January 29, 2023

Baguio City’s coronavirus disease-2019 (Covid-19) recovery rate has been pegged at 50 percent as of May 4, with the recent recuperation of a nurse, the 15th person to have hurdled the disease out of the city’s 30 confirmed cases.

The fatality rate is at three percent or one death out of the 30 patients.

“This means that when one contracts the virus, she or he has a three percent chance of dying,” Dr. Donnabel Panes, head of the City Epidemiology Surveillance Unit of the City Health Services Office said during the management committee meeting chaired by Mayor Benjamin Magalog on May 4.

Panes presented the epidemiology of the city’s Covid-19 cases done jointly by the CHSO and the University of the Philippines to establish the distribution and determinants of the cases in the city.

As per the report, the patients’ distribution as per case classification of the Department of Health is three percent for confirmed cases, suspect cases – 89 percent, and probable – eight percent.

Panes noted most of those infected were of working age or within the age groups of 30 to 40 and 40 to 50 years old and that there were more female patients than males.

As to the clinical classifications of the cases, 40 percent had mild symptoms, 37 percent moderate symptoms, 20 percent asymptomatic, and three percent death.

On the presence of co-morbid conditions, 63 percent of the patients had pre-existing conditions and 37 percent had none. Four had diabetes, three had hypertension, and nine had other one health problem each.

Forty-three percent of the patients had exposure at a health facility, 37 percent had history of travel in National Capital Region, 10 percent had travel abroad, and 10 percent had no travel history.

Magalong said the data will help guide them in the adoption and fine-tuning of the control measures being implemented to combat the disease. – Aileen P. Refuerzo