Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Self Assessment Tool

A cough or a random sneeze can scare you nowadays. Don’t panic. Determine if you need to seek further care by using our COVID-19 self assessment tool. This tool was created based on WHO and DOH guidelines to help assess your Coronavirus risk level.

How to use the COVID-19 self assessment tool?

Just answer six questions to help determine whether you should visit a healthcare provider for further COVID-19 assessment and testing. At the end of the self assessment, you will be given your COVID-19 risk level (low, medium, high) and directions for seeking appropriate care. Official hotline numbers will also be provided for COVID-19 concerns and severe COVID-19 symptoms.

✔️ Please keep in mind that our COVID-19 self-assessment tool should not be taken as expert medical advice. This tool is not meant to take the place of expert medical consultation or to diagnose or treat conditions. The tool was created based on official guidelines posted by the WHO and DOH.

What else can I do?

Keep yourself informed during these challenging times. Information about COVID-19 is constantly changing, and the level of COVID-19 activity varies by community. For current updates on COVID-19 and detailed health measures in your area, please visit the DOH website at www.doh.gov.ph.

You can also read about COVID-19 updates and tips in our articles below. We update this page regularly so make sure to bookmark it.

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COVID-19 Articles and Related Tips

OFW Repatriation Guide in the New Normal

Planning to come back home during the coronavirus pandemic? Brace yourself for an entirely different homecoming experience. OFW repatriation in the time of COVID-19 is a whole new ball game. No bunch of relatives excited for your return will pick you up at the airport. Instead, government frontliners in hazmat suits will welcome you upon arrival. Airport procedures on your arrival day will be longer and more complicated than before. You won’t be allowed to go home to your family until you complete the mandatory testing and quarantine for returning Filipinos. Much of the stress and anxiety stranded OFWs are having right now comes from not knowing what to expect when they get repatriated back to the Philippines. Here’s an OFW repatriation guide to help you manage your expectations, make your arrival more bearable, and return home safely. Table of ContentsOFW Repatriation Pre-Departure Checklist1. Request an OFW Repatriation Flight2. Book Your Quarantine Accommodation3. Register in the e-CIF System4. Register in OASISArrival Procedures for Returning OFWs1. Fill Out Different Forms2. Attend the Mandatory Quarantine Briefing3. Go Through Verification Procedures4. Get Swabbed5. Undergo Immigration Clearance6. Know Your Assigned OFW Quarantine FacilityOFW Quarantine GuidelinesQuarantine Protocols for Returning OFWsHow to Verify Your COVID-19 Test ResultsHow to Get a Quarantine CertificateHow to Get a Ride Back HomeHow Much Do COVID-19 Testing and Quarantine Cost for Returning OFWs?Final Thoughts OFW Repatriation Pre-Departure Checklist Before flying back to the Philippines, here’s what you must do to ensure your repatriation will go smoothly. 1. Request an OFW Repatriation Flight First things first: You must secure an OFW repatriation

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Reopening Your Business? Guidelines and Tips for Resuming Your Operations

Business reopening in more industries has now been allowed along with the gradual relaxing of quarantine restrictions in the Philippines. Getting back to business after a long lockdown-induced hiatus? “Business as usual” has taken on a whole new meaning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Essentially, it now means observing government-mandated minimum health protocols and doing your part in containing the spread of coronavirus in your community. How do you restart your business in the new normal? Here are the guidelines business owners should follow, plus a few tips on resuming your operations. Table of ContentsIATF Business Reopening Guidelines Businesses Authorized to Reopen Under QuarantineMinimum Health Standards for Reopening a BusinessLGU Business Reopening Guidelines6 Tips for Reopening Your Business After Lockdown1. Apply for Government Assistance2. Announce Your Business Reopening3. Be Ready to Do More with Less4. Boost Safety in Your Place of Business5. Inform Customers About Your Health Protocols6. Provide Customers with More OptionsFinal Thoughts IATF Business Reopening Guidelines  Businesses Authorized to Reopen Under Quarantine Your business may be allowed to fully or partially operate depending on its nature and whether you’re located in an area under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), general community quarantine (GCQ), or modified general community quarantine (MGCQ). Before you reopen your business, make sure it’s allowed by the government to operate. Check the DTI guidelines on business reopening under community quarantine[1] for the complete list of industries allowed to resume operations under different quarantine levels. Business Reopening Guidelines for Restaurants The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has authorized food establishments

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6 Pabili Service Apps to Download So You Can Shop from Home

On-demand pabili services are heaven-sent during the community quarantine period when it’s risky and inconvenient to go outdoors. Instead of going outside to buy essentials, you can just stay at home and hire a personal shopper through a pabili service app. The benefits of using a pabili or personal assistant service are two-fold. You enjoy the convenience of shopping from home and receiving your order on the same day. Riders who have lost their source of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic can support themselves and their families through pabili requests. Table of ContentsHow Pabili Services WorkPabili Services Comparison6 Pabili Service Apps in the PhilippinesGrabExpress PabiliJoyRide Pabili ServiceLalamove Purchase ServiceMOVE IT Pabili ServiceMrSpeedy Pabili ServiceMyKuya AppFinal Thoughts How Pabili Services Work Booking through a pabili service app is very convenient. Here’s how it works: Customers book their orders through the courier’s app or website with the list of items to buy. The system matches each customer with a rider closest to the pick-up location. Once a rider accepts the booking, he will go to the store and purchase the items (Usually, the rider pays for the order first). While waiting, the customer can track the order status in real-time through the app. The rider delivers the order and receives the payment from the customer. To protect their riders against fake buyers, couriers set a maximum transaction amount, usually up to PHP 2,000. Also, there’s a maximum size allowed for each order—anything bigger than the standard dimension will not fit in the rider’s motorcycle or bike. Pabili Services Comparison Pabili Service

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What Malls are Open Today? Mall Hours and Reopening Guidelines Under MECQ

Shopping malls have partially reopened with the easing of government-mandated restrictions in areas under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), from May 16 to 31, 2020 or until further notice. Expect big changes in your mall experience in the new normal. Complying with the government’s COVID-19 measures, malls in modified ECQ areas are implementing safety protocols such as shortened mall hours and physical distancing measures. To prevent overcrowding in malls, only non-leisure stores and essential establishments are allowed to operate under the MECQ. These include the following: Supermarkets Restaurants (take-out and delivery only) Banks Drugstores Hardware stores Clothing and accessories stores Bookstores Pet food and supplies stores Gadget stores Mall-based government frontline services Leisure establishments like cinemas and play areas remain closed throughout the quarantine period. Here’s a list of open malls in MECQ areas, including their mall schedule and safety guidelines (Note: Mall operating hours may change depending on whether the government lifts the MECQ or reverts to the stricter ECQ). Table of ContentsSM SupermallsSM MECQ Mall ScheduleSM Mall Reopening Guidelines Under MECQAyala MallsAyala MECQ Mall ScheduleAyala Mall Reopening Guidelines Under MECQRobinsons MallsRobinsons MECQ Mall ScheduleRobinsons Mall Reopening Guidelines Under MECQMegaworld Lifestyle MallsMegaworld MECQ Mall Schedule [4]Megaworld Lifestyle Mall Reopening Guidelines Under MECQAraneta City MallsAraneta MECQ Mall ScheduleAraneta City Mall Reopening Guidelines Under MECQOrtigas MallsOrtigas MECQ Mall ScheduleOrtigas Mall Reopening Guidelines Under MECQRockwell MallsRockwell MECQ Mall ScheduleRockwell Mall Reopening Guidelines Under MECQStarmallsStarmall MECQ ScheduleStarmall Reopening Guidelines Under MECQVista MallsVista Mall MECQ ScheduleVista Mall Reopening Guidelines Under MECQShangri-La PlazaShangri-La MECQ Mall ScheduleShangri-La Mall Reopening Guidelines Under MECQFestival MallFestival Mall MECQ Schedule: Festival

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5 Ways to Save Your Small Business from a Pandemic

Micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are among the hardest-hit sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s literally a chain of unfortunate events, from temporary shutdowns and mass layoffs to depleting cash reserves. What to do if you’re struggling to keep your business afloat in these difficult times? From cost-cutting measures to MSME loans, here are five ways to get your business back on track during and after the COVID-19 pandemic (and any crisis in the future). Table of ContentsMSME Loans and Other Ways to Save Your Business from a Pandemic1. Find Ways to Cut Costs2. Negotiate Your Debts and Payments3. Secure Funding Through MSME LoansMSME Loans and Other COVID-19 Financial Assistance Programs for Micro and Small Businesses in the Philippines4. Join Online Forums for SMEs5. Go DigitalFinal Thoughts MSME Loans and Other Ways to Save Your Business from a Pandemic 1. Find Ways to Cut Costs How has the pandemic affected your business? Do a financial check-up to find out the real extent of damage, so you can develop a proper recovery plan. Review your financial statements and compare your current cash flow, sales, and profits to last year’s data. This will give you a clear idea of how much your business has gone down (or maybe up). You might realize it isn’t as bad as you expect, or you might need to ramp up your funding to get through the crisis. Take a look at your business expenses. Knowing what you should be budgeting helps you maximize your revenues and minimize your losses. What are your most important and urgent

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14 Online Gadget Stores for Your Tech and Gaming Needs This ECQ

Electronic devices may not be as essential as food and medicines, but we need them to survive the lockdown nonetheless. Gadgets enable us to work from home and keep us busy or entertained while on quarantine. More importantly, they help us stay connected to loved ones who are away from us. You don’t have to wait for what seems like forever to get a replacement for your broken laptop or mobile phone. You can order from an online gadget store and have the item delivered or pick it up directly at the shop. For your home office or gaming needs, take your pick from this list of legitimate online gadget stores in the Philippines that let you shop from home during the quarantine. Table of ContentsWhere to Buy a Smartphone, Laptop, or Any Gadget OnlineComplinkEasyPCJDM Techno Computer CenterPC ExpressPCWORXPounditPower Mac CenterUrban GadgetsVillMan ComputersWhere to Buy Nintendo Switch, PS4, or Any Gaming Gadget in the PhilippinesDataBlitzEm’s Emporium PHGame One PHGamelineGameXtremeFinal Thoughts Where to Buy a Smartphone, Laptop, or Any Gadget Online Complink Complink is a reseller of laptops, desktop computers, monitors, printers, tablets, and other IT products for home and business use. Although it accepts online orders, Complink doesn’t offer a delivery service yet. Customers can either claim their items at Complink’s head office in Pasig or book a delivery service that will pick up their order and deliver it to their home. Pick-up location: Complink Head Office (Robinsons Equitable Tower, ADB Ave., Ortigas, Pasig) Pick-up options: Personal pick-up, Grab Express, Lalamove Payment modes: Online banking and cash on pick-up How to order: Through

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RSS Latest News from the World Health Organization (WHO)
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