“It seems that when students are drenched with water and then exposed to cold temperatures they get sick. Even more interesting, when the temperatures get very very low they get very very sick.”
Rene Targasyo of the DOST’s Advanced Science and Technology Institute led the research team which tested students from all over the country for waterproofing.
“Very surprising results but the science supports it. Filipino students are not waterproof. Even the college students weren’t waterproof.” Targasyo said.
According to Targasyo, a total of ten thousand test subjects were tested ranging from kindergarten to postgraduate students. During the experiment, students were exposed to water in chambers designed to simulate rainfall and then had their wetness measured.
“They all got wet when placed in direct contact with water.” Targasyo said.
Some of the test subjects were also exposed to cold temperatures after being drenched. Others were drenched while the chamber was partially filled with dirty water to simulate flood.
“It seems that when students are drenched with water and then exposed to cold temperatures they get sick. Even more interesting, when the temperatures get very very low they get very very sick.” Targasyo explained.
The DOST has already forwarded the report to the Department of Education (DEPEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) but the practical applications of the study remain unclear.
“We don’t know what to make of this study yet but it’s very interesting. For now we strongly advise all students to avoid this bad combination of getting wet and getting cold.” DepED spokesman Anthony Verde said.
The CHED has not made an announcement regarding its view of the study.