UP webinar discusses management of COVID cases in families

| Written by Jo. Florendo B. Lontoc


Medical experts will discuss COVID-19 infection of healthy young adults which escalate into severe illness, and management of multiple infections in households in the 54th edition of the University of the Philippines webinar series “Stop COVID Deaths” to be livestreamed on May 28, 2021, at 12 noon.

The webinar, “COVID sa Pamilya: Hindi pala Ligtas ang Malusog at Nakababata”, will point out that not only seniors and persons with pre-existing illnesses become severely ill from COVID-19. It will highlight the critical importance of vaccination of all eligible ages in households.

Dr. Grace Astudillo, fellow in training for infectious diseases at the UP Philippine General Hospital (PGH), will present the case of a 36-year-old healthy male, who was infected with SARSCov2 and developed severe COVID within 28 days of the positive test result.

Dr. Ralph Villalobos, Consultant of the UP-PGH Division of Pulmonary Medicine, will discuss clinical management of such a case. Dr. Anna Guia Limpoco, Board Member of the Philippine Academy of Family Physicians, will give a perspective on COVID-19 management, taking into account the mixed and intergenerational households of the Philippines.

The webinar will also feature inputs from Dr. Stella Marie L. Jose, UP-PGH Deputy Director for Health Operations, who will deliver the opening remarks. UP College of Medicine Dean Charlotte Chiong will deliver the closing remarks and synthesis of the discussions.

The webinars feature Dr. Susan Pineda-Mercado, an international public health expert, and UP National Telehealth Center Director Raymond Francis Sarmiento, as regular facilitators.

Those who wish to participate in the webinar may register at bit.ly/StopCOVIDDeathsWebinar54. If registration reaches full capacity, a YouTube Live broadcast will also be available on TVUP at http://tvup.ph and http://www.youtube.com/tvupph.

Certificates of attendance will be issued to those who have attended at least 50% of the webinar duration.

The webinar is the 54th in the weekly series produced by UP in partnership with the UP Manila National Institutes of Health-National Telehealth Center and in cooperation with the UP Philippine General Hospital. The series aims to tap into the experiences of clinicians, hospital administrators, and researchers to bridge the gap between knowledge and practice in the clinical management of COVID-19 cases.