Low COVID-19 death rate not due to better case management, expert says

Aileen Cerrudo

An infectious disease specialist clarified that the low death rate on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases is not because of better case management, contrary to the report of the Department of Health (DOH).

Dr. Rontgene Solano said the number of elderly and immunocompromised individuals that are infected of the COVID-19 virus lowered which affected the country’s death rate.

The DOH previously said that the management of COVID-19 patients improved which lowered the death rate in the country.

“Bumababa na po ang trend ng mga pumapanaw sa ating bansa dahil sa COVID-19. Ang ibig pong sabihin nito, mas mahusay na po ang pagma-manage natin ng mga pasyente kaya mas nakaka-recover na po sila (The death rate in the country due to COVID-19 is declining. This means our management of COVID-19 patients is improving that is why they are recovering),” according to DOH Spokesperson Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire.

Solano said that due to the community quarantine, majority of senior citizens and immunocompromised individuals rarely go outside which lower their risk of getting infected.

“Less na rin iyong matatanda na na-admit because of COVID kasi siguro because of the social distancing at quarantine hindi naman sila nakakalabas (The number of elderly getting admitted due to COVID-19 is already fewer maybe because of the social distancing and quarantine, they rarely go outside),” he said.

Meanwhile, despite the low death rate, Solano also advise the public to still remain vigilant in order to prevent a second wave of the virus.

“There will be second wave or third wave [dapat] ready tayo (we should be ready) because we cannot just take off our guard,” he said.

“COVID-19 will not disappear in the next months, it will take years,” he added. –AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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