The new Delta variant (B.1.617.2), which originated in India in 2020, eventually made its way to the Philippines and was first detected in the country in July 2021. This strain is reportedly more contagious than the other variants of COVID-19 already known, making it deadlier for any individual, vaccinated or not.
With vaccination, social distancing, and seemingly endless community quarantines set in place, is it really sensible to still keep testing at this point? Of course, it is! Why? Because SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 is still out there and is rapidly evolving into different variants.
According to WHO/Europe’s Siddhartha Sankar Datta, Regional Adviser on Vaccine-preventable Diseases and Immunization, vaccinated people can still become infected with the virus and may have no or only mild symptoms themselves.
“Vaccination reduces the risk but doesn’t fully prevent them from passing on the virus,” Datta said.
Another health expert named Ahmad Gaber said in an article that testing is important for two reasons: to warn the individual person and to provide surveillance that allows us to find out what we can do about the disease from a public health perspective.
COVID Testing in the New Normal
Because of the COVID-19 phenomenon, our reality shifted to a so-called “New Normal” where what used to be normal situations such as going to work, traveling locally or abroad, having small or big gatherings, or holding events, now require you to get tested.
Just recently, ISPS reached new heights with a partnership with Binibining Pilipinas. We provided COVID testing for all the contestants as well as the staff involved in the prestigious event. We also administered disinfection services for Araneta where the pageant took place. For more details about our sponsorship, head over to this link.
In a short interview that we had with Boy Abunda last June 29 before a Q&A event took place for Binibining Pilipinas, he said: “Testing is important because it is our right to know our status. Kapag alam natin yung status natin, we are able to protect ourselves. And when we are able to protect ourselves, we protect others.”