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Pen Medina's anti-facemask, anti-vax statement draw flak

 Many netizens have been reacting to veteran actor Pen Medina's statement who has been long downplayed the virus. On August 26, the 71-year-old star spotted in a protest in front of the Senate building in Pasig City to air his sentiments, saying face masks and vaccines are ineffective against COV*D-19.

In an uploaded video by DZBB Super Radyo, Pen was asked why he's against the use of face masks.

"Napag-aralan ko na. Kasi po ang face mask malalaki ang hibla niyan, yun pong coronavirus, ang mga virus maliliit po," said Pen, whose list of qualifications do not include a medical degree.

"Kumbaga hindi pa rin ito na identified. Kumbaga sa lineup ng pulis hindi pa na pinpoint kung sino yung kriminal na virus," he added.

Pen described the virus like a sand in the beach, "para kang naghahanap sa buhangin, sa isang beach na pagkarami-raming buhangin, at yung buhangin microscopic, di mo siya makikita sa mata mo lang. Kailangang gumamit (ng microscope)... Hindi pa po nila nakikita yan, tas may sinasabi ng variant... At yan po ay lulusot po, kahit na anong mask. Dahil sobrang, sobrang pagkaliit-liit."

Netizens were quick to respond at Pen's argument saying, "Pa test na yan. Baka yan at asymptomatic carrier and a superspreader," one said.

Others have suggested not to give them "the platform to chase clout & use it to spread false info in the name of a viral news is the only time we can get the right info to the wider audience." 

Note, while Pen is correct when he said that virus is invisible to the naked eye,  he might misinformed that electron microscope exist. Genome sequencing is also available to allow scientist to identify the different strains and variants of the coronavirus.

Moreover,  World health Organization (WHO) said mask work, not as a perfect against viruses, but against the spread of droplets to save others. 

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