DOH says bulletin about ‘upper respiratory infection’ in China is fake
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday said a circulating bulletin about an “upper respiratory infection” in China is not true as such a notification was falsely attributed to them.
“The DOH warns the public against an alleged circulating DOH Bulletin Message about an Upper Respiratory Infection in China, which maliciously uses the agency’s name. The DOH would like to clarify that the message did not come from any verified platforms of the Department,” it said.
It then reminded the public to ensure that any health information is sourced only from the DOH’s legitimate platforms, such as its established social media pages and official website.
The DOH further reminded the public that any disease could be prevented through proper hygiene, diet, and exercise.
“In general, respiratory diseases, as well as other communicable diseases, can be prevented by employing our layers of protection such as sanitation, masking, distancing, good ventilation, and vaccination,” it said.
China is facing a surge of COVID-19 infections – a month after it lifted pandemic restrictions deemed one of the strictest in the world.
The infection surge prompted several nations to require COVID-19 tests on travelers from China.