It is no doubt that COVID-19 cases in the Philippines have drastically increased since it started in February 2020. However, unlike when it started to penetrate different parts of the world, this pandemic is more manageable than before. Simply because doctors and scientists have already conducted ample research to treat patients better.
Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez believes that “understanding how COVID-19 infects the people and how it is transferred from one person to another can help increase the chance of not catching the virus.” The actor-turned-politician encourages his constituents to take note of the important things about COVID-19 as this can help protect themselves.
New Scientific Discoveries
He recalls that, initially, we thought that COVID-19 ties up with pneumonia which weakens a patient’s lung and causes death. Hospitals and doctors then thought that ventilators are the most effective way to treat a patient. Fast forward to today, scientists have proven that the virus caused blood clots in the blood vessels of the lungs and other parts of the human body which causes the reduced oxygenation. Because of this, it is proven that ventilators are not enough. Medications which helps blood thinning and clotting such as Aspirin and Heparin have become protocol treatments in June 2020.
This, along with many other facts about COVID-19, gives patients a higher chance of surviving the illness. Mayor Gomez, three-time elected as Mayor in Ormoc, stressed that “the times are changing and science is continuously innovating. By educating ourselves on the new scientific progress about COVID-19, and the new treatments that our medical experts are discovering, we can all survive this pandemic.”
Aside from keeping ourselves abreast to all the updates about COVID-19, Mayor Gomez also calls for the public to abide with the simple precautionary measures such as 6-feet social distancing, wearing of proper masks, staying at home as much as possible, and maintaining proper hygiene. These small gestures can help slow the transmission of viruses and may kill them during the process.
“Discipline starts at home. Encourage your family members to practice the basic precautionary measures to help protect each of your household members. The control to keep your family safe and healthy is literally in your hands,” Gomez added.
COVID-19 may be here to stay
Just like any other diseased and pandemics that have struck the world in the early days, COVID-19 may just be another normal sickness in due time. Sooner or later, getting infected will not be as fearful as it was in December 2019. Soon enough, medical professionals will find the cure to this virus.
“While we are waiting for the cure, we have no other choice but to keep ourselves healthy and informed. We are fighting a war against something that we don’t see. Panic, rebellion, and resistance won’t do anything good to anyone; it will only make it worst. However, knowing more information about what we are dealing with can be used to our advantage. Let’s minimize the fear and let’s promote awareness about COIVD-19,” the Mayor concluded.