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Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian disgusted with DOH’s removal of PUM under new definition

Those that test negative do not mean that they are not infected, and a 14-day quarantine is required.

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian expressed his disgust at how the term Persons Under Monitoring (PUM) has been removed from the DOH’s new definition for COVID-19.

But a doctor who replied to his tweet did a thread on the whole topic to clarify any misunderstanding.

Infectious Disease Expert Dr. Edsel Salvana says that the WHO removed the PUM under its COVID-19 terms because according to the organization, every single person belongs in this category.

Those that test negative do not mean that they are not infected, and a 14-day quarantine is required.

Asymptomatic people have low viral loads, which means that they can be infected with the virus and still test negative. The only way to go is to practice self-quarantining.

Viable viruses are usually detected first, which can make physicians give wrong diagnosis, since these are very different from viruses that are actually alive.

Sherwin thanked Salvana for clearing things up.

Sherwin’s younger brother Rex, who is the mayor of Valenzuela City has said that individuals suspected of COVID-19 can get tested in the next few days,

Through the help of The Medical City and Detoxicare Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, the city can now process up to 115 COVID-19 samples daily from suspected and probable cases.

150 people have already been tested since April 15. The first batch of testing saw two being positive with the virus, while 18 tested negative.

Rex expects 200 tests to be done this weekend so the city can proceed with testing medical frontliners in public and private hospitals, security frontliners, OFWs, and dialysis patients.

“The beauty of this is, rather than just isolating people by mere suspect, we’re actually going to test everybody, pin down who will be positive, isolate that person or quarantine that person, or give them the necessary medical intervention,”

Rex pointed out that once a person tests positive, that person’s entire household will be ‘barricaded’ and be under lockdown.

“What we’re going to do now is isolate only those that are positive, making sure that their houses are put in lockdown or we can move some of them to our central isolation unit,”

Sherwin has advocated for a mass testing in Luzon, but orders from the DOH are need to go about this.

“Kung mahahanap natin itong mga COVID positive, pwede na nating dahan-dahang buksan ang ekonomiya ng ating bansa or ekonomiya ng ating lokal na pamahalaan,” said Sherwin.


There are 46 confirmed cases in Valenzuela, with four deaths and three recoveries.

Written by JO-EST B. TAN

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