Just read this: "Last Wednesday, the Department of Health reported that the more infectious variant of the deadly virus has reached the Philippines after samples from a Filipino who arrived on a flight from the UAE posted positive genome sequencing results. Asked about the condition of the patient, [person X] said the Filipino was found to be asymptomatic and already recovering. "Hindi nga natin nailipat sa hospital e. This proves that while mas nakakahawa ang new variant, ang effect hindi naman mas grabe," she added. [Translation: We did not even transfer him to the hospital. This proves that while the new variant is more contagious, the effect is not more severe.]" So the conclusion that the effect of the new variant is not more severe is based on a sample of one! With that thinking the virus will be around these parts for years.