84% of COVID-19 cases in Caraga asymptomatic–DOH

The Department of Health in Caraga reported that 27 out of 32 confirmed COVID-19 positive patients in the region, or about 84 percent of them were asymptomatic. PHOTO/HEALS 911 ֺ

Most of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients in Caraga region are not experiencing the signs and symptoms of the dreaded viral respiratory illness, the Department of Health (DOH) regional office reported.

The DOH Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU) said on Thursday that about 84 percent of the persons who tested positive for the novel coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2 that causes respiratory disease in the region, were asymptomatic.

Asymptomatic cases refer to those who are yet to show symptoms of COVID-19, such as difficulty in breathing, dry cough, or cold, according to the DOH.

Dr. Gerna Manatad, chief of the DOH-RESU, said Caraga, which is still under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), has 32 COVID-19 cases since the virus broke out in the country, of which 27 were asymptomatic.

At least eight of the confirmed COVID-19 patients have already recovered, she said.

Meanwhile, the region has 15 active probable cases of COVID-19 and 17 active suspect cases. CLC


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