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DOH new classification for COVID-19

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BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – The Department of Health has a new classification system for individuals for COVID-19 or COVID-19-related cases.

The new classification consists of only three: Suspect, Probable, and Confirmed.

New DOH classification of individuals on COVID or COVID-related cases.
New DOH classification of individuals on COVID or COVID-related cases.

“Suspect” are formerly Persons under Investigation under the old classification system. These are the ones that develop “mild, severe, or critical” symptoms but have not yet undergone testing.

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“Probable” are cases where test results for COVID-19 are inconclusive; while “confirmed” are those who tested positive for COVID-19.

Suspected cases are those with flu like symptoms, including a 38-degree fever, and cough, with a travel history to any of the places where there is local transmission of the COVID-19 in the last 14 days before symptoms started manifesting.

Suspect cases could also be those who developed a sudden cough or respiratory infection, requiring hospitalization, with no known cause that could fully explain the symptoms.

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A person can also be considered as a suspect case if he/she has fever, cough, or shortness of breathing, and are any of the following: those aged 60 and above, has existing conditions, has a delicate pregnancy, or is a health worker.

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Hannah A. Papasin
Hannah A. Papasinhttp://facebook.com/hannah.mariveles
Writer. Critic. Professor. She started writing since primary school and now has two published textbooks on communication. A film buff, she's a Communication, Media Literacy and Journalism Professor of the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod, and has a Master's Degree in English.
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