Disease Prevention and Control Cluster Head Dr. Jennifer Joyce Pira, in a media briefing Monday, reported there are four PUIs in Cordillera, three females and one male with ages ranging from 2 to 58 years old. Confirmatory test from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine showed that three turned out negative while result for one is still waited.
The PUIs are in stable condition and continue to be strictly monitored in health facilities and upon further processing of their health condition, those who tested negative from nCoV can be released or allowed to go home, Pira said.
At the national level, Pira shared that as of February 7 (12noon) official data of the Health Department, there are 215 PUIs with three confirmed 2019 - nCoV ARD cases, of which one is still admitted, one has been discharged and one had died.
Of the 215 listed PUIs, 57 have tested negative and 155 are awaiting results, 184 are currently admitted and isolated, nine have refused admission and 17 have been discharged under strict monitoring. Two have died of other health causes, she added.
Pira calls on people not to panic and stay healthy. She advises to keep yourself warm, eat healthy meals and keep your immune system at its optimum. Practice proper hygiene and hand washing, as well as proper cough/sneezing etiquette, not only as a preventive measure on the n – CoV ARD but also for the other virus that may be present in the surroundings.
Pira also reiterated the health department’s public advisory for the judicious use of masks to prevent the shortage of surgical and N95 masks.
People in good health do not need to use face masks, Use of surgical face masks is only recommended for persons caring for the sick or person with respiratory infection/symptoms such as coughing, sneezing and fever, and health care providers and other frontline workers. N95 masks must be reserved for healthcare and other frontline workers, Pira shared.
Masks should also be used in combination with frequent hand hygiene with alcohol – based hand rubs or soap/water, she added. (JDP/CCD/PIA CAR)
By Carlito C. Dar