On March 19, Thursday, Anne Curtis uploaded a video on Instagram about preventing the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in one's community.
Addressing her followers as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Anne reiterated in her three-minute video the simple yet effective ways to prevent the new coronavirus from spreading.
The ABS-CBN actress said, "As you all know, COVID-19 has been spreading in the Philippines. In fact, it's been spreading all across the world so, now, more than ever is the time we should be doing all that we can to protect ourselves, our family and loved ones, and the people around us.
"So far, we already know that the virus is spreading through droplets from people who have already been infected.
"So what can we do to protect ourselves? Now, I'm sure that you've read, seen, heard this a million times, but it is important to wash our hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
"If you have kids, maybe you could even teach them to wash their hands to a certain song. But if you don't have soap and water on hand, you can use a hand sanitizer.
"Secondly, if you are going to cough or sneeze, please do make sure that you cover your nose or your mouth with a tissue or you can cough and sneeze into your elbow.
"But if you do have other symptoms such as, you have a fever, you have a cough, you have a cold, or you have difficulty breathing, I suggest that you seek medical help."
Anne also urged her Instagram followers to stay at home, acknowledging it may be harder for others to follow.
The 35-year-old Kapamilya star said, "Thirdly, I do understand that this is a privilege for others, especially for those who can work from home, stay at home, who have enough food to provide for their families, but if you can, only if you can, please do try to stay at home, to avoid exposure to COVID-19."
In her last reminder, Anne hoped Filipinos would only share verified information from trusted organizations to avoid fuelling widespread panic and anxiety.
She said, "And lastly, I would say to think before you click and share, just to avoid sharing fake news, to avoid panic. If you can, maybe you can regularly check the social media accounts of trusted organizations or visit their websites such as the Department of Health, World Health Organization, and UNICEF."
Anne also enjoined her Instagram followers to donate to organizations that respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as UNICEF, which delivers critical medical supplies to concerned organizations.
She said, "I do know that UNICEF is actually doing their part in providing critical medical supplies to the health workers. They are also making sure that the information they are sharing is right and correct to avoid any panic and so that they can properly share and teach us to protect ourselves against COVID-19.
"We can also do our part in helping out. We can donate to UNICEF. You can visit the link in my bio or you can visit donate.unicef.ph. So yeah, that is just a simple way that we could also help out and do our part. I will be donating to UNICEF Philippines."
At the end of her video, Anne thanked the frontliners and health workers for their dedication and selfless work amid the outbreak.
Anne said, "I also would like to take this opportunity to thank our frontliners, our health workers, everyone who's doing their part, the doctors, the nurses, the security guards, the lab people, the military, everyone, everyone who has a part in doing what they can for the Filipino nation.
"I wanna thank all of you. Maraming maraming salamat po. "I will continue to pray for everyone and I am spreading light and love to all of you. Maraming maraming salamat po. Thank you."