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  • Writer's pictureGinang Kasambahay

7 ways to stay safe when hiring a maid after our 3rd ECQ!

Now that the economy is opening up again here in Metro Manila, families maybe looking for help at home so they can focus on making a living. We're sharing 7 safety tips for hiring a new household helper this MECQ!

  1. Make sure your maid prospects don't have symptoms for COVID-19 at the time of your interview or when you will hire them! The COVID-19 Delta Variant's top 5 symptoms are the following: Runny nose, headache, sneezing, sore throat, and loss of smell, among others. Be on the lookout for coughing, shortness of breath, fatigue, and fever which are "classic symptoms" of the virus as well.

  2. It is best if your maid prospects have recent medical clearances and if they have recently passed a COVID-19 Test that checks if they currently have the virus, namely a Rapid Antigen Test or PCR Test. Negative results shouldn't result in disregard of minimum health pr0t0cols against the virus though. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

  3. When your maid is finally working for you, strictly observe minimum health protocols against the virus at home, especially for the first few weeks. That means, wearing of face masks/face shield, social distancing, and frequent washing of hands, which is a non-negotiable since the new variant is highly contagious.

  4. Make sure to double mask properly, this means 1 surgical mask underneath 1 cloth mask, and no double masking for N95 and KN95 masks. Double masking increases our protection from the virus.

  5. Avoid non-essential travels. This includes your help leaving your residence. Before hiring, make them understand that day offs maybe taken as rest days instead. Their cooperation during this period will help lower the risk of the whole household getting infected.

  6. Do the following when arriving at home from essential travels, immediately take a bath and disinfect all belongings coming from the outside including groceries.

  7. Get everyone vaccinated to reduce the chances of severe symptoms of COVID-19 just in case someone gets infected. For everyone's safety, full vaccination should include your helpers as well.

Staying safe against COVID-19 during this time takes the effort of the whole household. Everyone at home should be responsible in observing minimum health protocols so that we can ensure that no ones gets infected. Remember, it only takes one infection in our household for the virus to spread among us at home.

Safety starts with S but it begins with YOU.

For more information on hiring household help with the necessary documents for employment such as government and medical clearances that include negative results for the COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test, visit at

Stay safe and God bless us all!

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