The COVID-19 pandemic caught many governments across the world off guard.
Since its advent, governments have been initiating efforts in the fight against the global crisis.
Some of these measures include but not limited to frequent washing of hands with soap, wearing face masks or face shields in public, observing social distancing.
More stringent measures like partial lockdown or total lockdown have also been imposed to further curb the spread of coronavirus.
But it is Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s latest proposals that has got tongues wagging.
Last week Duterte had told Filipinos to disinfect their face masks with petrol, insisting that he was not joking.
According to Duterte, those who can’t afford cleaning supplies should drench their facemasks with petrol or diesel.
Health officials are advising that cloth masks should be washed normally, and surgical masks replaced after use.
There is no evidence that petrol can disinfect masks. Prolonged contact with petrol can also be a health risk to you, not forgetting that it is highly flammable and therefore can cause fire.