According to the Philippine General Hospital, more children have been observed to contract Covid19.
“We are seeing a little trend of younger patients coming in,” said PGH spokesman Jonas del Rosario. “In pediatric ICU [intensive care unit], we have about six patients who have Covid.”
Children from infants to teenagers may have gotten the virus from adults in their household, Del Rosario said, and indicates that the Delta variant contains a higher viral load compared to others. He added that younger people also need to be protected with vaccines, although they are not yet allowed.
PGH is more or less prepared to handle the incoming surge as 85% of their frontliners are fully jabbed. Although some of them have still been infected, Del Rosario said that most are mild cases and none were listed as severe or critical.
The state-run hospital has seen a “very steady” increase in the last 10 days, with the number of admissions peaking at 154 last Tuesday.
Suggested head – Entrep adviser says latest ECQ should be the last
Presidential adviser for entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, while conceding that the latest two-week lockdown was vital to stem the Covid19 Delta variant’s spread, it should be the last one.
He, along with Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Benhur Abalos, said that everyone has to contribute to avoid allowing the capital region getting overrun with Delta variant cases.
Previously, Concepcion said that the business sector was open to a two-week lockdown this month to protect activity and profits in the fourth quarter and allow businesses to recover. However, he also said that vaccinations must continue at top speed to achieve herd immunity.
“With aggressive rollouts, we’ll be able to vaccinate 50% of NCR population within the next month and hopefully achieve herd immunity by the end of the year or early next year,” he said. “That is why we have to continue to vaccinate a greater number of people and it should not stop, especially this ECQ.”
University of Santo Tomas professor Fr. Nicanor Austriaco said that achieving herd immunity was also necessary to “uncouple infection, deaths and hospitalizations”, and that this must be done “at every level of the society.”
Epidemiologist and senior technical adviser and head of Epimetrics Inc., Dr. John Wong said that to ensure citizens’ access to jabs, they must ensure availability, acceptability, accommodation, affordability and accessibility.
ECQ may also extend, according to Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases co-chair Sec. Karlo Nograles, but that these depended on the daily attack rate, two-week growth rate, hospital care utilization rate, quantity of ventilation and oxygen supply in hospitals, among others.