By Analou De Vera
The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday said that not all patients afflicted with coronavirus disease 2019 have to be admitted in medical facilities.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms or those who are asymptomatic may be allowed to undergo quarantine in their respective homes.
“Sa ngayon po pwede na po tayong mag-pauwi na may meron mild symptoms at saka walang sintomas na COVID positve cases as long as masisiguro po natin na ang uuwian po ng ating pasyente ay sigurado po syang may self isolation or facility para makapagself isolate sya. Ibig sabihin, meron po syang sariling kwarto,” said Vergeire in a press briefing.
(That’s why we can now send patients home, those who are manifesting mild symptoms or asymptomatic but are COVID-19 positive, as long as we are sure that they would undergo self-isolation, or there’s a facility for self-isolation, wherever they’re going to. Meaning, he should have his own room)
Aside from having their own room which will serve as an isolation area, the patient must also ensure that he or she will have minimal interaction with family members.
“Pangatlo, kailangan siguraduhin na walang nakakatanda o walang may underlying condition sa kanilang bahay,” said Vergeire.
(Third, the patient should not have any elderly companion or anybody with underlying condition in the home)
“Isa po sa layunin ng pamahalaan ngayon ay hindi maghalo ang aysmptomatic cases doon po sa may mga severe cases and vulnerable population natin. Ito pong mga hakbang na sinasagawa natin kasama po ang local government units ay kasama po sa ating mga protocol,” she added.
(One of the objectives of the government now is not to mix the asymptomatic cases with the severe cases and our vulnerable population. These steps we are taking with the local government units are part of our protocol)
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte reported on Sunday that three COVID-19 patients in their area were sent home. Belmonte noted that the three patients were “fortunately showing just very, very mild symptoms.”