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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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The Secret to Getting Glowing Skin This Summer

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Staying at home might be the norm nowadays, but that doesn’t mean that your skincare has to take a back seat. The summer months are fully upon us, which means taking care of your skin is more important than ever.

Indeed, keeping your skincare routine up means you’ll get glowing skin throughout the season, while also practicing some self-care! Here are some top tips to getting glowing skin this summer.

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Vitamin C is key

Vitamin C serums have been growing in popularity within the skincare world, and for good reason. According to this guide on vitamin C serums posted by Women’s Health, this is a potent antioxidant that also boosts your skin’s collagen production. What’s more, this vitamin aids in protecting your skin from environmental stressors like pollution and sunlight. Since exploding into the scene a few years ago, lots of skincare brands have been creating their own vitamin C serums: Clinique’s Fresh Pressed Daily Booster has been a long-time favorite of Filipinas!

Drink your water

Viral YouTube star Mimiyuuuh has a point: it really is time to drink your water! If you’re religious about your skincare but aren’t seeing any difference, upping your water intake might be just what you need. Drinking water helps prevent dehydration while flushing out toxins, which is what will result in that enviable glow. Eight glasses is still the best practice, but making sure you take a sip every 15 to 30 minutes is enough to help you stay on track.

Choose cleansers that brighten

There’s nothing more refreshing than washing away the sweat and grime at the end of the day. As far as cleansing ingredients go, Pretty Me recommends kojic acid soap for its brightening properties, and its ability to gently exfoliate while evening out your skin tone. When coupled with other ingredients such as moisturizing coconut oil and anti-inflammatory vitamin E, kojic acid cleansers are definitely ones you’ll want to reach out for. These cleansers are even gentle enough to use both day and night; just be sure to boost your sun protection during the day to combat sensitivity issues!

Pick the best sunscreen

Speaking of sun protection, sunscreen is a no-brainer during these hot months—even when you’re mostly indoors. The key is finding one with adequate protection that also feels light on the skin, so that your face doesn’t feel sticky and uncomfortable as you go about. To that end, Biore’s UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence comes highly praised by beauty blog Blush & Pearls. Not only does this sunscreen have high SPF, it’s also packed with hyaluronic acid and water jelly to keep moisturizing your skin throughout the day.

Don’t forget to exfoliate

Last but not least, don’t forget to exfoliate! Your body sheds skin cells regularly, but they just sit on top of your skin and need to be scrubbed away. Physical exfoliating scrubs are still the default option, but chemical exfoliants with AHAs and BHAs have also grown in popularity. What you end up choosing will ultimately depend on your skin concerns and sensitivity level. Either way, be sure to exfoliate two to three times a week to keep your skin happy!

To that end, skincare is more than just vanity—it’s a way to take care of your body. Our post on teaching beauty Amalia Cabangbang highlights just how naturally beautiful Filipinas are, and these skincare tips will surely help you glow through the summer heat to give you that added confidence boost!

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Hospital Staff Use Garbage Bags, Plastic Bags as Improvised PPEs

Staff at a hospital in Los Baños had to improvise using garbage bags and plastic bags to protect themselves against COVID-19 because there are no Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) available for them to use.

Improvised PPEs

Tes Depano, a health worker at St Jude Hospital Los Baños in Los Baños, Laguna shares some heartbreaking photos of people working at the hospital wearing the improvised PPEs. In the photos, the health workers could be seen moving medical equipment into the hospital and posing for photo ops in their rather heartbreaking suits.

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Photo credit: Tes Depano / Facebook

We are calling the attention of DOH or kung sino mang ahensya na maaaring makapag-supply sa amin ng Personal Protective Equipments. Naubos na po kasi ang PPE namin sa kaming hospital at wala na aming mabilihan. Kaya nag improvise na lang kami para kahit papaano mapanatiling ligtas ang aming mga staff. Salamat sa lakas ng loob at dedikasyon ng aming mga staff para makatulong sa mga pasyente,” wrote Tes.

As frontliners in the battle against COVID-19, these health workers deserve to have the best equipment to protect themselves from the virus, yet they have no other choice but to improvise.
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Photo credit: Tes Depano / Facebook

It is heartbreaking to see that they are wearing garbage bags to cover their bodies. Yellow sando bags cover their feet, hands, and head. The black plastic material of their ‘suits’ and the yellow plastic bags make the health workers look a bit funny in their improvised PPEs, but their plight is absolutely heartbreaking.

At Greater Risk

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Photo credit: Tes Depano / Facebook

The improvised PPEs might protect these health workers at some level but take note that medical workers in hospitals with better equipment have contracted the virus and many lost the battle. The ones in the improvised PPEs are at a greater risk of getting sick but they have no other choice.

Many netizens could not help but feel angry about the situation.

Buti pa yung nagsasanitize/nagdidisinfect sa kalsada kasama ni mayor naka medical grade PPE. Yung humaharap sa Covid+ na pasyente nakabalot sa trashbag… 😑” one wrote.

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Photo credit: Tes Depano / Facebook

A lot praised the health workers for what they are doing but still felt bad about their situation.

Naiiyak and natatawa ako kita mo namn kahit anong problema may solusyon ang pinoy.. kung di lang kami lockdown pinuntahan ko na tong mga to eh! 😣” another netizen commented.

What is a PPE?

PPE means personal protective equipment, defined as protective clothing or equipment designed to protect the wearer’s body from injury or infection. These often include helmets, goggles, and other garments, such as safety boots.

Different PPEs are made using different materials to protect the wearer from various hazards, including physical, chemicals, biohazards, electrical, heat, and airborne particulate matter.

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Heartbreaking Photos of Guard Just Eating Chips as Viand Breaks Hearts

Chips are considered as junk food with very low or zero nutritional value. And while many love to eat these as snacks, anyway, there are people who don’t have enough money to buy proper food that they use chips as viand.

Chips as Viand?

In photos shared by netizen Ralph Reymond Hermano Getanes, a security guard could be seen eating chips for what appears to be lunch or dinner. Getanes had spotted the guard eating the chips and was surprised, considering that the guard often goes on ‘straight duty’. That means that the guard works for several shifts.

Photo credit: Ralph Reymond Hermano Getanes / Soul I Adventures – Facebook
Concerned, Getanes asked the guard why he is just eating chips as viand. The guard smiled and admitted that he did not have a lot of money because he is supporting a lot of people in Cotabato. Getanes pointed out that this is not right because the guard needs to have proper, nutritious food or he might get sick as he always goes on straight duty. But the guard admitted that he is used to this – and that means he’s been eating chips as viand for a long time! It breaks our hearts.

Wish for the Future

And while the guard is smiling, Getanes said that he understands his pain and what he is going through. The guard also told Getanes that he doesn’t mind and that he hopes when all the people he is supporting in Cotabato will complete their studies, he hopes he won’t be doing this anymore…

Photo credit: Ralph Reymond Hermano Getanes / Soul I Adventures – Facebook
Facebook page Soul I Adventures reposted the photos, urging the family of this guard to understand the sacrifices he is making for them and to not waste the opportunity he is giving them.

Photo credit: Ralph Reymond Hermano Getanes / Soul I Adventures – Facebook

Are Chips Healthy?

Most chips are not healthy, unless you choose unprocessed chips. Still, some nutritionists continue to warn people against chips that might be marketed as healthy; they advise people to read the label and check the ingredients.

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