Ex-NTF adviser questions new quarantine rules for int’l travelers

1/29/2022 8:45:00 AM

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Health reform advocate and former National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 medical adviser Dr. Anthony “Tony” Leachon, in an interview over DZMM TeleRadyo said that it is not yet the right time to relax and loosen the country’s COVID-19 protocols.

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(Unsplash)Health reform advocate and former National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 medical adviser Dr. Anthony “Tony” Leachon, in an interview over DZMM TeleRadyo on Saturday, Jan. 29., said that it is not yet the right time to relax and loosen the country’s COVID-19 protocols.

“Pwede ba yun? Ganun ba kabilis tayo mag decide na hindi muna [tayo nag consult] sa mga medical communities para at least manlang makakuha ka ng mas maraming opinyon (Is that possible? Is it that quick for us to decide not to consult with the medical communities first so that you can at least get more opinions),” Leachon stated.

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kung ano man ang position o action ng gobyerno, maaasahan nang talagang kokontra yang doktor na yan. normal na yan. Fired NTF against COVID-19 Former meaning HINDI NA XA RELEVANT. Bitter. 😝😝😝 FIRED Leachon does not know anything

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1. (Unsplash) Health reform advocate and former National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 medical adviser Dr. Nograles said that international arriving passengers should have the following proof of COVID-19 vaccination: – World Health Organization international certificates of vaccination and prophylaxis – VaxCertPH – National/state digital certificate of the government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement unless otherwise permitted by the Inter-Agency Task Force Meanwhile, unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or individuals whose vaccination status cannot be independently validated will be required to present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin. Anthony “Tony” Leachon, in an interview over DZMM TeleRadyo on Saturday, Jan. South Korean officials say their early analysis suggests Omicron spreads more than twice as fast as the Delta variant, which spiked the country’s hospitalizations and fatalities during a devastating winter surge, but is also significantly less likely to cause serious illness or death. 29. They will also be required to undergo home quarantine until the 14th day after their arrival., said that it is not yet the right time to relax and loosen the country’s COVID-19 protocols. “So, ang ginawa po natin, magda-download lang po muna tayo ng sapat na pondo amounting to around P130 million para ma-accommodate po ‘yung initial na 25,000 affected na workers,” she added.

“Pwede ba yun? Ganun ba kabilis tayo mag decide na hindi muna [tayo nag consult] sa mga medical communities para at least manlang makakuha ka ng mas maraming opinyon (Is that possible? Is it that quick for us to decide not to consult with the medical communities first so that you can at least get more opinions),” Leachon stated. Nograles said that children below 12 years old who cannot be vaccinated shall follow the quarantine protocols of parents or the accompanying guardian traveling with them. Still, there are concerns that a sudden explosion in infections could possibly overwhelm hospitals and cause disruption at workplaces and essential services by constantly placing huge numbers of people under quarantine. Meanwhile, the health reform advocate said that it is best to implement the said protocol in mid-February. “Kung ako ang tatanungin mo, for a major policy, siguro mga mid-February – dalawang linggo [bago] isagawa para sa ganon ay mai-anunsyo mo naman sa mga tao at tiyaka [maisaayos ang] mga loose ends na hindi klaro (If you ask me, for a major policy, maybe mid-February – give it at least two weeks before implementing it, so that you can announce it to the people and definitely fix the loose ends that are not clear) ,” Leachon added. EDV Subscribe to our daily newsletter By providing an email address. He likewise stressed the fact that safety is a two-way process, reiterating that it is unsafe to relax protocols during an ongoing surge. Officials also planning to treat most mild cases at home and reshape a testing regime that had been centered around PCR tests, which will now be saved mostly for people in their 60s and older or those with pre-existing medical conditions. “Pinoprotektahan din natin ‘yung mga dadating and removing some of the medical safeguards may actually cause a surge eventually (We are also protecting those who are arriving and removing some of the medical safeguards may actually cause a surge eventually),” Leachon reiterated. The alert status in these areas will remain until January 31.

Beginning Feb. 1, fully vaccinated inbound travelers will no longer be required to undergo a mandatory facility-based quarantine, Malacañang said on Friday, Jan 28. Despite the benefits of faster results, officials had previously been reluctant to depend on rapid testing as they are known to be less accurate than PCR tests, which require large numbers of health professionals administrating nasal and throat swabs and high-tech laboratory machines analyzing samples. Instead, fully vaccinated inbound travelers will be required to present a negative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test result taken 48 hours prior to the departure from the country of origin and they will be required to self-monitor for any signs and symptoms of COVID-19. .