The new wave of COVID-19 infections sweeping the globe is caused mainly by the new Omicron variant. For the Philippines, an exponential increase in cases with a high positivity rate has been a cause of concern. Omicron is hospitalizing many people. Some patients are in intensive care. Experts predict that a surge is forthcoming during the next two weeks.
As the holiday season seems to have created opportunities for the spread of Delta and Omicron, frontline health workers must be ahead of the curve in terms of information. The percentage of cases that Omicron causes are still unknown, and there are indications that there are still cases of Delta spreading. However, Omicron may have been causing a steep rise in patients during the past few days. People are testing positive despite complete vaccination.
This first episode of the University of the Philippines (UP) “Stop COVID Deaths” webinar series for 2022 will have familiar speakers to open this year’s crucial discussion on the Omicron surge. Dr. Franco Felizarta, an infectious disease specialist from the US, will provide the latest information and everything we need to know about the variant based on scientific studies. Dr. John Wong, a senior epidemiologist of Epimeterics, will speak on the epidemiology of the current surge and projections. Dr. Anna Ong-Lim, a consultant for pediatrics at the UP Philippine General Hospital (UP PGH), will address homecare for COVID-19.
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We start this year with high hopes to again consolidate our ranks and find ways to serve those who need us the most. Welcome back to our “Stop COVID Deaths” 2022 webinar series.