Seven COVID-19 patients in PH recover

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 18) — Three more patients with coronavirus disease have recovered, bringing the total to seven, the Department of Health said on Wednesday.

The agency said in a statement that the fifth person to recover from the disease is a 24-year-old Filipino male from Makati City. He had travel history to the United Arab Emirates and was admitted at the Makati Medical Center on March 7. He tested negative for the infection twice and was discharged on March 15.

Meanwhile, the sixth case is a resident of Camarines Sur and one of the evacuees from the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan. He tested positive on March 10. The Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in Pampanga said his two new tests were negative.

The seventh case is a 34-year-old Filipino male from Quezon City who recently visited Australia. The patient was admitted at the Makati Medical Center on March 6 and was confirmed for COVID-19 on March 9. He tested negative once, the hospital said. He was discharged on March 15 pending results for his second test.

Road to recovery

Health Assistant Secretary Ma. Rosario Vergeire said there is no special medical "formula" for patients who recovered.

There is no cure for the viral disease yet. While research is underway, it could be more than a year before a vaccine becomes available

"Kung sino man ang naka-recover sa atin, they were only provided — in the different facilities that they were admitted to — supportive treatment po para sa kung ano man ang kanilang nararamdaman during the time they were admitted. Wala pong special formula para makarecover itong mga taong ito," she said during a Laging Handa briefing.

[Translation: Those who have recovered were given supportive treatment for the symptoms they exhibited when they were admitted. There is no special formula used.]

She added there were common denominators to the recovered COVID-19 cases in the Philippines.

"Nagkaroon tayo ng impormasyon na itong mga nagrecover started off with mild symptoms at tsaka walang underlying conditions," Vergeire said.

[Translation: We have information that those who have recovered started off with mild symptoms and they did not have preexisting conditions.]

In the Philippines, 202 have contracted COVID-19 and 17 have died because of it.

Globally, the virus has killed nearly 8,000 and infected over 198,000, while 81,960 patients recovered.

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.

The disease is spread through small droplets from the nose or mouth when people infected with the virus cough or sneeze.

To prevent infection, authorities are urging people to practice regular hand washing, cover their mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and avoid close contact with those who show respiratory symptoms.

Commonly reported COVID-19 symptoms are fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. Those with severe and critical symptoms should call the Health Department at (02) 8-651-7800 local 1149-1150.