Still no known cure for 2019-nCoV according to the Philippine Department of Health
Manila, Philippines — The Secretary of the Department of Health, Francisco Duque III, has stated on Feb. 4 that at the moment, there is no known cure for the 2019-nCov ARD (novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease).
Duque said this statement during the joint hearing of the Senate Committees on Health and Demography and Finance with regard to the preparedness of the government on the said disease.
“There’s no vaccine to prevent the 2019-nCov because it is a new strain,” he said. “There’s no specific treatment except supportive care.”
Last Jan. 7, authorities from China revealed that the novel coronavirus belongs to a family of common cold viruses along with the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) as well as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
Earlier, based on the report of the Philippine News Agency, the Health Secretary cited the improvement of the case of a Chinese woman, 71, that was infected by the said disease. This was after taking a cocktail of anti-virals that are intended for HIV and flu. He said, the said case is andecdotal as 80 percent of such cases in China is deemed mild.
“So, the possibility that they are recovering very quickly is very high. 21 percent is severe, so baka yung nakuhang pasyente ay nandoon sa mild, kaya siguro nagpapakita ng signs of recovery concomitantly with the combination therapy,” said Duque.
With regard to the measures on how to steer clear from 2019-nCov infection, the DOH recently pushed out some advisories that enumerate such ways, including the observance of correct cough etiquette, properly was hands, avoiding contact with animals, veering away from going to large crowds, properly cook food, drinking a lot of water, and consulting the doctor in case of colds and cough.
As of Feb. 4, the DOH reported 105 cases of the 2019-nCoV in different parts of the country, with the National Capital Region as the highest in terms of number of cases.