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Wearable Air Purifiers Won't Protect You Against COVID-19, Says DOH

No harm, but also no good.
Wearable Air Purifiers Won't Protect You Against COVID-19, Says DOH
ILLUSTRATOR Igi Talao
No harm, but also no good.

The Department of Health on Monday advised against the "false security" of wearable or necklace air purifiers, as it offers no protection against COVID-19.

When asked about the purifiers, DOH Usec. Rosette Vergeire said "The DOH do not recommend these air purifiers, eto pong mga necklace na purifier...Wala yang ebidensya."

Vergeire issued the statement after Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia issued a memorandum requiring drivers and conductors of public utility vehicles in the province to wear purifiers, a move that a Cebu transport group called a "band-aid solution."

While the purifier causes no harm, it fails to offer any protection against COVID-19, Vergeire said.

"It will give that false security to our kababayans, baka magkaroon ng complacency because of this," she added.

Vergeire cited the Philippine COVID Clinical Practice Guidelines, which recommend against the use of ionizing air purifies to reduce COVID transmission in the community. The DOH also implements the same receommendation.

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"Sinasabi na po ng ebidensya at ng mga eksperto na it's not going to provide you with that protection. Sana po hindi na lang natin ito gamitin," she added.

* This story originally appeared on Reportr.world. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.

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