PALO, Leyte, June 20 (PIA) -- The Department of Health in Eastern Visayas (DOH-8) warned that if the trend continues, there is a big possibility that COVID-19 cases in the region will double in two-weeks’ time.
In an Advisory, DOH-8 said when that happens, the health systems might be overwhelmed as patients will either be in a hospital or at a quarantine facility for 14 days which will also deplete resouces especially Human Resource.
To prevent this scenario from happening, the health department in the region is calling for everyone’s cooperation. Adherence by everyone to health protocols is a must.
Adhere to the strict isolation and quarantine protocols. Those who have symptoms must isolate themselves and quarantine those who are asymptomatic but with known exposure. Those who belong to the vulnerable group or elderly, high-risk pregnancy and persons with comorbidities or pre-existing conditions, must be admitted to a health facility.
In order to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19, and to break the chain of transmission, everyone must be cautious, practice minimum health standards and adapt to the “New Normal” by practicing frequent hand washing with soap and water for 20 seconds, proper wearing of facemask, observing physical distancing for at least one meter, proper cough etiquette, and avoiding crowded places and mass gatherings or physical close interaction.