Cebu, Philippines, Jan 23, 2020 / 16:20 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Filipino Church leaders have urged parishioners to be extra cautious amidst a deadly outbreak of coronavirus, which has affected hundreds of people in China and spread to other countries as well.
Bishop Oscar Florencio, who oversees the Bishops’ Commission on Health Care, encouraged residents to be vigilant and to quickly check into a hospital if they believe they have the illness.
“First and foremost, we have to exercise prudence here, both personally and collectively,” he said, according to ucanews.com.
“If one thinks he needs to see a doctor because of some suspicion of corona virus-like symptoms, please let us be prudent enough to do it, so we can arrest the sickness right away.”
Last month, an outbreak of 2019-nCoV was reported in Chinese city of Wuhan. Believed to be a new strain within the coronavirus family, the virus can cause fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. In some cases, it can lead to pneumonia, kidney failure, and severe acute respiratory syndrome.