MANILA - The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday reminded asymptomatic patients that they should still comply finish the 14-day quarantine period to ensure they are no longer infectious.
This even as studies have shown that COVID-19 patients without sympoms may no longer be contagious after 10 days.
"Kapag ang isang tao ay na-diagnose [ng] COVID-19 at walang sintomas sila ay required na magpa-isolate sa bahay when appropriate or sa temporary treatment monitoring facility, kailangan ang 14 days quarantine para siguradong hindi sila nakakahawa," Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said at a state television briefing.
(When a person is diagnosed with COVID-19 and they do not have any symptoms, they are required to self-isolate or seek quarantine at a treatment monitoring facility. The 14-day quarantine period is needed to make sure that they are not contagious.)
The DOH cited criteria released by the World Health Organization, which said patients may be released 10 days after they first showed symptoms "plus at least 3 additional days without symptoms."
Asymptomatic patients may be cleared after 10 days of testing positive for the new coronavirus, the WHO said.
DOH also reiterated its plan to reduce the self-isolation period for COVID-19 patients who have been discharged from quarantine facilities and hospitals.
It also reminded the public to observe minimum health standards when going outdoors or heading to work.
"Hindi porke nagkaroon na tayo ng mababang community quarantine ay wala na po ang virus. Nandito pa rin po ang virus at hindi pa rin mawawala hangga't may madiskubre tayong gamot o bakuna rito… Nandyan pa rin po dapat ang minimum health standards kapag lumalabas ng bahay," Vergeire said.
(Just because we have a lower community quarantine doesn't mean the virus is not there anymore. The virus is still here and it will not go away unless there is medicine or vaccine for it. Minimum health standards should be observed when going outdoors.)