When Dr. Lei Alfonso found out her dad had COVID-19 symptoms, he was all the way in Pampanga while she was in Metro Manila.
Despite practicing public health for a decade, Alfonso felt herself panicking at the thought of him possibly having the infectious disease.
“If I myself, I’m already a doctor, I felt that helplessness, how much more other people?” she told INQUIRER.net.
What she knew based on her practice was that “helplessness can be prevented by being prepared.”
That was back in March, when coronavirus cases in the country were spiking to the hundreds. At the time, she and colleagues from the Philippine Society of Public Health Physicians (PSPHP) — of which Alfon…