Baby Kobe is the Philippines’ youngest COVID-19 survivor at 16-days-old

Baby Kobe Manjares is officially the country’s youngest person to survive COVID-19. The 16-day-old baby recovered from the disease after being confined for 11 days, announced the Department of Health this Thursday.

“Our frontliners at the National Children’s Hospital tirelessly took care of the neonate for 11 days and successfully nursed him back to health!” the DOH captioned their post.

MEET OUR YOUNGEST COVID-19 SURVIVOR! ?Meet BABY SURVIVOR, a 16-day old baby who conquered COVID-19! Our frontliners at…

Posted by Department of Health (Philippines) on Wednesday, April 29, 2020

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According to ABS-CBN, baby Kobe was tested for COVID-19 when he was just 5 days old. He was experiencing symptoms of fever and constipation and was consequently rushed to the hospital. Baby Kobe recovered from the symptoms after being given antibiotics.

He was confirmed to be COVID-19 positive on the 9th day. The family is unsure how he could have contracted the virus as he was born at their house and only exposed to the outside when transferring to the hospital.

Baby Kobe’s father believes it unlikely that he contracted it from NCH as his samples were promptly taken when they arrived. However, they can now rest easy knowing that Baby Kobe is out of the woods and moving on to a 14-day quarantine period for observation.

Baby Kobe’s family is now appealing for help from the public as his father lost his job as a construction worker due to the enhanced community quarantine being implemented in Metro Manila. While the contractor his father works for has sent them food, they do not have the capability to cover daily expenses.

Anyone willing and able to extend help may contact ‭(0907) 565 9016‬.

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