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‘Bigot’ Dr. Edsel Salvana caught hiding replies that contrast his opinion on testing and isolation

This isn’t the first time Dr. Salvana has been accused of misinformation.

Dr. Edsel Salvana, the Director of the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the National Institutes of Health at the University of the Philippines Manila, has been criticized as of late for allegedly giving out wrong information regarding COVID-19.

On Thursday, Dr. Salvana retweeted an article he wrote for Esquiremag saying “ISOLATION needs to happen for suspected cases BEFORE testing is done or results are back, and should continue for PROBABLE cases even if testing results are negative.”

Experts were dropping facts and opinions in reply to his tweet.

It wasn’t long until people saw that Dr. Salvana was hiding certain replies that seem to go against opinions specifically those who are well versed on the matter.

This isn’t the first time Dr. Salvana has been accused of misinformation.

In March, he got into it with several Twitter users.

Dr. Salvana then blocked one of them after getting fact-checked.

Also in March, Kapuso resident political analyst Richard Heydarian went off on Dr. Salvana for saying that the virus has already been contained back in February. One of the screenshots shows Dr. Salvana going off on his critics.

Kapuso journalist Atom Araullo also did his research and had an exchange with Dr. Salvana.

The exchange started when Atom decided to compare how weak the testing rate in the Philippines was relative to its Asian neighbors.

Dr. Salvana replied saying Atom’s information was inaccurate.

Atom then questioned the DOH’s reliability on the matter.

Atom made it clear he was referring to the number of tested individuals not the number of tests done as being pushed by Salvana.

He added more reports to support his claim.

Atom did not flip-flop and stood by his initial tweet.

Earlier this month, before mass testing even started, Dr. Salvana tweeted saying: “This really seems to indicate flattening” referring to the data on the number of cases in the country.

The public trashed him for his conclusion which had no basis.

A doctor replied saying his tweet is not something the public should believe in.

Two weeks after Salvana’s tweet, the Palace said that the curve has not been flattened yet.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque confirmed this in a briefing.

“Sa available data po natin and April 30 is only one week away, ngayon po, sa ngayon po hindi pa po natin naflatten ang curve.”

The Philippines now has 7,294 confirmed cases with 494 deaths.

Written by JO-EST B. TAN

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