Leaders Urge Media Focus on Covid-19 Recoveries

TO save the country’s troubled economy and quell public panic, > House leaders on Monday urged the media to give equal focus on positive developments regarding the coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) pandemic  like the huge number of those who have tested negative, significant figures of recoveries and the very small mortality rate among patients.

This developed as netizens backed lawmakers’ appeal for the media to focus on more optimistic and constructive reporting such as pursuing the 99.99% “chances of not dying of COVID-19” to inspire the people to unite, contribute to the global fight against the virus, and help crush panic.

On Monday, netizens, including doctors, lawyers, businessmen and public officials have flooded Facebook and viber groups of encouraging and positive data on COVID-19, supposedly sourced from the Department of Health’s (DoH) August 16, 2020  report with request to share the information to the public.

Based on the data, an overwhelming 91.5% or 1,735,683 out of 1,896,936 people have been tested negative for COVID-19 while only a very small 8.5% or 161,253 persons have turned out positive.

The same data shared by netizens showed some 112,586 recoveries or a 69.82% recovery rate while both a very small 0.14% death rate as of percentage of total tests and a 1.65% death rate as of positive tests were recorded based on 2,665 deaths.

Covid-19 Recoveries

The netizens also pointed out that COVID-19 mortality rate is just 0.002% based on the estimated 109,581,078 million population of the Philippines or 99.99% chances of not dying of COVID-19.

Cavite Rep. Elpidio “Pidi” Barzaga Jr., Ako Bisaya party-list Rep. Sonny Lagon, House Assistant Majority Leader and Quezon City Rep. Precious Hipolito Castelo and Deputy Speaker and Batangas Rep. Raneo Abu appealed to media to highlight positive data on their COVID-19 coverage.

“It’s very important to give equal prominence to the positive developments especially on patients whose conditions are improving or recovered from COVID-19. We have to bring the people one and united and equal reporting of good news will be an important factor to make a huge difference and ensure the success of our fight against the dreaded virus,” said Barzaga, President of the National Unity Party (NUP) and chairman of the House committee on natural resources

“Putting emphasis to positive developments will increase people’s hope and optimism that this problem shall pass and better days are coming ahead,” said Lagon, a friend and ally of Lakas-CMD led by House Majority Leader and Leyte.  Rep. Martin Romualdez as President.

“Despite problems, we have to take note of the Duterte administration’s achievements in the fight against COVID-19. Let’s not forget the good news and the programs being undertaken by President Rodrigo Duterte to defeat the virus,” said Castelo.

For his part, Abu said good news “will help quell panic among Filipinos and motivate them to contribute to government’s fight against the dreaded disease.”