In this period of lockdowns, human connections depend heavily on Internet connectivity. A team of UP engineers makes sure that community networks happen, especially during a pandemic.
In this “new normal”, how do we meet every Filipino student’s remote learning needs without pervasive internet access? The answer from UP professor Dr. Joel Joseph Marciano Jr. and DOST-ASTI engineers: a set-up box to allow analogue TVs to receive digital broadcasts and datacasting, allowing interactivity for educational purposes.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak swept over the country, the health care workers of the UP Philippine General Hospital, one of the country’s COVID-19 referral centers, have been dealing with an unprecedented crisis and working round-the-clock to treat patients with COVID-19. The UP-PGH’s COVID Crisis Team now shares the five lessons they have learned over the past six months of battling against the viral pandemic.
Confused about the many issuances from your local government about the COVID-19 pandemic? The UP Resilience Institute’s Research and Creative Work team is ready to help with the launch of the second volume of the Managing the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Philippines: A Policy Sourcebook. This policy sourcebook, which is updated monthly, is a way for ordinary Filipinos to stay up-to-date with the national government’s and their local government’s latest policies and measures to defeat the viral pandemic in the country. While Volume I focused on national issuances, Volume II covers local government policies.
The good news: quarantine measures have managed to decrease local transmission and flatten the curve in Western Visayas. The bad news: a surge in imported cases in the region has led to testing backlogs and strained quarantine facilities. Given this, UP Visayas researchers and ThinkWell Philippines recommend more preparations for local transmission outbreaks in the LGUs, maintenance of minimum public health standards, and a review of the repatriation protocols in terms of testing, tracing and treatment.
A UPLB scientist and member of the UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team breaks down the epidemic wave of COVID-19 that swept over the country, and at what point can we say that we have reached the peak of that wave. Read more here.
As community quarantine measures are relaxed, more economic activities are being allowed at varying levels of capacity. In their Policy Note No. 7, the UP COVID-19 Response Team presents findings from their risk assessment of various job types, including proper phasing in of different jobs and manageable interventions to lessen the health risks at work.
In this Policy Note, the UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team recognizes the crucial need for accurate and relevant data about COVID-19 and the country’s resources in order to win the battle against an invisible enemy, and how to address the gaps in data-sharing and collection as soon as possible.
The novel coronavirus spreads through social interaction. The UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response looks into the post-ECQ scenarios and how can we ease up restrictions on people’s mobility to minimize transmission and risks to our highly vulnerable seniors.
A scientist from the University of the Philippines-Diliman Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology has called on all sectors to consider putting the issue and solutions to the air pollution problem in the higher agenda for a post-enhanced community quarantine (post-ECQ) “new normal” Philippines.