January 31, 2023

The downtrend in Covid-19 infections could be attributed to the public’s hybrid immunity against the disease, an infectious disease expert said.

“We have deve-loped some form of population immunity. We get it from those who got infected and have developed antibodies against BA5 and from those vaccinated and received booster,” Dr. Rontgene Solante, head of the Adult Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the San Lazaro Hospital,  said in a briefing.

The country has overcome the “worst of BA4 and BA5 sub-variants wave” and its hospital utilization rate has remained low, he added.

The country’s average daily cases range from 1,000 to 1,500 unlike three months ago when it reached over 2,000 infections.

The country recorded 1,241 new cases on Nov. 9, which brought the overall tally to 4,012,868.

Apart from the National Capital Region, decrease in                                             cases was seen in highly populated cities like Bacolod, Cebu, Davao, and Iloilo.

When asked about the possible effect of the All Saints’ Day celebration on the Covid-19 numbers, Solante said it would manifest on the second or third week of November as the incubation of the virus takes seven to 10 days.

“It’s difficult to predict kung anong mangyayari sa December because maraming factor na tayong kino-consider. Sana hindi makapasok ang bagong subvariants ng Omicron gaya ng BQ1,” he said.

Solante advised the public not to be complacent in December and to continue wearing face masks during Christmas gatherings, especially indoors, to avoid virus transmission. – PNA