DOST: VCO showing 'promising' effects on mild COVID-19 patients

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 21) — The Department of Science and Technology said the use of virgin coconut oil (VCO) in the treatment of COVID-19 has shown promising results in patients with mild symptoms.

Speaking at the Laging Handa briefing Tuesday, DOST Secretary Fortunato "Boy" de la Peña said they have conducted trials to see how effective VCO could be in combatting the virus.

"Ongoing po ang trials. 'Yung sa PGH (Philippine General Hospital) ngayon ay hindi pa nag-uumpisa, pero ‘yung sa Sta. Rosa (Community Hospital) ongoing bagama’t madalang pa rin ang dating ng pasyente kasi ito ‘yung mga mild cases. Pero ‘yung karamihan nung mga inumpisahang bigyan ng VCO doon ay nakauwi na, kasi nga mga mild cases sila," he said.

[Translation: The trials are ongoing. The one at the PGH has yet to begin but the one in Sta. Rosa is ongoing, although patients are scarce because these are mild cases. However, most of those who were given VCO have gone home, because again, they were mild cases.]

De la Peña, however, said they want more patients to participate in the study in order have a more comprehensive conclusion. But he said the fact that so many have been released from hospital was a good indication, adding that these patients are still being administered VCO at home.

"Kasi ang methodology doon sa ating trial sa Sta. Rosa, sila ay 28 days bibigyan ng VCO sa tatlong meals nila at kailangan susukatin ang kundisyon nila from day zero, as they enter or as they participate, day 14, and day 28," said de la Peña.

[Translation: The methodology at the trials in Sta. Rosa, (is that) they will be given VCO during their three meals and their condition must be monitored and measured from day zero, as they enter or as they participate, (then) day 14, and day 28.]

READ: Virgin coconut oil trials for PGH COVID-19 patients approved 

The DOST announced in early April it will begin looking into the possible benefits of virgin coconut oil on COVID-19 patients.