News Filipina frontline hero dies after getting Covid-19 twice

Filipina frontline hero dies after getting Covid-19 twice

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A Filipina doctor in the Philippines has recently died after being reinfected with the new coronavirus. 

Dr. Karen Senen, who was fondly remembered for her angelic voice by her colleagues, first battled Covid-19 in June and was later discharged from the hospital on July 3. 

However, according to a GMA News report, she started to feel Covid-19 symptoms again a few days after recovering from the virus. 

“Ang big unknown po ay ganito: Magkakaroon ba ng Covid-19 ang tao na nagka-Covid-19 na? Hindi pa po masyadong klaro yan. Dahil po ang antibodies na napo-produce ng mga tao na naka-recover, kaya nga tayo nakakapag-donate ng plasma, hindi pa rin po alam kung gaano katagal ito nasa sistema mo,” Dr. Jonas Del Rosario, PGH spokesperson, said. 

The doctor’s husband, Jerome, said she was burned out since the hospital she was working with became a Covid-19 centre. 

“And I think it’s one of those factors kung bakit nga siya tinamaan ng sakit. Pagod and stress din aside from being exposed to the virus,” he added. 

“Nawalan siya ng pang-amoy, nawalan siya ng panlasa, nawalan siya ng ganang kumain and then nakaramdam na ulit siya ng hingal, pero this time around kasama na ang fever na napakataas. Nagfo-40 siya,” Jerome recalled when his wife showed signs of reinfection. 

Senen became the 40th healthcare workers in the Philippines who have died from the disease, which has affected more than 200 countries and infected 23 million people as of August 24.

Ryan Namia
Ryan Namia spends most of his days reading over drafts of new written content and determining which ones make the final cut for online and print publication. He received his Bachelor's degree in Journalism in 2015 and has been writing since 2016. Got story to tell? Email him at eic@theglobalfilipinomagazine.com.

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