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Philippine doctors shield families with ‘quarantent,’ safe spaces

Safekeeping loved ones is also a high priority for pediatrician Mica Bastillo, even as she confronts COVID-19 head on.

The 38-year-old took on a new role at a children’s hospital in another part of Manila after it became a COVID-19 referral facility in April.

“My family thought about asking me to resign, but anywhere I go I would still have to face COVID,” she said.

With her father and sister battling medical conditions, the family built a makeshift tent next to their home for Bastillo, which they dubbed a “quarantent.”

Made out of plastic sheets to keep out the rain, it allows Bastillo to be with her family at a safe distance.

“My mother put the curtains and the table cloth to make it look like home… And my brother added the plastic sheet. It was a real family effort,” said Bastillo, who still joins her family for nightly prayers seated beside the front door wearing a mask. (Additional reporting by Neil Jerome Morales Writing by Ed Davies. Editing by Gerry Doyle)

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