Now, it’s the ‘Centaurus’

Now, it’s the ‘Centaurus’

Health authorities have said the government is keeping current COVID-19 protocols for the moment following the detection of what they describe as the high transmissible Omicron subvariant “Centaurus” in the Philippines, still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.

While they say the variant is more contagious although not deadlier, the health protocols are still the same, subject to continuing study by the Department of Health.

Two cases of the subvariant have been recorded in Western Visayas although authorities say they have recovered from the disease.

Still, we should not let our guard down, since “Centaurus” is said to be more transmissible and immune-evasive than the BA.5 Omicron subvariant although there is no evidence indicating that it can cause more severe infections.

Earlier on, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. assured the public that the government could still control the spread of COVID-19.

What have we seen thus far?

The Philippines has detected the country’s first two cases of the Omicron subvariant BA 2.75 dubbed as “Centaurus,” the Department of Health reported this week.

The Philippines has reported over 1,000 additional cases of the Omicron subvariant BA.5 in almost all regions.

The Department of Health gave the Ospital ng Makati the highest ranking among public hospitals in Metro Manila in terms of infection control and COVID-19 response and management.

Dates were chosen according to the reported COVID-19 new variant waves in South Africa and were advised by our in-house epidemic expert. For ease of reading, numbers were rounded up that were = 0.5 or above, or rounded down if they were below 0.5

These tests were done between January 19, 2022, and May 31, 2022

What is this Omicron COVID-19 strain?

Patients may have experienced more than one symptom, which may be interpreted as 63 percent of patients having experienced coughing.

65.4 percent of positive patients experienced symptoms and 34.6 percent reported as asymptomatic (positive but experiencing no symptoms).

Those that were testing positive for a current infection during this time period were using both Rapid Antigen and PCR tests.

In studies abroad, 14.4 percent had chronic conditions, but 85.6 percent reported that they did not have any chronic conditions.

37.1 percent reported they knew they had been exposed to COVID-19, but 62.9 percent reported they had no idea who exposed them.

And the Delta COVID-19 strain?

Studies overseas showed positive patients data had been taken from 2,554 out of a total of 18,559 people who tested (positive rate of 13.76 percent)

These tests were done between May 1, 2021, and November 18, 2021.

Patients may have experienced more than one symptom, thus when reading the graphs interpret it as 29 percent of patients experienced fever for example.

Those that were testing positive for a current infection during this time period were using both PCR and antigen testing.

The results of those antigens testing out of the total provided were: positive (713 – 13.2 percent), Negative (4,699 people – 86.7 percent).

37.6 percent of positive patients reported symptoms and 62.4 percent reported as asymptomatic.

And Beta COVID-19 strain?

Positive patient data had been taken from 2,538 out of a total of 17,737 people who tested (positive rate of 14.3 percent).

Numbers were rounded up that equaled to 0.5 or above or rounded down if they were below 0.5

These tests were done between November 1, 2020, and April 30, 2021.

Patients may have experienced more than one symptom, with 27 percent of patients experiencing fever.

Those that were testing positive for a current infection during this time period were exclusively using PCR testing.

And the original COVID-19 strain?

Positive patients data had been taken from 862 out of a total of 5,768 people who tested (positive rate of 14.94 percent)

Numbers were rounded up that = 0.5 or above or rounded down if they were below 0.5

Patients may have experienced more than one symptom, with 51 percent of patients experiencing coughing.

44.1 percent of positive patients experienced symptoms and 55.9 percent reported as asymptomatic (positive but experiencing no symptoms).

Those that were testing positive for a current infection during this time period were exclusively using PCR testing.

Last Monday, health authorities reported 3,553 new COVID-19 infections, raising the number of active cases in the country to 34,268.

In the meanwhile, the President said the government would no longer impose lockdowns but he called on Filipinos to get vaccinated so they could be protected from discovered variants. (ai/mtvn)

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