F2F classes will proceed despite monkeypox

THE scheduled face-to-face classes in November will continue as planned despite the detection of the first case of monkeypox in the country, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Tuesday.

DOH Officer-in-Charge Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire was asked by the media after the Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday said that they will take a cue from the DOH following the reported monkeypox case detected in the country.

Likewise, Vergeire also said that there is no reason to postpone the opening of classes on August 22.

The DOH official assured that safeguards or measures are in place to ensure the safety of the learners, especially when they attend the in-person classes.

She said the DOH and DepEd will also implement heightened health screening for the learners and teachers.

“Walang papasok dapat sa eskwela na may mga sintomas o ‘di kaya kung meron nang mga lesions, makita na natin agad [No one will be allowed to go to school if they have symptoms or lesions],” Vergeire explained.

Symptoms of monkeypox include:

■ Fever

■ Headache

■ Muscle aches and backaches                    

■ Swollen lymph nodes

■ Chills

■ ExhaustionRespiratory symptoms (e.g. sore throat, nasal congestion, or cough)

■ A rash that can look like pimples or blisters that appears on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, like the hands, feet, chest, genitals, or anus.