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Baka infected rin! Precious Castelo, Mike Defensor urge DOH: Test pneumonia patients for COVID-19

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Two lawmakers have urged the Department of Health (DOH) to subject all patients with pneumonia to testing for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) amid eeports that many poor patients are dying of pneumonia without finding out if they had the virus.

Anakalusugan party-list Rep. Mike Defensor and Quezon City Rep. Precious Castelo said that if a pneumonia patient were not tested for COVID-19, there’s a chance that those who had contact with him or her also contracted the virus without their knowledge.

If they had it, we can do contact tracing and isolate those who have been exposed. Obviously, we cannot do that if we don’t do the test,” Defensor said.

Castelo said she received information that some poor patients in Quezon City had died of pneumonia and were not subjected to COVID-19 est.

She urged the city government and barangay officials to closely monitor those with pneumonia and coronavirus disease symptoms like severe cough and fever.

“We need to intervene. We need to be cautious. We need to quarantine the family. We need to do contact tracing. We have to do all those to stop the cycle of infection. Otherwise, we might be the next Italy,” she said.