The whole of Cebu is probably keeping its fingers crossed following the Department of Health (DOH) 7’s announcement that it may be on its way towards flattening the curve since it has reported a low number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the last two weeks.
Since the beginning of August 2020, the health department has recorded a daily average of 23 new Covid-19 cases in Cebu City. It also noted a drop in cases in the cities of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu and the rest of Cebu Province.
However, this doesn’t mean that Cebu is already out of the woods. The risk of resurgence remains high and real.
In Cebu City, the majority of coastal barangays are densely populated. It only takes one careless and irresponsible individual with the disease to infect an entire community.
There is also the possibility that Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease, will mutate, thus rendering the tools that health authorities have developed to fight the current version ineffective.
Just days after it reported that it had gone more than 100 days without a single locally transmitted case of Covid-19 on Aug. 10, New Zealand, a country of about 4.8 million, recorded 14 new cases.
It expects the outbreak to grow further before it slows down.
Vietnam, which lifted lockdowns after it saw the number of cases fall, has also seen a rise in new infections.
Some health experts in both countries have raised the possibility that the virus never went away. That it may have been circulating in the community before it was detected.
The same can be said for Cebu, which continues to record new daily cases.
Mary Jean Loreche, DOH 7 spokesperson, told SunStar Cebu the public should not be complacent even though the current statistics show progress.
According to her, the number of cases can go up again unless “properly managed and controlled.”
A return to the old way of life is not on the table. At least, not until a cure or a vaccine for Covid-19 is found.