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Netizens criticize DOH Sec. Francisco Duque III for false claims on COVID-19 transmission

Secretary Duque said that asymptomatics are not contagious

On Wednesday, Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III told the senators that asymptomatic cases were not contagious even though studies conducted say that these asymptomatic carriers contribute to the spread of COVID-19

During the Senate hearing on the updates regarding the country’s response to COVID-19, Duque claims that the World Health Organization (WHO) holds no proof that asymptomatics can be contagious.

According to the study conducted by Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “Recent epidemiologic, virologic, and modeling reports support the possibility of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) transmission from persons who are presymptomatic (SARS-CoV-2 detected before symptom onset) or asymptomatic (SARS-CoV-2 detected but symptoms never develop).

After Duque’s ‘second wave’ remark that confused a lot of people, here comes another false claim coming from the Secretary of Health

Duque’s false claim gained criticisms from netizens who found studies published saying that asymptomatics can transmit the virus.

A Twitter user said that “So, people with ZERO symptoms *right now* could be spreading the virus. Silent spreaders are dangerous.” after sharing a link from WHO.  

Sorsogon Governor Chiz Escudero also posted a tweet about the issue and demand evidence from Duque. Escudero also said that asymptomatic carriers are the major reason for this pandemic. 

May I, however, ask if there is evidence that they are not? Isn’t the ability of the virus to be transmitted by asymptomatic people one of the major reasons for the pandemic?” said the governor.

Sen. Nancy Binay also said in a virtual hearing that the false notions of Duque are alarming. Binay also cited a report from WHO and said that the organization didn’t claim that asymptomatic cases are not contagious. 

Since the beginning of the country’s battle against COVID-19, Duque had a lot of shortcomings that disappointed many people. Netizens have also criticized him for his “inefficiency”.

The Senators also blame him for his lack of leadership as the country’s Health Chief. The Senate even authored a Resolution urging for the “immediate” resignation of Duque. Nonetheless, President Rodrigo Duterte rejected the resolution

Written by Neil

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