PSMID would like to express its strong statement against the use of CHLOROQUINE or HYDROXCHLOROQUINE should not be used for prophylaxis.
There is no high quality evidence that these will prevent COVID19. These drugs should be used cautiously because of the possible side effects.
LET’S NOT TAKE AWAY STOCKS OF CHLOROQUINE FROM THOSE WHO REALLY NEED IT!
The following guidelines are interim and based on the currently limited information we have about the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19, formerly referred to as the novel corona virus (nCOV) acute respiratory disease) up to February 26, 2020. The reader is urged to be updated. This is version 2.0 of the guidelines prepared by the Philippine Society of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (PSMID) and the Philippine Hospital Infection Control Society (PHICS).
JOINT PSMID and PHICS GUIDELINES INTERIM GUIDELINES ON THE INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL (IPC) FOR COVID-19 (February 26, 2020)
The Department of Health (DOH) recently confirmed a localized transmission of COVID-19 in the country. With this, the DOH raised the Code Red Alert Level 4, Sub-level 1 of the COVID-19 Alert System.
Know what does Code Red Alert Level 4, Sub-level 1 mean. What can we do in the advent of this declaration? See this infographics from the DOH.
At times like this, proper hand hygiene is MOST important (redundant as it may sound)! Having clean hands will limit the transmission of any infection as we unconsciously touch our face which may lead to us contracting an infection.
The question is HOW DO WE WASH OUR HANDS?
Don’t forget rubbing with 70% alcohol after washing your hands for 20 seconds is also encouraged!
Please use accordingly in managing cases of suspected COVID-19 Infection
Outbreak of Pneumonia caused by a Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Interim Health Advisory and Position Statement from the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society of the Philippines, Philippine College of Physicians, and Philippine Medical Association.