The Department of Science and Technology Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) together with the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) will begin its study on the transmission pattern of COVID-19.
The agency said that the P4.985 million project is a prospective study of close contacts of COVID-19 confirmed cases which will be implemented by the RITM.
It seeks to determine the transmission of the disease to help improve and guide efforts to understand transmission of COVID-19 and prevent further spread of the disease.
Transmission pattern and disease severity will help in the characterization, spectrum of disease, and impact on the community. The information gathered in this research will be a guide in formulating guidelines for case isolation, contact tracing and disease control and prevention, the DOST said.
It is expected to yield data that will describe the transmission dynamics of the disease which will include clinical presentation and course of the disease, secondary infection rate, clinical attack rate among close contacts and symptomatic proportion of COVID-19 cases, to cite a few.
Data that will be generated from the study will be shared with the Department of Health to help in crafting policies that will improve the Departments strategy on preventing and containing the disease.