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DOH: Elderly, children most vulnerable to coronavirus

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By Gabriela Baron

The elderly and the children are the most vulnerable to a new virus that has killed at least nine in China and affected over 400 people, the Department of Health said Wednesday.

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(AP Photo/DOH/MANILA BULLETIN)

“Dapat binabantayan mga matatanda, mga batang-bata dahil sila ang pinakasensitibo dito sa mga sakit na ‘to (The elderly and children should be closely monitored because they are the ones most sensitive to these diseases),” Duque said in an interview with DZMM.

The Health Secretary added that those who died from the illness had underlying medical conditions such as cancer and diabetes.

“Mula sa mga naisulat sa atin, ‘yung hirap ng paghinga o kakapusan sa paghinga, posibleng sintomas na rin ito na tutuloy sa pneunomia o sa mabigat na komplikasyon ng severe acute respiratory syndrome na pwedeng makamatay, lalong-lalo na po sa mga matatanda, ‘yung mga may underlying medical problem,” he noted.

(From what we’ve been told, shortness of breath could possibly be a symptom or could escalate to pneumonia or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome [SARS] that can be fatal especially to the elderly and those with underlying medical problems.)

The Philippines started screening passengers arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for fever and flu symptoms after a 5-year-old boy from China arrived in Cebu City on Jan. 13 and tested positive for coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Japan and South Korea each confirmed one case of coronavirus and Thailand four. The United States and Taiwan each confirmed one case Wednesday.

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