DOH: Blood Transfusion Not One Of COVID-19 Transmissions

DOH: Blood Transfusion Not One Of COVID-19 Transmissions

DOH – The Department of Health (DOH) recently clarified that COVID-19 cannot be transmitted via blood transfusion.

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This was a statement from Health Undersecretary Rosario Vergeire, according to a report from GMA News.

This followed after Senator Sonny Angara who recovered from the disease, was tested positive from COVID-19.

The senator was about to donate his blood plasma for the second time when his doctors made him take another test after the result of an initial antibody test, which confirmed that he is once again positive from the viral disease.

The blood plasma from recovered patients were used as part of the treatment against COVID-19.

“Kailangan po natin tandaan na ang main transmission ng COVID-19 ay through the respiratory system. Naipapasa po ang virus sa isang tao sa pamamagitan ng droplets na nangyayari kapag in-close contact,”

“Wala pong any evidence or publication na nagsasabi na puwede makahawa sa pamamagitan ng blood transfusion,”

Vergeire added that the virus may still be present in the bodies of recovered patients. However, it does not mean that they are infectious.

She added that the health department did not made a recommendation regarding the the downgrading of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the National Capital Region and high-risk areas to general community quarantine (GCQ) yet.

As per the report, unlike ECQ, GCQ allows limited mass transport but it did not include jeepneys where physical distancing is not observed.

“Hindi ko pa masagot kasi nasa IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) po ang kapangyarihan tungkol rito. Pero gusto ko lang po sabihin na ang magiging basehan po ay ang [COVID-19] case doubling time, at ang critical care utilization rate ng ating hospitals,”

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