Mayor Sara’s house survives COVID ‘epidemic’ – Manila Bulletin

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DAVAO CITY – Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said on Monday that 11 of 17 members of their household tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during the recent virus outbreak at their residence.

Duterte-Carpio, who recently returned from his trip to Cebu over the weekend, told Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR 87.5) that after their children showed symptoms and then tested positive, they all were swabbed.

The mayor, fully immunized with Sinopharm’s two-dose vaccine, said she was initially one of the few people who tested negative for the infection, but was due to be swabbed again after having an “itchy rash.” of the throat “, which gave a positive result last October. 9.

“I actually didn’t think it was COVID at first. I thought it was just irritation from using the Betadine spray and gargle, which I used to protect myself, ”she said.

A few days later, she experienced other mild symptoms such as loss of taste and smell.

She said losing her sense of smell was disorienting not being able to smell any scent in the air.

“I contracted COVID-19 because, of course, there are personalities in our residence who are not vaccinated. They are our children. They got sick with COVID-19. We took care of them, everyone took care of them, until the adults got the infection, ”she said.

She said unvaccinated members of the population are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 because they lack immunity to vaccines, which would have prevented infection.

She said some of them needed hospital care, one of which needed oxygen support to breathe.

“It’s a good thing they were able to pull through. Thank you to our frontline workers, doctors, nurses, medical technologists for their patience, especially for the children as it was difficult to explain to them the tests that had to be performed on them, ”she added.

Duterte added that it is important to step up testing to detect possible outbreaks inside households and isolate those that are positive.

“The tests are very important, otherwise you won’t be able to separate the positive people because some of them have no symptoms from the start to the end of their isolation,” she said.

The Department of Health (DOH) -Davao reported 49 new cases in Davao City, bringing the total number of cases to 52,899 as of October 24, with 2,802 active, 48,429 recovered and 1,668 deaths.


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