Four elderly Filipinos who tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) fully recovered, making the country’s total recoveries to 13.

Patients 16 and 17 (PH16 & PH17), an elderly couple from San Juan City were among the successful recoveries from the virus. 

The 70-year-old man and his 69-year-old wife were sent home from the hospital on March 19. The old man first got the virus and infected his wife. The couple also suffers from hypertension.

Furthermore, a 75-year-old woman from Makati City, with a travel history to the US where she got the virus, was also discharged from the hospital on March 17.

Another patient included in the roster of recoveries is a 72-year-old man from Batangas with no travel history but was exposed to a person with COVID-19. He was sent home from the hospital on March 21. 

The fifth patient who recovered from the deadly virus is a 35-year-old woman from Rizal with no travel history and no exposure to known COVID-19 patients. She had pre-existing asthma when she was struck with the virus. The patient was released from the hospital on March 15.

According to statistics, about 80 percent of cases globally have a high chance of recovery “without needing special treatment”, according to the World Health Organization. 

COVID-19 symptoms are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. In some instances, a patient may experience aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea.

As of this writing, the Philippines posted 307 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 19 fatalities.  (RJ Espartinez)