Patients with mild or no symptoms were tagged as “recovered”, according to DOH.
The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday reported that COVID-19 patients who had mild or no symptoms were tagged as “recovered” 14 days from the date of their onset of symptoms or by date of specimen collection.
This, after the Department of Health issued Memorandum No. 2020-0258 as endorsed by its clinical practice guidelines and its technical advisory groups.
The Department of Health’s data team on July 15 implemented its “mass recovery” adjustment where all asymptomatic and mild cases had been re-tagged as “recovered” with endorsement from respective regional offices resulting to around 5,000 new recoveries.
In a statement posted on its official Facebook page, the Department of Health stated that the current recovery policies showed that the risk of transmitting the coronavirus disease to other people was “significantly reduced” at the 10th day of illness.
As such, its clinical recovery protocol was followed by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC), European Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and India.
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In addition, the interim guidelines provided that for COVID-19 patients with no symptoms, they must follow the “14-day isolation management protocols” in clinical practice guidelines, calculated from the day of RT-PCR testing, with day 1 as the “date after specimen collection”.
Moreover, the Department of Health said that a patient can be tagged as “recovered” after completing 14-day isolation period upon the assessment of a licensed physician.
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