Record increases in case numbers, crowded hospitals, new restrictions on movement, higher levels of fear and frustration.
A month ago, it seemed as if things were improving for the country. Now, with soaring numbers of COVID-19 cases and the reinstitution of enhanced community quarantine protocols in the National Capital Region and four other provinces, as well as localized lockdowns in certain areas, it suddenly feels as if we are back to square one.
What does the trend data tell us about the pandemic? What do we know about the spread of SARS-CoV-2 at the national and local levels? Will it get worse before it gets better? What about the economy? What can we expect in the coming months? How should families prepare for what is ahead? How should health workers prepare for what lies ahead?
These are the questions the upcoming 47th episode of the University of the Philippines’ (UP) “Stop COVID Deaths” webinar series will attempt to answer. The next webinar will focus on “COVID-19 in the Philippines: What are the Scenarios for the Next 12 Months?”, and will open with a UP Economics professor, Dr. Toby Melissa Monsod, presenting a perspective on the economy. The main presenter is Dr. John Q. Wong, lead epidemiologist of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF); and reactors are an infectious disease specialist, Dr. Cybele Lara Abad from the UP Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH), and a pulmonologist, Dr. Aileen David Wang of the UP College of Medicine.
This special edition “Stop COVID Deaths” webinar will be held on 9 April 2021, Friday, 12:00 noon. Register now at bit.ly/StopCOVIDDeathsWebinar47
The “Stop COVID Deaths” webinar series is organized by the University of the Philippines in partnership with the UP Manila NIH National Telehealth Center, and in cooperation with the UP-PGH.