibodies that help the baby fight off viruses and bacteria.

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