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Task force discourages home quarantine for mild, asymptomatic COVID-19 cases

/ 04:57 AM July 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The government is now discouraging people with mild cases of COVID-19 or infected but showing no symptoms from self-confinement due to the risk of spreading the coronavirus to members of their families.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, cochair of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, announced the policy shift on Sunday, citing the dangers of self-isolation in mild and asymptomatic cases of COVID-19.

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“We are now discouraging home quarantine. The danger of home quarantine is contracting the disease. There is a bigger danger that the disease will spread among family members,” Nograles said in a radio interview.

Pressure on hospitals

Earlier, the Department of Health (DOH), trying to ease pressure on the country’s health-care system, said mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 cases could self-isolate, but they should have their own room, bathroom, and have no contact with members of their families.

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All of the large hospitals in Metro Manila have reported nearing capacity due to a surge in coronavirus infections in recent days.

Home quarantine is longer than the normal 14-day isolation prescribed by health authorities. It is 28 days and the self-confined patient is closely monitored by barangay health officers.

The government has built makeshift quarantines for mild and asymptomatic COVID-19 cases in large venues for public events like the Philippine International Convention Center, Rizal Memorial Stadium, and World Trade Center.

These quarantines have a combined capacity of 3,193 beds, of which 1,235 or 38.76 percent were occupied as of July 10.

Local governments have also built their own quarantines for such cases, with a combined capacity of 70,029 beds, of which 17,806 or 25.43 percent were occupied as of the same date.

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