As of 8pm on Sunday, January 12, most people are pretty much aware of the Ashfall situation. This caused the masses to hoard all the face masks and it’s pretty much sold out everywhere.
Apparently they sold out in a span of 15-30 minutes. A lot of people are still trying to buy face masks and stores are not sure when they’ll be able restock.
On Sunday evening, the Department of Health (DOH), in a statement, warned of potential health effects as ashfall from the Taal Volcano reached Calabarzon and Metro Manila
The DOH also told the public to be vigilant about conditions that may arise after exposure to volcanic ash:
- Throat irritation
- Bronchitis-like illness
- Discomfort while breathing
- Eye irritation
- Minor skin problems
It also reminded people to seek immediate medical help should such conditions arise.