MANILA – The Department of the Health reported the country’s second highest single-day number of recoveries even as the total number of coronavirus disease threatened to break 13k Tuesday, 19 May 2020.
Thus far, the single-day list of 145 survivors recorded last May 13 remains as it is but the 114 now stays second best number of recoveries, pushing the total to 2,843.
COVID-19 cases, meantime, moved up threateningly close to 13K at 12,942 following the new 224 admitted patients from the virus.
Of that total, the National Capital Region emerged tops anew with 174 new patients or 78% of the total while Region 7 (Central Visayas) chipped in but 7% or 17 patients.
Other regions delivered an aggregate of 33 new patients or 15% of the whole stats.
The number of fatalities dropped even more Tuesday as there were only six (6) new deaths of which many prays to reduce to nil.
Meanwhile, DOH Undersecretary Ma. Rosario Vergeire also clarified that the health department has been aiming to conduct “expanded” testing, rather than mass testing, due to the limited resources of the government.
What Is COVID-19?
A coronavirus is a kind of common virus that causes an infection in your nose, sinuses, or upper throat. Most coronaviruses aren’t dangerous.
COVID-19 is a disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 that can trigger what doctors call a respiratory tract infection. It can affect your upper respiratory tract (sinuses, nose, and throat) or lower respiratory tract (windpipe and lungs).
It spreads the same way other coronaviruses do, mainly through person-to-person contact. Infections range from mild to deadly.
SARS-CoV-2 is one of seven types of coronavirus, including the ones that cause severe diseases like Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and sudden acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
The other coronaviruses cause most of the colds that affect us during the year but aren’t a serious threat for otherwise healthy people.
More than 100 vaccine candidates are in various stages of development and testing. This process usually takes years. Researchers are speeding it up as much as they can, but it still might take 12 to 18 months to find a vaccine that works and is safe.
Main symptoms of COVID-19 include:
Shortness of breath
Chills, sometimes with shaking
Loss of smell or taste
Cases worldwide already reached 4.8M led by the United States’ 1.54M followed by Russia, with 291K; Brazil, with 255K; United Kingdom, with 246K; and Spain, 232K. (ia/SovereignPH.com)