Do you have the symptoms of COVID-19 and are unsure if you should stay at home or seek medical attention? You can now take a simple assessment at the end of this post to find out.
Persons Under Investigation (PUI)
An individual would be a PUI if he/she fulfils the following criteria:
1. Have a fever OR symptoms of acute respiratory infection (eg. shortness of breath, cough, sore throat)
2. Have travelled to COVID-19 affected countries1 within 14 days before the onset of symptoms OR have had close contact2 with a confirmed COVID-19 case
PUI for COVID-19 must contact the Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT) to get further instructions. If you are residing in a subdivision or condominiums, you should inform the Homeowners Association, which in turn will notify BHERT.
PUIs with mild3 manifestations will be referred to L2/L3 hospitals, while PUIs with severe4 manifestations will be referred to referral hospitals.
Persons Under Monitoring (PUM)
An individual would be a PUM if he/she fulfils the following criteria:
- Have no symptoms
- Have travelled to COVID-19 affected countries1 within 14 days before the onset of symptoms OR have had close contact2 with a confirmed COVID-19 case
PUM for COVID-19 must contact the BHERT or Homeowners Association to get further instructions. PUMs will be notified to be quarantined at home for 14 days to monitor the development of symptoms. There is no need for PUMs to be tested for COVID-19.
Non-PUI & Non-PUM
Individuals who are non-PUI and non-PUM but are experiencing symptoms similar to influenza, acute respiratory infection or atypical pneumonia should first consult with their doctors, clinics or the ER (if symptoms are severe) for proper management of symptoms. However, they can still contact BHERT or Homeowners Association as they are easily accessible.
So, Where Should I Go if I Have COVID-19 Symptoms?
You can take this simple assessment to find out if you should stay at home or seek medical attention if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
1Affected countries include China, Macau, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Iran (Please note that transit in an airport located in affected countries is not considered as having travelled to that country)
2Close contact is defined as being in close proximity, travelling together or living in the same household with a confirmed COVID-19 patient (This includes healthcare workers that are exposed without appropriate PPE, providing direct care for COVID-19 patients, working with healthcare workers infected with COVID-19 and visiting patients or being in close proximity with a COVID-19 patient)
3Mild manifestations include fever, dry cough, fatigue, sputum production, sore throat, headache, myalgia or arthralgia, chills, nausea or vomiting, nasal congestion, diarrhea
4Severe manifestations include difficulty of breathing and/or respiratory rate ≥ 30/minute
DOH COVID-19 EMERGENCY HOTLINES
02-894-COVID (02-894-26843) and 1555
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