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By EDD K. USMAN
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(SDN) — You are scared of the vaccine because you read too much fake news on social media; so you don’t believe and don’t care about the terrible coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
But if you use your common sense you would know that people across the world, in fact millions of them, have died and continue this orgy of death.
You do not believe even what’s happening in your country, the Philippines, where the coronavirus had already killed 26,714 Filipinos, and rising, as of July 18, 2021, per the Department of Health (DOH). Total cases in the country have risen to 1,505,755. Active cases: 47,190.
Recovered patients at 1,433,851.
“So, let’s have ourselves vaccinated.”
— Dr. Eric Tayag
Still don’t believe?
Well, that’s bad. Really, really bad. It’s really, really bad because people who are not vaccinated are “manufacturers of Covid-19 variants.”
I did not claim or say that. Infectious disease expert Dr. Eric Tayag did on DZBB Radio Station today, Monday.
“‘Yon unvaccinated sila ang manufacturers ng Covid variant,” said Dr. Tayag in the morning interview as he discussed measures that government should take to fight the pandemic, especially with the variant from India dubbed Delta.
People who are proponents of vaccine hesitancy may not know it, or just plain stubborn, that unless they get the jab they can potentially transmit the coronavirus to their own family members, friends, or members of the public.
“So, let’s have ourselves vaccinated,” Dr. Tayag urged the public.
(Come to think of it, would the Greeks not get mad using their alphabet as names of Covid-19 variants? Why not call the variants the name of the country where they first emerged? For example, the original SARS-CoV-2, China coronavirus; UK, Kent variant for Alpha variant; South Africa variant instead of Beta variant; India variant for Delta variant; and Brazil variant instead of Gamma variant. Fair?)
Last week Health Undersecretary Dr. Maria Rosario Vergeire made public during a press briefing that the Philippines had recorded 16 local infections of the Delta variant (which experts say is 40 to 60 percent more transmissible).
As this story was being written, GMA7 News’ 24 Oras reported that the India variant is more than 90 percent more transmissible. 24 Oras also reported a case in Australia where an infected person transmitted the India or Delta variant to some persons whom he passed by in a mall.
Delta or India variant can infect 8 people from one source
She said of the 16 Delta infected persons five returned home from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, and United Kingdom between April and June.
The DOH official said 11 of the 16 infections were transmitted locally, while at the same time emphasizing the government is trying to learn connections among the Delta coronavirus variant cases. One of the Delta cases had died in a hospital, Vergeire said.
In explaining the ease of the Delta variant’s transmission, Dr. Tayag pointed out a person infected with the India variant can infect eight people (the same number as Vergeire said, while adding the UK variant can infect four to five other people.
Dr. Tayag, the director of the Bureau of Local Health Development (DOH-BLHD) and the National Epidemiology Center (DOH-NEC), also urged concerned government agencies to guard the country’s “backdoors” such as in Zambonga City in Western Mindanao. He also suggested the forming of a “sentinel” to monitor incidents of coronavirus transmission and report them concerned local government units (LGUs). Barangay (village) leaders should also be vigilant, he added.
Many people from Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi used the Zamboanga City seaport or those in the island provinces to travel to Malaysia to conduct barter trading, etc., like Sabah, the contested mineral- and resource-rich island of North Borneo. (/)
Featured image of a bottle of a coronavirus vaccine credit to Haran Nurul (@harannurul on Unsplash.