Friday, August 06, 2021

Spike in Covid-19 cases in Davao due to 'high-risk' behaviors

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HIGH-RISK behaviors were blamed for the surge in Covid-19 cases among millennials in Davao City.

“We all know millennials, these are the population with high-risk behaviors. Eto yung mahilig mag-socialize, mag-get together in social gatherings (They love to socialize and get together). Since they are also part of the working group, they go out to socialize and interact. They are highly likely to get infected,” Covid-19 Task Force spokesperson Dr. Michelle Schlosser said.

Millennials are defined as under the ages 24 to 40 years old.

Schlosser, however, said the recovery rate is high among millennials.

“Very high naman tayo sa age-group na ganito. In general naman, mataas recovery rate natin (We have high recovery rate in these age-groups of millennials. We have high recovery rate in general). We have a lot of asymptomatic,” she said.

Acting City Health Office Head Dr. Ashley Lopez, in his presentation during the Davao City Covid-19 Task Force meeting on June 21, showed that of the 21,453 total cases as of June 19, 2021, a total of 13,394 or about 62 percent infected were in the 20 to 29, 30 to 39, and 40 to 49 age groups where the millennials belong.

The 20 to 29 bracket, however, topped the list with the most Covid-19 infections with a total of 5,721 confirmed positive cases followed by the 30-39 group with 4,584 cases.

In third came the 40 to 49 bracket with 2,989 confirmed positive Covid-19 cases.

Rounding up the list with the most number of Covid-19 positive cases were the 50 to 59 (2,557); 10 to 19 (1,863); 60 to 69 (1,704); 0 to 9 (1,024); 70 to 79 (671); 80 to 89 (207); 90 to 99 (23); undisclosed (nine); and above 99 (one).

Millennials also recorded 159 of the 829 deaths as of June 19 in Lopez’s report, the 60 to 69 bracket topped with the most number of fatality with 235, followed by the 70 to 79 bracket with 169, 80 to 89 with 54, 10 to 19 with 12, 0 to 9 with 11, and 90 to 99 with seven.

Schlosser also said mortality is high among seniors due to their comorbidities such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and impaired immune systems.

She added the city is closely monitoring them.

Of the city’s 4,563 Covid-19 active cases as of June 19, 4,100 were asymptomatic, 338 were mild, 116 were severe, and nine were critical.

The city logged a 74.87-percent recovery rate or 16,061 recoveries from the total confirmed cases of 21,453 and 3.75 percent death rate with 829 since March 2020. (With reports from CIO)


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