The Philippines is now entering its 3rd week of the official enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and we are now closing in on almost 4,000 confirmed cases with more than 160 deaths. In terms of facts about the disease are concerned, nothing remarkably new has been discovered except for the fact that the virus might linger in the air longer than expected, aside from surviving in inanimate objects.
Quick Check Guide*
1. In terms of signs and symptoms, people should watch out for:
Cough, Fever (>37.9 degrees Centigrade), Shortness of Breath or Difficulty of Breathing, and Diarrhea
2. Check for possible exposure:
Traveling, Commuting or Gathering in a Group or Close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19
3. Check if Symptoms occurred within 14 days of exposure.
4. Check if you have a Medical History of other chronic systemic illness such as:
Lung Disease, Hypertension, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, Allergies or Skin Disease, HIV, Cancer, etc.
What to Do
- If you said Yes to Questions 1-3, but symptoms are mild, you can self-quarantine for at least 2 weeks unless symptoms become progressively worse.
- If you have no signs and symptoms (No to Question 1) but with exposure (Yes to Question 2), you will have to self-quarantine for 2 weeks for monitoring (PUM-person under monitoring).
- If you said Yes to Questions 1-4, meaning you also have a chronic illness, you will need COVID-19 Testing and more investigation (PUI-person under investigation). Hospital admission is dependent on severity of signs and symptoms.
*Based on the attached DOH Algorithm:
Please call our Care Coordinators for referral to medical facilities for testing. During this ECQ, our iDoc priority telephone numbers are:
LANDLINE 02 83709242 and 02 83709243
GLOBE 0917 1764847
SMART. 0908 8907955