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Dr. Edsel Salvana
Infectious Diseases Physician, Molecular Biologist, , , , and activist. No online consults, just useful info.
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Dr. Edsel Salvana 9h
385 new cases. Now at 3,018. Assuming no backlogs, this is CAUTIOUSLY ok news. Because the doubling time is now 5 days. We were at 1,546 cases March 30. Unimpeded acceleration is doubling time of 3 days. This MIGHT be because of ECQ. Fingers crossed. 🙏🙏🙏
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Dr. Edsel Salvana 17h
Replying to @EdselSalvana
Yay! Finally verified! Congratualtions Dr. Sax!
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Dr. Edsel Salvana Apr 2
Thanks DOST for letting me share my personal battle with as an infectious diseases physician and as a PUI. No regrets about coming home as a Balik Scientist. No greater work than defending the motherland and her people against the virus.
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Dr. Edsel Salvana Apr 1
Replying to @tilingtiling @MaamSyj
No. We advice broad strategy based on scientific and medical data. We have no say in the executive stategies. We are free to voice agreement or disagreement but in the end, impementation is an executive function.
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Dr. Edsel Salvana Apr 1
Replying to @Louis__Gara
Unfortunately everyone is scared and anxious. Me too. The natural reaction is to lash out. It makes it more divisive. We need to focus on the common enemy (virus) so that we give each other a wide berth, literally and figuratively.
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Dr. Edsel Salvana Apr 1
Replying to @irorere_edith @MaamSyj
Not the whole country, just parts. Cases will continue to show up because ECQ isnt 100% effective & there were cases incubating at the time of the ECQ. Doctors and healthcare workers also get infected from patients. What we are looking for is a DECREASE in the cases over time.
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Dr. Edsel Salvana Apr 1
Replying to @tilingtiling @MaamSyj
Agreed. The ECQ was a result of him listening to the doctors and scientists. We hope he will continue to listen.
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Dr. Edsel Salvana Apr 1
Replying to @MaamSyj
Yes po Ma'am. I completely agree and the anger is understandable. Heavy handed measures will not solve this problem. I've asked them to make sure people are fed where they live. Otherwise its an inhumane choice to die by virus or hunger.
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Dr. Edsel Salvana Apr 1
Replying to @marjapson
I hear you, and I do what I can to tell them and give the feedback to the public. Meron na po PPE. I am not defending what the president said. As a doctor I try to save lives.
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Dr. Edsel Salvana Apr 1
Replying to @MaamSyj
I really don't agree with the president on this one Ma'am, but the virus is still the virus. We can vote at the ballot box our preference. The virus doesn't care about our politics and is still going to kill even more if we don't work together. That's my medical opinion.
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Dr. Edsel Salvana Apr 1
As a doctor, the last thing I want is for more people to lose their lives. The enemy is the virus. Let's focus on the enemy.
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Dr. Edsel Salvana Mar 31
Yup. Thats the major reason, especially for n95. Also that if you keep your distance of 6 ft, then presumably you don't need it because the droplets wont reach you. But if you really want to, its a free country.
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Dr. Edsel Salvana Mar 31
Replying to @Laudy27199075
We need more data. The next 1 to 2 weeks are important. Remember the cases right now were infected 5 to 14 days ago, so very early ECQ. We'll see what the next 2 weeks bring. If better, we can consider gradual relaxing. If not, we continue or modify. But you cant stop completely.
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Dr. Edsel Salvana Mar 31
Replying to @CanadaTruth1867
Our problem is capacity & too many retests. You can't send a positive patient home without doing at least 2 negative tests. We've tested 3,000+ unique individuals with 15,000 tests including repeats and indeterminates. We've streamlined since & testing capacity has improved.
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Dr. Edsel Salvana Mar 31
No matter how good your doctor or your hospital is, it will still be catastrophic if there are too many cases to handle. Flatten the curve to stop the surge. If ever ECQ gets modified/relaxed, we need to improve hospital capacity to handle potential secondary outbreaks.
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Dr. Edsel Salvana Mar 31
Noted po . Perhaps I was a bit too zealous in defending the people that I see are working very hard and are being criticized unfairly. There does need to be some balance between constructive criticism and just plain trolling. This is a constant struggle for me.
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Dr. Edsel Salvana Mar 31
Hi ! Can you please ? Many of us verified Infectious Disease Docs look up to him for info. Thank you!
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Dr. Edsel Salvana Mar 31
I understand the context. Still, I would rather not have me or my friends die. I already know they are heroes. Please let me grieve.
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Dr. Edsel Salvana Mar 31
Replying to @llanescajourno
Already answered this earlier.
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Dr. Edsel Salvana Mar 31
538 new cases is scary. However those were acquired 5 to 14 days ago (the incubation period of the virus) & reflect the early period of the ECQ. Some may be from clearing backlog. Hoping & praying for better numbers soon. Praying hard. Stay safe.
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