Iza Calzado in hospital for pneumonia, waits for COVID-19 test results

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 25) — Actress Iza Calzado said she has taken a COVID-19 test and is waiting for results as she remains in the hospital battling pneumonia.

Calzado talked about her condition on Instagram Wednesday, also thanking the health workers who attended to her. The actress is best known for her stint in the show "Encantadia."

"It’s been a challenging time for me but it cannot compare to the frontliners who have cared for me and to whom I am so grateful,” she said in her post. "My heart goes out to everyone in these trying times, especially those who risk their lives every day to care for their loved ones."

Pneumonia is one of the severe symptoms of the viral disease that has already claimed the lives of nearly 40 people in the country.

COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, which is related to the virus that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, but is not as deadly, with the fatality rate standing at around three percent.

According to the World Health Organization, 80 percent of patients only experience “mild illness” and eventually recover. It added that some 14 percent experience severe illness while five percent were critically ill.

There are 26 people in the country who have already been cured of the disease.