- Affected individuals and responders can use undergarments like brassiere, panty, and even diapers to protect themselves from volcanic ash
- These practical and simple alternatives were recommended and approved by Health Assistant Secretary Ma. Francia Laxamana
- Shirts can also be used in the absence of N95 face masks, she said
Some unpopular alternatives for N95 face masks had been recommended by health officials amid its rising demand due to the current situation of the Taal Volcano.
In the absence of N95 face masks, affected individuals and responders can use undergarments like brassiere, panty, and even diapers to protect themselves from volcanic ash, Health Assistant Secretary Ma. Francia Laxamana said in a report.
“Meron pang ibang creative ways of doing things. Isa po yung kamiseta, ilagay ninyo po. Meron pong isang creative, yung bra at panty,” Laxamana said. “Ang diapers open so puwede po siya. Actually kung titingnan niyo ang mga diapers merong dry. Puwede niyong basain ng konti para hindi kayo ma-suffocate.”
[There are other creative ways of doing things. One is shirt, you can use it. There’s also another creative way — bra and panty. Diapers are open so it can also be used. If you look at diapers, there are dry ones. You can dampen it so you won’t get suffocated.]
The health official said that Filipinos affected by the Volcanic eruption can do these simple measures while the supply of N95 masks is running out. Laxamana described these Department of Health-approved alternatives as “very good, creative, and practical.”
A regular surgical mask with a damp cloth placed inside can also be an alternative for N95 masks, the health officials further suggested.
Times like this, we just have to be resourceful so as to better protect ourselves and our family when face masks are not available.