The Public Health Communications Advisory Network’s invitation to their live FB session on Saturday, April 18 at 2 PM (from PHCAN’s FB Page)


A public health group is assuring the public that it is alright to feel worried and anxious during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Public Health Communications Advisory Network (PHCAN) in a post on their Facebook Page said just because there is a pandemic that one has to not focus on what they are feeling.

“Hindi dahil may pandemic, balewala na ang mga feelings mo (Not because there is a pandemic, your feelings are not important anymore.)”, the post said.

The group also said that “it is normal to feel anxious” and recommends various coping mechanisms to deal with the crisis such as controlling the frequency of checking news articles, connecting with people via voice calls or even video messages, staying healthy by eating good food, performing physical activity and ensuring enough sleep, and staying informed through reputable news sources.

PHCAN, which describes itself as a network of organizations and volunteers composed of professionals from the fields of public health, creatives, communications, and public policy, invited the public to their weekly Facebook live session to talk about dealing with mental health and wellbeing with volunteer doctors on Saturday, April 18 at 2 PM.

The group, which primarily works in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH) aims to “flatten the curve and communicate critical and verified public health messages on COVID-19 to families so they can care for their loved ones in these challenging times.”

FB live session last April 11 featured Dr. Iris Isip-Tan and guests who are all COVID-19 survivors, discussing recovery, coping, and moving forward amidst this health crisis.

On April 4, the group featured a family and disaster medicine specialist, Dr. Aileen Espina, who talked about physical isolation and expressing love and care for family and friends. (Jojo Mangahis)