In Cebu City, COVID-19 patients stay fit to fight the virus


Posted at Apr 25 2020 05:01 PM | Updated as of Apr 25 2020 05:02 PM

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Courtesy of Roy Genares

MANILA – To reduce the risk of getting severely ill with COVID-19, some patients in Cebu City are trying to stay active while being in quarantine.

School teacher Roy Genares is leading the daily exercise for other COVID-19 patients inside Luz Elementary School in Barangay Luz, Cebu City. 

“Gusto ko pong malaman ng lahat na hindi lahat ng COVID-19 patient ay kritikal at matamlay,” he told ABS-CBN News.

(I want everyone to know that not all COVID-19 patients are critical and weak.)

Genares said 67 of them staying inside the school, which is being used as a quarantine facility, are asymptomatic or have never exhibited symptoms of the disease.

In a bid to ward off stigma surrounding the illness, he also revealed that his parents and younger siblings have also contracted COVID-19.

“Hiling po namin sa mga nanonood na kaming mga COVID-19 patient ay di dapat pandirihan at i-discriminate,” said Genares, school principal at Sirao Integrated School in Cebu City.

(We hope we will not be discriminated against for having COVID-19.)

As they entered the fifth day of quarantine, Genares is hopeful they would be able to ride out the illness.

“Hopefully we will soon recover from this virus and everything will be back to normal… Please pray for us,” he said.

To date, Cebu City has recorded 411 cases of coronavirus infections, the city with the most number of COVID-19 cases in Central Visayas. - Report from Vilma Andales, ABS-CBN News