Dr. Elizabeth Macliing-Solang closed her obstetrics and gynecology clinic in March last year when Luzon went into a lockdown and started a diary about life in the mountain city during the novel coronavirus disease pandemic.
More than just an account of the health crisis that has kept most people indoors and the anxieties many suffered, her “Diary of a COVID-19 Patient” provides details on the first health-care measures taken by her colleagues who have yet to understand the nature of the new coronavirus.
Solang tested positive for the virus two days after her 61st birthday on April 24.
The lockdown had not sidelined her. Solang continued to see patients as a visiting consultant of four hospitals, including Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, the central treatment hub in northern Luzon for COVID-19.
Solang said, “It was probably during those times that I got the virus, despite my wearing a face mask. Face shields were not imposed yet then.”