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No Face Masks at Pharmacies Around Subic and Olongapo City

Almost every pharmacy in and around Subic Bay Freeport Zone displayed a sign telling people that they ran out of face masks.

A sign in a pharmacy at Olongapo City telling people that face masks aren't available. Photo Contributed for The Subic Bay Times

February 1, 2020


SUBIC BAY FREEPORT ZONE - Almost every pharmacy in and around Subic Bay Freeport Zone displayed a sign telling people that they ran out of face masks. Although, a regular surgical face mask will not protect you from the 2019 nCoronavirus, Pharmacies also ran out of a much higher-grade face mask. According to LiveScience.com, a more specialized mask, known as an N95 respirator, can protect against the new coronavirus (2019-nCov). The respirator is thicker than a surgical mask.


Masks have been strongly suggested and even temporarily made mandatory in some places by the Chinese government, that's why local government units and other agencies in the Philippines recommend people to wear their masks when outside as well. As of February 01, The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority started to take precautionary measures at all SBMA gates and offices of Chinese POGOs inside Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Although, if a person has high temperature, they will not let them enter inside the freeport and recommend them to self-quarantine for at least 14 days or go to the hospital for evaluation.


The precautionary measures the SBMA is taking is also not 24/7. It's causing heavy traffic because only one police officer is checking on the driver. And yes, they are only checking the driver not the passengers according to some drivers of private vehicles that's entering Subic Bay Freeport Zone.


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