The Increasing Numbers of Infected Cases in Manila Calls for a Cause of Mass Testing
It is shocking that the National Capital Region (NCR), has 8,245 cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a doubling duration (the span needed for the number of cases to double) of 5.53 days as of May 18, which was confirmed by the Department of Health (DOH).
During the online hearing of the House of Representatives Committee on Metro Manila Growth, the Department of Health said that out of the 8,245 victims, 1,938 have healed, 608 have died, 4,967 are considered mild cases; 676 are asymptomatic, 37 are considered moderate cases, and 19 are considered severe.
Along with this is Quezon City that is currently has the most reported cases with 1,812 cases led by the City of Manila (1,022 cases), Paranaque City (569 cases), Mandaluyong City (548 cases), Makati City (544 cases), Pasig City (430 cases), Taguig City (360 cases), Pasay City (304 cases) and Caloocan City (300 cases).
While, there are 273 cases in San Juan Region, preceded by Muntinlupa City with 235 cases, Las Pinas City (220 cases), Marikina City (160 cases, Valenzuela City (159 cases), Malabon City (87 cases), Navotas City (66 cases) and Pateros Municipality (32).
DOH confirmed that there are 1,124 validity cases too and along with this, only Quezon City is believed to be in the acceleration process of the Metro Manila epidemic, while the others are in the period of deceleration.
Of the 1,674 reported cases in the medical sector, 578 are technically nurses; 513 are physicians; 103 are nursing aids; 51 are medical technicians; 21 are respiratory therapists; and 15 are midwives, among others.
The increasing numbers as days go by is threatening the country with worry and might be a cause for option of mass testing to help in reducing the transmission and improvement of disease both for symptomatic and asymptomatic patients.
Through this case, may we never forget that prevention is always better than cure.