July 27, 2022

The Davao City COVID Task Force has announced the new guidelines regarding home isolation and quarantine for fully vaccinated and partially vaccinated asymptomatic patients and close contacts.

COVID TF spokesperson Dr. Michelle Schlosser, at the COVID Alert Program aired over the Davao City Disaster Radio on Wednesday, said the new IATF Resolution, which was passed on June 24, provides for a set of much looser quarantine and isolation protocols for asymptomatic but vaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals.

Schlosser said fully vaccinated close contacts do not need to undergo quarantine if they show no symptoms.

“Only if they really have no symptoms,” she said.

Under the resolution, partially vaccinated or unvaccinated asymptomatic close contact individuals will have to quarantine for at least 14 days from exposure.

Meanwhile, isolation applies to asymptomatic COVID-positive individuals.

“When we say isolation, they are RT-PCR test-confirmed Covid positive patients,” Schlosser said.

Fully vaccinated asymptomatic COVID patients will have to go through seven days of isolation starting from the day their test samples were collected. The same applies for positive or suspected cases of fully vaccinated individuals showing mild symptoms. The isolation period of seven days starts from the onset of symptoms.

Ten days of isolation is required for partially vaccinated or unvaccinated asymptomatic patients manifesting mild symptoms, with the countdown starting from the onset of symptoms. COVID-positive or suspected individuals showing moderate symptoms, irrespective of vaccination status, will also have to undergo isolation for the same amount of time starting from the first day of the onset of symptoms.

For COVID-positive or suspected positive cases showing severe symptoms, regardless of their vaccination status, a 21-day isolation period is required. The same applies for the immunocompromised individuals manifesting severe symptoms. The isolation period will be counted starting from the first day the symptoms were observed.

With these new guidelines, the Davao City COVID Task Force urged Dabawenyos to be truthful in reporting symptoms of COVID.

“With these luag na (looser) guidelines on quarantine and isolation, gahangyo gyud mi sa mga tao na ayaw gyud mo pamakak (we are asking the people not to lie), please. Because, this will really put our city at risk,” Scholosser said.

“Ga-awhag mi sa tanan to not lie about your symptoms, because dili lang ang imong sarili imong gibutang sa risk but also your loved ones, your colleagues at work kay mutrabaho man ka kay walay quarantine, and those that you will be interacting with— mga strangers na walay kamuwang-muwang nagadala na diay kag virus (We are urging everyone not to lie about your symptoms because you are not only putting yourself at risk, but also your loved ones, your colleagues at work because you will be working if you are not under quarantine, and those you will be interacting with— strangers with no clue that you are carrying the virus),” Schlosser said. CIO