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Chilly weather may re­sult in more COVID-19 cases, Baguio of­fi­cial warns

- By ZALDY CO­MANDA Health · Weather · Coronavirus (COVID-19) · Infectious Diseases · Health Conditions · Baguio City

BAGUIO CITY – The City Health Service Of­fice (CHSO) here warned the public that the chilly weather that would be felt in the com­ing months could also bring more coro­n­avirus dis­ease (COVID-19) cases.

City Health Of­fi­cer Dr. Rowena Galpo said that, since the virus at­tacks the res­pi­ra­tory sys­tem, there was a pos­si­bil­ity that COVID-19 cases may in­crease in the months of Oc­to­ber to Fe­bru­ary when tem­per­a­tures usu­ally dip.

“The preva­lent chilly weather this Oc­to­ber and suc­ceed­ing months may pos­si­bly be­come a fac­tor for the in­crease of COVID-19 cases in Baguio,” Galpo said.

Record showed that for the first 17 days of Oc­to­ber, the city has recorded 655 new cases of COVID-19, with 555 re­cov­er­ies and seven deaths.

With the im­mi­nent threat of more COVID-19 cases in the com­ing months, Galpo ad­vised dress­ing warmly and keep­ing one’s self dry dur­ing the cold months, and to con­tinue lead­ing a healthy life­style like eat­ing healthy, en­gag­ing in reg­u­lar ex­er­cise, stop­ping smok­ing to strengthen the im­mune sys­tem.

Hav­ing reg­u­lar flu and pneu­mo­nia shots for those aged 50 and above would also be ben­e­fi­cial, she said, since older per­sons were usu­ally more prone to sick­ness.

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