The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. On January 30, 2020, the Department of Health reported the first case of COVID-19 in the country with a 38-year-old female Chinese national. On March 7th, the first local transmission of COVID-19 was confirmed. Months since then, the country’s COVID-19 cases are nearing 400,000.
Signs and symptoms of illness from COVID-19 include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Early symptoms of exposure to the virus are similar to that of the flu.
Ache and pain
Loss of taste or smell
Rash on skin
On average, it takes five to six days from infection for symptoms to start appearing. It can, however, take up to 14 days. Over 80% of current COVID-19 patients in the Philippines exhibit mild or no symptoms, which is why proactive testing is advised.