With the ongoing increase in pertussis cases, leading telehealth provider KonsultaMD offers convenient healthcare solutions to help fight this highly contagious respiratory illness.

The outbreak of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, has caused concern among health officials and the general public.

The Department of Health has reported 862 confirmed cases from January to March 23 this year.

Here are some things you should know about Pertussis:

  • Pertussis is a contagious lung infection caused by Bordetella pertussis bacteria. Cases have been rising in the Philippines, with outbreaks declared in Quezon City, Iloilo City, and Cavite province.
  • The disease may occur across ages, but children under 5 are particularly vulnerable to the disease, especially if unvaccinated or with weak immunity.
  • Symptoms include colds, fever, persistent cough with a “whooping” sound, possibly followed by vomiting

Pertussis can be prevented and treated. Precautions include wearing a mask and, if you have a cough, preventing further spread by covering your mouth when coughing.

If symptoms occur and you need to consult a doctor, KonsultaMD is prepared to offer quick medical assistance through its easy-to-use superapp. Users can consult with licensed doctors, receive expert medical advice, and address pertussis symptoms promptly from their homes, reducing the chance of additional complications. KonsultaMD also offers medicine delivery and diagnostic services.

“The current pertussis outbreak underscores the critical importance of timely medical intervention. We are committed to providing a seamless end-to-end healthcare experience, enabling Filipinos to seek professional advice and care without compromising their safety or convenience,” said said Beia Latay, Chief Executive Officer of KonsultaMD.

To consult a doctor through KonsultaMD, users can simply download the app from Google Play, App Store, or Huawei AppGallery, select video or chat as the desired consultation mode, and provide details regarding their symptoms or concerns. Within minutes, they will be connected with a licensed healthcare professional, ready to provide personalized guidance and recommendations.

As the pertussis outbreak continues to unfold, KonsultaMD remains committed to assisting Filipinos with accessible healthcare solutions. Through advanced technology and a dedicated team of medical professionals, the company is paving the way for a future where prompt medical attention is within reach for all, regardless of geographical or logistical barriers.

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