Wed, 25 Nov 2020

Strong immune system key to fight Covid, health official says

Philippine Information Agency
23 Oct 2020, 17:38 GMT+10

MAASIN CITY, Oct. 23 (PIA) -- The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic rampaging in this city is contagious, infectious, but it is mild, and can even be fought back with a physical body shielded by a strong immune system, according to Dr. Francilisa Tan, city health officer.

To illustrate her point, Dr. Tan said there are families turning out positive in recent days, but there is one member that turned out negative of the virus after undergoing the RT-PCR tests.

Dr. Tan was speaking as a resource person in the family development session (FDS), a monthly activity of the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps) Wednesday, Oct. 21, using the media forum/Kapihan sa PIA portal carried through livestream feed at the PIA Southern Leyte FB Page, with replay at radio station DYDM on Friday.

Risa Basalio, 4Ps provincial link, and Michelle Sabandal, 4Ps grievance officer, had forged an arrangement with PIA Infocen Manager Erna Gorne for the monthly FDS to have an alternate venue so their members can still listen -- and watch if they have gadgets -- in order to avoid the face-to-face gathering with the current surge in the number of confirmed cases in the city.

Aside from Dr. Tan, the maiden FDS on-air and FB live streaming also had a parent leader, Eufemia Cupas of barangay Combado, as guest, with Basalio and Sabandal acting as hosts.

Tan claimed that the infected persons are now more than a hundred having no history of travel, the virus spreading not out of exposure to LSIs but from family members, friends, and co-workers who got those from somewhere else, from other carriers.

However, as shown by a family or two who had one member turning negative, Covid cannot penetrate bodies with strong immune systems.

"So we must maintain a healthy lifestyle, proper diet, exercise to boost our immune system and to shield us from Covid," Dr. Tan said.

She added that Covid, despite its being infectious and contagious, is preventable, even if there is still no vaccine and there is still no specific medication for those infected.

And since Covid acts more like a common flu, the treatment is based on the condition of those in the isolation sites, like paracetamol for those who have fever, antacid for itchy throats, and pain reliever for body pains, Tan shared.

Tan urged captive Pantawid viewers and listeners to always practice the minimum health protocol the BIDA way, that is, bawal walang mask, iwas hawak sa mukha at mga bagay, i-sanitize mga kamay, distansiya sa ibang tao, at alamin ang totoong impormasyon.

"Let us all pray," Tan emphasized, in addition to keeping one's body trim and healthy as immune booster against Covid. (ldl/mmp/PIA-Southern Leyte)

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