Tears of joy as Pavia couple negative in repeat virus test

first_imgThe husband,Peter Montalban, told Panay News hewas thankful to Pavia’s local government unit led by Gorriceta for taking careof their basic needs while under home quarantine. He said it made theirsituation less unbearable. He also said heand his wife were willing to donate blood plasma. Some patientsmay have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat ordiarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some peoplebecome infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. “As of thismoment wala na kita sang COVID-positivecase sa Pavia,” Gorriceta saidyesterday. Instead ofsubjecting them and their families to discrimination, he said, COVID patientsmust be extended help. On March 21, aTaytay sa Kauswagan colleague died – a 72-year-old make from Mandurriao, IloiloCity who became Region 6’s COVID-19 Patient No. 11. This man was actually aperson under investigation at the time of his death; his positive test resultcame out much later.  He was the firstrecorded COVID-19 mortality in the region The husband andwife were not hospitalized because both were asymptomatic. A favorable resultof the final test would result to their being officially taken off isolation. Gorriceta himselfbroke the good news to the couple – a 50-year-old male and his 52-year-old wife– right after having been informed by the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6about the test result on Sunday – around a week after specimens were taken fromthem.  The husband wasthe region’s Patient No. 37 while his wife, Patient No. 38. ILOILO – Thecouple who became Pavia town’s first confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease2019 (COVID-19) broke down in tears after hearing the news about their repeattest. As of April 19,Pavia had 51 suspected or probable cases being actively monitored./PN Thesedroplets also land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people thencatch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes,nose or mouth. The couple wassubjected to a “third and final test” yesterday. Results would be known in 72hours, according to Gorriceta. People who have fully recovered from COVID-19 haveantibodies in their plasma that can attack the virus. Thisconvalescent plasma is being evaluated as treatment for patients with seriousor immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections, or those judged by ahealthcare provider to be at high risk of progression to severe orlife-threatening disease. The couple’s twochildren also tested negative for the SARS-Cov-2 virus. The COVID-19outbreak is everybody’s concern, stressed Montalban. Montalban said hehad no idea where he got SARS-CoV-2. But he recalled going to Metro Manila onMarch 6 and returned to Iloilo a few days after. Gorriceta sandanother good news was the negative test results of eight persons who had closecontact with the husband at his place of work, the microfinance firm Taytay saKauswagan, Inc. in Barangay Mali-ao, Pavia. People cancatch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread fromperson to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spreadwhen a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. Montalban agreedthat his identity be disclosed in this article. He then appealed to people notto discriminate persons suffering from COVID-19. The test showedthem already negative for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, MayorLaurence Anthony “Luigi” Gorriceta told PanayNews. The mostcommon symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. “COVID patients did not want to getinfected. We’re victims of circumstance,” said Montalban.last_img