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While the world currently faces a deadly threat in the form of SARS-CoV-2, other diseases that previously wreaked havoc never really disappeared in the face of the newer threat.

The Dengue Saga: The Known Nemesis

While the world currently faces a deadly threat in the form of SARS-CoV-2, other diseases that previously wreaked havoc never really disappeared in the face of the newer threat.

CHO starts probe on new positive Oriental Negros residents who passed through city; sample...

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - The City Health Office here has started its probe related to three Oriental Negros residents, one an overseas worker, who tested positive for the COVID19 virus after passing through this city that has the highest number of confirmed COVID cases in the province.
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - Seven employees of a bank are scheduled to undergo sample swabs for a RT-PCR test after it was confirmed by authorities here that Patient 14 had contact with them, City Health Officer Maria Carmela Gensoli told DNX.

Contact tracing continues for Patient 14, some bank employees in close contact go on...

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - Seven employees of a bank are scheduled to undergo sample swabs for a RT-PCR test after it was confirmed by authorities here that Patient 14 had contact with them, City Health Officer Maria Carmela Gensoli told DNX.
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - Bacolod Mayor City Evelio Leonardia has signed Executive Order 38, s. 2020 effectively placing the city under Modified General Community Quarantine.

What’s in an E.O.: Bing signs directive placing Bacolod under MGCQ

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - Bacolod Mayor City Evelio Leonardia has signed Executive Order 38, s. 2020 effectively placing the city under Modified General Community Quarantine.
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - Bacolod City now has a new confirmed case, a 36-year-old female, married, from the village of Taculing.

Bacolod now has Patient 14; new case has no travel history

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - Bacolod City now has a new confirmed case, a 36-year-old female, married, from the village of Taculing.

The CoviD-19 saga: Coronavirus’ Exorcism, The Wait for a Vaccine and our Salvation (Pt....

Various countries are now making an effort to create vaccines in an apparent race against time. But when, exactly, would these vaccines be made available?
Finding a cure is a long and tedious process. While vaccine studies for previous coronavirus outbreaks (SARS-CoV-1 and MERS-CoV) provide a template in researching a vaccine for SARS-CoV-2, note that even these previous diseases have no publicly available vaccine to date, proving just how long creating a vaccine takes.

The CoviD-19 saga: Coronavirus’ Exorcism, The Wait for a Vaccine and our Salvation (Pt.1)

Finding a cure is a long and tedious process. While vaccine studies for previous coronavirus outbreaks (SARS-CoV-1 and MERS-CoV)...
He used to host libations at home where guests are treated to upscaled pica pica, like Sage Darby, cheddar, pepper jacks or cheddar cheeses with saucissons or other charcuterie stuff.

SURVIVING COVID: Running and photography to keep one’s sanity

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - John Julien Gadian knows a lot about cheese. And whiskey.
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines -- Bacolod now has a new confirmed case, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the city to 13 since the city had its Patient 1 last March 20.

Bacolod now has Patient 13

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines -- Bacolod now has a new confirmed case, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the...
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines -- A total of 312 Overseas Filipino Workers will be arriving today, Negros Occidental Incident Command Center Spokesperson Charina Magallanes-Tan said.

312 more OFWs arriving tonight

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines -- A total of 312 Overseas Filipino Workers will be arriving today, Negros Occidental Incident Command Center...
Negros Occidental is now in the thick of preparations for the possible influx of Overseas Filipino Workers, especially with President Duterte’s directive giving pertinent agencies a one-week deadline for the return of the repatriates, numbering to 24,000.

NegOcc runs out of quarantine facilities, prepares for more returning OFWs

Negros Occidental is now in the thick of preparations for the possible influx of Overseas Filipino Workers, especially with President Duterte’s directive...
As the fields of Center Mall are acquiring rest, the grass being left untouched, with no one to bask under the golden rays of sunshine in the ever sunny and bright San Carlos City, it occurred to me that the COVID-19 virus, along with all the lives it has claimed and the economy it had placed in disarray, has deprived us of the simplest joys of summertime.

JUVENTUS: COVID and existential truths

As the fields of Center Mall are acquiring rest, the grass being left untouched, with no one to bask under the golden...
Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia has asked Health Secretary Francisco to reconsider the holding of religious gatherings to expand to an attendance of 50 percent of seating of the building’s seating capacity.

Bing seeks DOH permission to allow religious gatherings to maximum of 50 percent of...

Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia has asked Health Secretary Francisco to reconsider the holding of religious gatherings to expand to an attendance...
The Department of Health has recorded at least 9,054 active cases as of 17 May, with majority (8,059) of the patients exhibiting mild symptoms, a national situationer posted in the Department of Health social media page reveals.

DOH Sitrep: RP has 9,054 active cases; Bacolod, Neg Occ have 50 pending results

The Department of Health has recorded at least 9,054 active cases as of 17 May, with majority (8,059) of the patients exhibiting...
Scientists and researchers continue to look at data on how the world’s countries are doing with their pandemic responses. This is because it is very important to know what works and what does not so it can be emulated in the long run.

The CoviD-19 saga: What makes a Good Pandemic Response

Scientists and researchers continue to look at data on how the world’s countries are doing with their pandemic responses. This is because...
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia has signed Executive Order 35, effectively placing the city under a General Community Quarantine on 16 May, 2020.

Mayor signs E.O. on GCQ; HQPs suspended; Sunday lockdowns off

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia has signed Executive Order 35, effectively placing...
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Lacson has signed Executive Order 20-24, extending the duration of the General Community Quarantine over the province until 31 May, 2020.

Guv signs EO extending GCQ until 31 May; borders remain closed, HQPs no longer...

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Lacson has signed Executive Order 20-24, extending the duration of the General...
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - Bacolod City will be under General Community Quarantine starting 16 May, Mayor Evelio Leonardia said.

Bacolod on GCQ on 16 May; sea trips, mass transpo resume

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines - Bacolod City will be under General Community Quarantine starting 16 May, Mayor Evelio Leonardia said.
The Philippine Medical Association, along with medical societies and specialty societies of Negros Occidental, wrote Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia suggesting among others an establishment of testing facilities, as well as the continued closure of borders except for essential goods, cargo, and supplies.

Establish testing labs, continue to close ports, mayor urged as city eases into MGCQ

The Philippine Medical Association, along with medical societies and specialty societies of Negros Occidental, wrote Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia suggesting among others...
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines -- Not anymore a lifting of the Community Quarantine but a modified general community quarantine.

Low-risk areas now under Modified GCQ

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines -- Not anymore a lifting of the Community Quarantine but a modified general community quarantine.
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The debate rages when no less than 239 scientists recently attached their signatures to an open letter published in the Infectious Disease Society of America. The content of the letter? The scientists suggest that virus – SARS-CoV-2 – may spread by airborne transmission, lingering in the air for hours within lighter "microdroplets."

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