- On April 11, the Department of Health (DOH) announced the new classification system for people being checked for coronavirus disease 2019
- The DOH, aiming for a uniformed reporting, will now use “suspect”, “probable”, and “confirmed” to categorize patients
- The terms “patients under monitoring” and “patients under investigation” will no longer be used
- They also gave details on how the patients will be categorized using the new classification system
The Department of Health announced on April 11, Saturday, the new classification system that will categorize patients being checked for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
According to the health department, people under watch for the disease will soon be called “suspect”, “probable”, and “confirmed” cases, removing the terms “patients under monitoring” and “patients under investigation” from the classification.
The aim of the new classification is to uphold a uniformed reporting nationwide.
According to a report by ABS-CBN News, patients will be classified with the following factors:
A patient will be classified as "suspect" if they fall under any of the three:
1. Patient has the following symptoms:
- Fever of at least 38 degrees C
- Throat Pain
And either of the two:
- Has travel history or lives in community with local COVID-19 transmission within 14 days since start of symptoms
- Had close contact with a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case within 14 days since start of symptoms
2. Patient has the following symptoms:
- Difficulty breathing
And is any of the following:
- 60 years old and above
- Has preexisting condition
- Has sensitive pregnancy
- A health worker
3. Patient experiences sudden onset of lung illness with severe symptoms of unknown origin and needs hospitalization
A person will be classified as "probable" if he/she was earlier tagged as a "suspect" and has the following:
- still undetermined COVID-19 results
- test was not done in an official laboratory with RT-PCR test (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction, considered the “gold standard” in COVID-19 testing)
- remains untested
A person will be considered a confirmed COVID-19 case if RT-PCR testing shows positive result for coronavirus.
As of April 10, around 4,195 COVID-19 cases have been recorded nationwide, with 140 recovering and 221 dead from the disease since the start of the pandemic.
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At present, the Philippines is under a state of calamity while the entire Luzon is under an enhanced community quarantine due to the coronavirus disease outbreak.
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