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.
“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.
“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.
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.