DOH Tags Patient As “Recovered”, Still Found Positive After – Netizen
DOH NEW SYSTEM – The Department of Health (DOH) tags a patient as “recovered” after completing 14 days of quarantine. But, this is without confirmatory swab tests for the disease.
This would be the third time the DOH changed its reporting system for COVID-19. Yesterday, the Philippines saw an unprecedented all-time high case of coronavirus with 3,954 infections.
So, in an attempt to soften up the numbers, the DOH decided to tag asymptomatic patients who have completed their quarantine as “recovered”. Due to this, the health department reported a massive 38,075 recoveries in a single day.
Following the announcement, a netizen claimed that the QC Health Office called to notify that he/she was considered “recovered”. Sadly, after getting the results of the tests, it still came up positive.
“QC Health Office called to notify me that I am now considered a “recovered” patient since I already completed the 14-day mandatory quarantine. They pronounced it sans testing. I got tested today. Still positive. Imagine if I followed that advice and went home.“
Meanwhile, other netizens explained that if a person got a test today and got the results immediately, chances are it would be a rapid antibody test. As such, netizens said that the results would likely be positive.
Still, the underlying issue the DOH faced in treating asymptomatic cases as “recovered” without a final test. This could potentially lead to an asymptomatic super-spreader of the disease. In lieu of this, Senator Chiz Escudero called out Health Sec. Francisco Duque III.
“After recording the highest one-day covid+ new cases of 3,954, DOH reports a 38,075 “mass recovery adjustment” to include mild/asymptomatic cases… This is “only in the Philippines” & is intolerable & insulting! PRRD: Sir, please fire Sec. Duque!!! You/we/I deserve better po!!!”