In this Policy Note, the UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team recognizes the crucial need for accurate and relevant data about COVID-19 and the country’s resources in order to win the battle against an invisible enemy, and how to address the gaps in data-sharing and collection as soon as possible.
The novel coronavirus spreads through social interaction. The UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response looks into the post-ECQ scenarios and how can we ease up restrictions on people’s mobility to minimize transmission and risks to our highly vulnerable seniors.
A scientist from the University of the Philippines-Diliman Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology has called on all sectors to consider putting the issue and solutions to the air pollution problem in the higher agenda for a post-enhanced community quarantine (post-ECQ) “new normal” Philippines.
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.
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