By Noreen Jazul
The Department of Health (DOH) said it will classify patients suspected of the 2019 novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD) into patients under monitoring and patients under investigation to avoid confusion.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said patients under monitoring are usually those who were in contact with a person suspected of 2019-nCoV ARD.
“Iyong sa count natin kasi tumalon ito ng 80 because of the results of the contact tracing, that’s why it led to a significant increase in patients under investigation and under monitoring,” Duque told CNN Philippines Tuesday.
When patients under monitoring “develop” symptoms of the disease, they will be classified to patients under investigation, according to Duque.
Duque also clarified that the term “patients” doesn’t necessarily mean that the persons being monitored or investigated are nCoV patients, “unless tests are done.”
As of February 4, 80 persons are under investigation of the DOH. Out of the 80, 30 tested negative, while 48 are still pending results of their tests.#