In this article for The Philippine Star, Ratziel San Juan details the various errors and discrepancies in the Department of Health (DOH) data on COVID-19 patients.
According to San Juan, the reporting format and protocols has changed several times since March, which has then led to inconsistencies in the data. The errors were discovered by the University of the Philippines COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team.
As of writing, the DOH has received the policy note and have promised to correct data inconsistencies.
Editor’s Note: Collection and recording of accurate information about COVID-19 is vital because these will be used in later studies seeking to understand the nature and impact of the disease to individuals and societies. Inconsistencies in data means can skew results and could lead to incorrect conclusions.
As was reiterated by the UP COVID-19 Response Team, fixing the reporting protocols for COVID-19 is essential, especially as the country is starting to loosen lockdowns. Moreover, various countries are raising issues on the way COVID-19 deaths are being classified [see This Is How COVID-19 Death Rates In The US Are Manipulated]. We must ensure that such problems are not present in the Philippines, and the only way that will be possible is if our reporting protocols are transparent and accurate.
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