Good air quality has been a silver lining during this time of enhanced community quarantine, but UPD experts warn that as the country moves into a post-ECQ scenario, clean air might not be part of the “new normal”.
Social, economic, and political inequalities are starkly manifested in times of disasters. The unequal distribution of power, wealth, privilege, and opportunities in societies and among individuals results in disparate vulnerabilities and resilience to humanitarian crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, it becomes even more critical to ensure the inclusion and meaningful participation of the vulnerable and excluded, and to address differentiated economic and social needs.
As of 20 April, there are 52 confirmed cases in Region VI Western Visayas, with age range of 21-94 years old, median age of 52 years, and most affected age group of 41-50 years old. The most affected are the male gender with 31 cases (69%). Eight cases have recovered while seven cases have died (DOH).
In a previous pape, we made the point that lockdown restrictions should be lifted gradually and selectively, in lockstep with the preparedness of the health system to face the flow of cases that will continue even after the lockdown.
The current coronavirus pandemic, along with its social and economic consequences,
represents the challenge of a generation.
UP’s COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team uses the best available data to measure effectivity of ECQ and propose course of action after April 30.
Estimating Local Healthcare Capacity to Deal with COVID-19 Case Surge: Analysis and Recommendations
A recent study by the Interdisciplinary Applied Modeling (IAM) laboratory of the University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao recommends that “the local government should consider extending the community quarantine” beyond the April 19 end date of the community quarantine in Davao City. The IAM lab is part of the UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team – Bioinformatics and Modeling Group, which is mainly composed of mathematicians across the different UP campuses.
The UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team releases its analysis and recommendations on how to implement community quarantine after April 30 to aid decision-making.
The UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team releases the results of its projections, analyses, and recommendations to aid decision-making.