Majority of COVID-19 cases in Davao Region are asymptomatic-DOH
DAVAO CITY, June 18 (PIA) – The Department of Health Davao Center for Health Development (DOH DCHD) has reported that, as of June 17, 2020, a total of 96 cases out of 118 active cases are asymptomatic or do not display any signs and symptoms of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Based on the data reported, the DOH DCHD Assistant Regional Director Dr. Lenny Joy Rivera reported that the increase of asymptomatic cases in the Davao Region is a good indicator that the disease can be managed due to a reduced risk of local transmission.
“Based on the data that we have gathered, most of the new cases are asymptomatic and this means that there is a reduced chance for infection since we all know that the transmission of the virus is through droplets which are prevalent in patients who are symptomatic,” Dr. Rivera said.
Dr. Rivera also discussed how the significant increase in asymptomatic COVID-19 cases in the Davao Region is also going to positively affect the number of recoveries of active cases.
“We have to look at the recoveries – recoveries of patients are much faster now since most of the active cases are asymptomatic … so it means we can easily manage the patients,” Dr. Rivera discussed.
As of June 17, 2020, there is already a total of 290 recoveries or 66% out of the total number of COVID-19 cases in Region XI.
DOH DCHD Assistant Regional Director discussed how the increase in asymptomatic patients is due to the efforts in adapting public health safety measures throughout the Davao Region.
“The load of the viral infection for asymptomatic patients is less and this is because of precautionary or preventive measures that we are applying is successful,” Dr. Rivera added. (KPLCaro/PIA XI)