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Filipinos choose to keep using face masks, according to an OCTA survey.

According to an OCTA Research survey, a significant portion of Filipinos will keep donning face masks even if the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak is contained.

Following the release of a Malacanang Palace directive on the voluntary use of face masks in outdoor settings, OCTA Research Fellow Ranjit Rye presented the results of a recent poll of the group.

As Rye noted during the Pandesal Forum on Tuesday, “(this is) very likely the reason why very little protests from the public against the new policy of the President, is because 30% of the adult population will continue to use masks six months after Covid-19 is considered controlled.”

Twenty-eight percent of the respondents indicated they will keep wearing face masks if Covid-19 is judged controlled for a year, 16 percent said they will keep doing so after two years, and 18 percent said they will keep doing so after five years.

“These are significant sums. Adult Filipinos appear to agree that masks are significant and that we shouldn’t promote their use. They will wear masks because they think it would protect them, Rye continued.

He said that the survey’s findings are consistent with President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s recent stance on outdoor masking.

“We don’t have to make it mandatory. Even if Covid is proclaimed extinct, people will still wear it, according to a significant portion of the population, he said.
children’s developmental delays

In the same online discussion board, Fr. Dr. Leana Wen, a CNN medical commentator, physician, and professor at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health in the United States, has discovered that masking affects children’s development, which Nicanor Austriaco mentioned.
According to Austriaco, Wen learned that her four-year-old son had developmental deficits, particularly in his language development, as a result of concealing more than two years of pandemic exposure.
He claimed that since children are still required to wear face masks throughout the class, even after kids have physically returned to school, the interaction can still be thought of as taking place “mask-to-mask” rather than “face-to-face.”

To avoid developmental problems in the young population, according to Austriaco, the nation should switch as soon as feasible to regular face-to-face sessions without masks.

“I advised the immediate vaccination and booster of the entire nation. In order to safeguard their children, he said, we should take off the masks and let them live as adults with the consequences of their decisions if it is not possible or possible because they do not want to.


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