Briones recommended traditional ways of healing after she tested negative for COVID-19

After stating that she has COVID-19, The 79-year-old Secretary Leonor Briones of the Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday reported that she has tested negative for the disease.

On April 9, Education Secretary Leonor Briones revealed that she had contracted coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) but was asymptomatic.

Briones said she was tested again on April 2 upon determining that a government official she was with during a meeting has tested positive for COVID-19.

“Good news! Early this morning, nag-text si Secretary Duque, na ang test ko ay negative,” she said during a television interview.

According to Briones, she sought the advice of Interior and Local Government Sec. Eduardo Ano who had already recovered from the dreaded disease.

Briones said Ano recommended to her the traditional ways of healing to boost her immune system.

“Sa original statement ko, sinabi ko na ang COVID-19 ay hindi death sentence. I asked Sec. Ano what is his formula, and he recommended to me our traditional ways,” she said.

“Traditional ways of healing para ma-cure or strengthen ang katawan to resist the virus .”

Briones said that she practiced traditional ways such as gargling warm water with salt, drinking salabat or ginger tea, and eating a balanced diet as suggested by Ano and her relatives.

The DepEd secretary said that she is not settling her guard down despite testing negative for COVID-19, saying she remains very careful until now.

“I am still being careful. This does not mean we will be careless. It does not mean that we will relax, or go outside because we already tested negative,” she said.


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