Despite remaining in a bubble with her family, Chynna Ortaleza shares how she and her family still tested positive for Covid-19. A family who has set strict health standards for their safety, Chynna and her husband, Kean Cipriano, didn’t think that they would still be infected by the virus.
What can you read in this article?
- Chynna Ortaleza Covid journey with the family
- Chynna Ortaleza Covid testing: Ang mahal mag pa RT-PCR! Aguy!
- How much does an RT-PCR cost?
Chynna Ortaleza Covid journey with the family
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In their separate Instagram posts and stories, the couple shared how they always chose to stay home and lessen their risk from exposure. They would disinfect everything, especially deliveries and packages, and would handle this with PPEs and KN95 masks on.
They thought all their defenses were up until they started experiencing symptoms and have tested positive for the virus.
Photo from Chynna Ortaleza’s Instagram
Chynna shares that she’s been experiencing a cough that she described as “’Yong ubo nito parang kahol sa kawalan” while their daughter Stellar broke a fever and Kean developed symptoms too.
Their hypothesis: the virus is indeed airborne.
“So where do we unmask? In the safety of our home. So I feel like this new variant is in the air.”
Kean in a separate post also said,
“We don’t go out. Walang human interaction, sanitize lahat ng deliveries. As in literal na OA kami sa pagka praning. Tinamaan pa rin. Mukhang nasa hangin na talaga!”
Photo from Chynna Ortaleza’s Instagram
Chynna notes that they have no exposure to a positive patient but have mentioned that she heard someone immensely coughing next door.
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So, might the virus be airborne?
In July of 2020, the World Health Organization has released a scientific brief noting that Covid-19 may be contracted through aerosol transmission:
“Airborne transmission is defined as the spread of an infectious agent caused by the dissemination of droplet nuclei (aerosols) that remain infectious when suspended in air over long distances and time.
Airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 can occur during medical procedures that generate aerosols (“aerosol generating procedures”).
WHO, together with the scientific community, has been actively discussing and evaluating whether SARS-CoV-2 may also spread through aerosols in the absence of aerosol-generating procedures, particularly in indoor settings with poor ventilation.”
After being initially reported that the virus can only be transferred through droplet transmission, The Conversation, in their article on how the coronavirus may spread through the air, has opened up a discussion on the aerosol transmission of the Covid-19.
The article says that smaller, lighter droplets can remain in the air longer than bigger droplets. If you’re infected, those droplets can carry the coronavirus, which can survive for many minutes to hours.
Furthermore, in a poorly ventilated environment, there is no safe distance since patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 can transmit huge amounts of the virus. Respiratory droplets can be dispersed further than 6 feet by air currents from a fan or ventilation system. As superspreader incidents have demonstrated, so can speaking loudly or singing.
Thus, spreading the virus farther than 6 feet or within your “bubble” is indeed possible.
Chynna Ortaleza Covid testing: Ang mahal mag pa RT-PCR! Aguy!
Chynna and her family were saved by self-test kits that let them manage the situation immediately. But she also rants how RT-PCR testing can get so expensive.
With it costing thousands, people may be left with no choice but to think of their symptoms as just “naubo, nahamugan, napilay, na-allergy at sari-saring na-ano lang”. This discounts the symptoms probably caused by Covid-19.
How much does an RT-PCR cost?
Last September 2021, the Department of Health set price restrictions for public laboratories. The price cap was at P2,800 for plate-based and P2,450 for GeneXpert. Private laboratories could only charge P3,360 for plate-based testing and P2,940 for GeneXpert tests.
Nevertheless, RT-PCR is still expensive and is generally not affordable for Filipinos. Early this month, the Palace said that the government is open to reassessing the price cap placed over the RT-PCR testing fees as well as for Anti-gen testing.
New Covid-19 testing guidelines
On January 14, the Department of Health also released new guidelines on the Quarantine, Isolation and Testing for Covid-19.
Photos from the Philippine News Agency
As of yesterday, January 19, 2022, there is a total number of 270, 728 confirmed cases in the country. With the Omicron variant of Covid-19 threatening us, the best we could do is to protect our families. Let’s beat the virus by staying at home, wearing our masks, disinfecting, and getting the vaccine and booster.
As Chynna Ortaleza said at the end of her IG post, “Boost your immune system.. Laban lang & pray!”
If you have symptoms or are exposed to a Covid-19 patient, talk to your local health unit for immediate assistance.