The Philippines COVID-19 cases could reach 75,000 in months if not contained — DOH

The Philippines COVID-19 cases could reach 75,000 in months if not contained — DOH




The Philippines is coping with the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19 that led to the declaration of Malacanang putting the entire of Luzon on an enhanced community quarantine in its bid to prevent the spreading in the country.
But sadly some of our countrymen seems to be laughing off the directives from the government and the sense of urgency are not being heeded by them.

Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire made a statement that there could be as many as 75,000 new coronavirus cases in the Philippines in two to three months if the spread of the contagion is not contained.

Gabriela rally against Pres. Duterte amidst the Covid-19 scare
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So the government is damn serious about the enhanced community quarantine and failure is not an option.
The estimated number was done by experts from the DOH and the World Health Organization along with Filipino epidemiologists. The projection was based on the total number of cases worldwide, which stands at nearly 200,000.
As per the experts’ findings, it is possible that one carrier of the virus can infect two persons “in just one sitting.”

“Within two to three months, it can reach that peak kung saan 75,000 ang pwedeng magkaroon ng infection,” Vergeire said during a press briefing.
(Within two to three months, it can reach that peak in which 75,000 may possibly get infected.)

But the DOH Undersecretary said that it is possible to “flatten the curve” – keeping the daily number of cases at a manageable level – as long as the strict measures placed in are followed.
“Ibig sabihin pwede pa nating i-spread across many months yan if we only can implement stringent measures katulad nitong social distancing,” the Health official said.
(That means we can spread out the infections across many months if we only can implement stringent measures such as social distancing.)


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