Coronavirus has already surpassed more than 3 million cases worldwide. According to experts, that alarming figure is expected to rise until we finally discover a viable vaccine. Because of this, the brightest minds from all over the world are working together to find a cure fast, and their efforts seem to be paying off.
In a bid to find the COVID-19 vaccine, experts have tested several drugs and medications which have worked in anti-viral cases before. While most of the results came back disappointing, some medications showed potential as COVID-19 treatment.
Dr. Willie Ong, a renowned medical practitioner from the Philippines, recently made an informative video about one of the trial drugs. In his latest video, Dr. Willie Ong discussed the drug remdesivir, which has been recommended by the World Health Organization as a potential cure for coronavirus.
Remdesivir has taken the place of hydroxychloroquine, which was initially believed to be the miracle cure for COVID-19. Researchers from the U.S. government-run trial found out that Remdesivir may hold the key in COVID-19 cure.
While this drug doesn’t necessarily cure COVID-19, it helps to ease the recovery times for the patients. The executive director of the WHO, Dr. Mike Ryan, revealed that there’s ‘signals of hope there for the potential use of the drug.’
More testing is required before finally approving Remdesivir for public use. As of now, the United States government has approved it for emergency use only. More clinical trials are needed to test the effectiveness and the safety of this drug for all COVID-19 patients.
For more information, watch Dr. Willie Ong’s explanation below:
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Susô na Bagongon, Maaaring Maging Mabisang Panlunas Laban sa Cancer
Cancer plagued millions of people every year. Thousands of brilliant minds from all over the world work together to discover a cure for cancer. Yet in spite of the billions of dollars spent on research, until now, the cure for this life-threatening disease remains elusive. Recently, researchers from the Philippines made a groundbreaking discovery.
Researchers from the University of the Philippines Manila have discovered the power of horn snails as a possible cure for cancer. According to a report in ABS-CBN News, pharmacy students discovered the powerful properties of horn snails, which are more popularly known as bagongon.
In their study, the researchers claimed that these horn snails may prevent cancel cells from growing, thus prevent it from spreading on other parts of the body. The horn snails or bogongon secretes a substance known as ‘sterol,’ which may affect cancer cells.
“Ang cancer kasi ay ang pagdami ng cells, at sa blood vessels kumukuha ng nutrisyon ang cells. So kung hindi na dumadami ang blood vessels, hindi na rin dadami ang cells,” says Sharmaine Po, who is a part of the study. They focused on horn snails due to its abundance, especially in Iloilo.
They tested the sterol on a 6-day-old duck egg. They injected the egg with sterol, and a few days later, they discovered that the sterol has suppressed the growth of the blood vessels in the egg. But while their study yielded positive results, discovering a cure for cancer is a tedious and expensive process.
The drug development can take up to 15 to 20 years. The possible cure will undergo countless of laboratory experiments, and it’s also required to undergo with clinical trials to test its efficiency and safety.
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COVID-19 Patient, Nasindak Matapos Umabot ng P1.3M ang Hospital Bill
The coronavirus pandemic is slowly taking over the world, with more than 2 million of positive cases all over the countries. The COVID-19 outbreak is especially tough in developing countries like the Philippines due to our unprepared hospital systems. But aside from the crippling fear of the virus, most patients are more concerned with the skyrocketing costs of the treatment.
This financial burden is more prevalent in the Philippines since we don’t have a universal healthcare system. Among those patients who were still reeling from the blow of coronavirus is Juliet Alunan. In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Alunan shared her horrifying experience in battling with COVID-19.
Speaking with ABS-CBN News, Alunan recalled how she struggled to fight with the highly-communicable disease: “Yong difficulty of breathing talaga, that’s the time na parang mapupugto ‘yong hininga ko kapag uubos na ako ta’s sasabay na hirap na akong huminga.”
The battle against COVID-19 is tough, but recovering is just the beginning. Once she started getting back up on her feet, Alunan had to face more pressing concerns. Among them is her hospital bill which reached more than P1.3 million in just the two weeks that she was hospitalized.
Fortunately for Alunan, her massive treatment costs were shouldered by Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).
“Talagang mahirap kapag wala kang pera sa ganitong sitwasyon, although alam naman natin na mayroon tayo na blessing kasi nakahabol pa ako sa benefits ng Philhealth.”
But the question still remains, what will happen to those people who don’t have PhilHealth coverage insurance? Will they be buried with mounting debts after the treatment?
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Ayon kay Dr. Willie Ong, Ito ang Pinakamabisang Paraan Para Iwasan ang COVID-19
As of March 27, more than 800 cases of coronavirus have already been reported in the Philippines. All over the world, countries and major cities are going into lockdown in an effort to contain the spread of the virus. With these alarming cases, many people are asking: what are the safest ways to protect yourself against this highly-communicable disease?
Former senatorial candidate Dr. Willie Ong gave tips and advice on how to protect yourself from coronavirus. On social media, many people are relying on the renowned doctor for sharing useful information. Way back in 2018, Dr. Willie Ong ran for the senatorial race, yet unfortunately, he fell off the list.
According to the renowned doctor, there are many ways to protect yourself from COVID-19. As of now, there’s still no known cure for this virus. But there are precautionary measures you can take in order to lessen your chances of contracting COVID-19.
On his latest video in Youtube, Dr. Willie Ong claimed that the best way to protect yourself from coronavirus is by practicing sanitation and good hygiene. Experts recommend washing your hands daily with soap and running water for about 20 seconds. This helps kill off any virus that might cling to your hands.
In addition to that, Dr. Willie Ong also advised practicing social distancing, especially when out in public. As much as possible, stay at home to prevent catching the virus. But if you must go out, make sure to practice social distancing and avoid touching surfaces in public.
We must also look out for our health during this pandemic. According to Dr. Ong, maintaining a healthy diet by eating fruits and vegetables can also build up your immune system. While they may not protect you directly from the virus, having a strong immune system helps you fight it off easier.
Check out Dr. Willie Ong’s video below:
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