Vendors, cops get face masks, shields from De Venecias

MARKET vendors in the Fourth District were happy and grateful for the washable face masks and face shields they wear in their daily grind, all personally handcrafted by Manay Gina de Venecia, mother of Congressman Christopher de Venecia.

The fruit, vegetable and meat vendors proudly wear these protective masks as they go about their daily chores and expressed their gratitude to the De Venecias who have not stopped thinking and worrying for their welfare especially in today’s serious health crisis.

Instead of just sitting comfortably at home and watching TV series during the Enhanced Community Quarantine, Manay Gina responded to the call of the government for Bayanihan to help frontline workers who are risking their lives helping fight the COVID-19 pandemic in their own ways.

Two meat vendors at the Mangaldan Public Market proudly wear their face masks and shields especially made for them by Manay Gina de Venecia.

She summoned her staff, households and some friends to make washable face masks and face shields from locally available materials to be given to frontline workers that include policemen and their force multipliers, market vendors and members of the media.

“My mission is to produce face shields for our district mates in Pangasinan… my staff, my whole family, and households helped in this endeavor,” Manay Gina said.

On Monday, the staff of Congressman de Venecia again made the rounds in the Fourth District to distribute face masks and face shields made personally for them by Manay Gina.

According to Manay Gina, she decided to make face shields because of the reported shortage of supply in the country for frontliners and knowing that the coronavirus enters the body of a person through the mouth, nose, and eyes.

She said frontliners cannot observe social distancing to protect themselves because of the nature of their work, so they all need protective equipment which is in short supply.

Manay Gina said the number of frontliners that get infected is increasing every week, particularly policemen manning checkpoints because they are fully exposed to all potential carriers.

The food vendors are susceptible because they are approached by anyone who could be carrier of Covid-19 since research of NHK Japan revealed that if an infected individual coughs, sneezes and speaks, the microdroplets can remain in the air for 20 minutes in enclosed spaces. The bigger droplet drops to the ground within one minute.

In another research of the Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, they saw that cough micro droplets can reach up to three feet to one meter or even longer. (Leonardo Micua)

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