Coronavirus Back Story – Why Barbados is NOT Banning Travel from Affected Areas

The Editor

Barbados Underground

Barbados, W.I

Dear Sir/Madam

There was an article in your newspaper of 3 .February 2020 entitled: “Barbados not rushing to ban travellers from China.” The same message was also aired on radio. Mention was made about the statistical likelihood of an outbreak locally being under two percent. There was even mention of the fact that since 1967 there was no real impact on Barbados of the outbreak of contagious diseases. According to the aired news the local authorities were following the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. As the holder of a doctorate in microbiology and some one who has done post doctoral studies in the discipline, I have a few questions, which I want answered in the public interest.

According to the Center for Disease control and Prevention (CDC). the virus has an incubation period of two weeks. Infected person maybe asymptomatic during the two-week period. It was for this reason the USA instituted a ban on persons who had been exposed for less than two weeks entering its domain. The reason given for doing so was the logistics involved in screening for potential carriers. Let me explain.

Let us assume there is an asymptomatic carrier who has entered the Barbadian domain and is interacting with the locals. After realizing that there is an active carrier in Barbados, it is incumbent on the authorities to track down and screen all persons who have interacted with the carrier. If the carrier has interacted with one hundred persons, each person has to be screened. This only allows for interaction of the carrier with one hundred persons. Allowance also has to be made for the interaction of each member of the one-hundred with other people. As can be envisaged, the number of persons required to screen, dramatically increases to such an extent, that the screening process breaks down. It is for this reason that countries have introduced a ban on persons who come from infected areas. In the case illustrated above where would Barbados get the required trained persons to actively carry out screening?

There has been mention of the fact that Barbados is following the WHO guidelines. Is this the same WHO that was shown to be totally incompetent its handling of Ebola? What about the Haitian cholera outbreak? The latter was under the aegis of the United Nation of which WHO is a part. The best scientists in the field do not work for WHO; they are found in research institutions. The WHO like all other United Nations bodies are constrained by political realities of member states who push political objectives ahead of what the correct scientific should be. As far as I can make out, there seems to be a pecuniary method behind Barbados’s stance on this matter: namely an effort not to affect the tourist industry.

 

Sincerely

 

Robert D. Lucas, PH.D.

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    Read more here:
    https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/situation-reports/20200305-sitrep-45-covid-19.pdf?sfvrsn=ed2ba78b_2

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  • Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary [from the U.S Centers for Disease Control]

    Situation in U.S.
    Imported cases of COVID-19 in travelers have been detected in the U.S.
    Person-to-person spread of COVID-19 was first reported among close contacts of returned travelers from Wuhan.
    During the week of February 23, CDC reported community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 in California (in two places), Oregon and Washington. Community spread in Washington resulted in the first death in the United States from COVID-19, as well as the first reported case of COVID-19 in a health care worker, and the first potential outbreak in a long-term care facility.
    Read more here:
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html

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  • [Public health Canada] Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

    Current situation-Canada
    As of March 5, 2020, 45 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Canada. In addition, the Government of Quebec (French only) reported their third case of COVID-19 and the Government of Alberta reported their first case of COVID-19. The provinces have sent their presumptive positive samples to the National Microbiology Laboratory for further testing.

    Read more here
    https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html#a1

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  • [Public health England] Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice
    Information for the public on the outbreak of coronavirus, including the current situation in the UK and information about the virus and its symptoms.
    Read more here:
    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

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  • Caribbean Public Health

    Look here for more information
    http://carpha.org/What-We-Do/Public-Health/Novel-Coronavirus

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  • This is an update to the Situation Report in relation to the outbreak of COVID-19,published on March2,2020.This weekend the first confirmed cases were reported in the Caribbean sub-region.Heads of Government and regional partners convened at the start of the week to discuss the regional coordination for COVID-19.This,along with the rapidly evolving global situation now requires a shift in mindset in all countries from preparedness to readiness and rapid response
    Read more here

    Click to access COVID-19_CHINA_SitRept18.pdf

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  • Facebook Closes Seattle Office After Worker Tests Positive For Coronavirus

    A Seattle office of another tech giant is being affected by the fast-spreading coronavirus.

    A Facebook contractor has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The company notified employees of the diagnosis in a memo Wednesday night and informed then that Facebook’s Stadium East office will be closed until March 9. Staffers are encouraged to work from home until the end of March.

    The Facebook employee who had contracted the virus was last in the Seattle office on Feb. 21.

    “A contractor based in our Stadium East office has been diagnosed with the COVID-19,” a company spokesperson said in a statement released to the media Wednesday night. “We’ve notified our employees and are following the advice of public health officials to prioritize everyone’s health and safety.”

    Yesterday, Amazon notified its staff that an employee from its South Lake Union complex in Seattle had tested positive for the coronavirus.

    https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/facebook-closes-seattle-office-workertests-062253406.html

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  • Dow risks longest Friday losing streak in 14 years as coronavirus has Wall Street dreading weekends

    TGIF? That is hardly the case for Wall Street investors who own stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which is on track for a dubious distinction if it finishes in negative territory tomorrow.

    Friday sessions have been marked by dread among investors lately because of the uncertain landscape that the coronavirus outbreak has created heading into weekends.

    In fact, if the 124-year-old blue-chip index DJIA, -3.57% closes lower tomorrow, it will have put together its longest run of Friday losses, seven straight, since the string of eight straight Friday losses that ended July 2006, according to Dow Jones Market Data.

    “Fridays have become the scariest day of the week because we know with a high percentage of certainty that there’s going to be more bad news, and we have seen how that manifests in equity valuations,” Art Hogan, chief market strategist at National Securities, told MarketWatch.

    The viral outbreak that was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December has sickened nearly 98,000 people and claimed at least 3,300 lives so far, spreading around the globe.

    A series of travel restrictions put in place by various governments as well as policies from large employers recommending that workers reconsider business and even personal trips in some instances is negatively impacting the travel industry and is likely to dent the global, if not the domestic, economy.

    For that reason, the Federal Reserve cut benchmark interest rates on Tuesday by a half-point to the 1%-to-1.25% range, marking the first time the central bank has conducted an emergency rate cut since the 2008 financial crisis. Market participants are now anticipating another half-point cut at the Fed’s scheduled March 18 meeting.

    Read:What the Fed’s surprise interest rate cut means for mortgage rates

    The infectious disease is an exogenous factor that economists and investors are finding difficult to model, and weekends have come with a greater — though somewhat expected — degree of incidence increases outside of China and new steps by governments to limit the outbreak, which in turn threaten to slow down economic expansion.

    See:Fed expected to continue cutting interest rates, beginning as soon as later this month

    Testing for the illness hasn’t gotten under way robustly in the U.S. because the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initially distributed flawed tests, USA Today reported.

    At least 206 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the U.S., and 11 have died, as of Wednesday, according to figures from the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering’s Centers for Systems Science and Engineering.

    Large corporations including Google parent Alphabet Inc. GOOGL, -4.83% GOOG, -4.86% and Microsoft MSFT, -2.51% have asked staffers to work from home, and shares of air carriers Delta Inc. DAL, -7.19% , American Airlines AAL, -13.43% and United Airlines Holdings Inc. UAL, -13.25% , as well as the travel site Tripadvisor Inc. TRIP, -8.88% , have been hammered by flight cancellations and reduced business and personal travel.

    Even before the coronavirus anxiety reached its recent apex, the Dow has been trading tentatively on Fridays. So far this year, the blue-chip benchmark has been down eight of the past nine Fridays:

    https://www.marketwatch.com/story/tgif-dow-industrials-are-on-pace-for-the-longest-friday-losing-streak-in-14-years-as-coronavirus-has-wall-street-dreading-weekends-2020-03-05?siteid=yhoof2&yptr=yahoo

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  • Baje
    The signs are all over expect economies to have severe financial meltdowns
    Panic driven by fear of this unknown virus is one that many govts did not expect and which has mushroom in a nightmare of doomday possibilities

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  • The two of you probably blame Mia.

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  • The two of you probably blame Mia.
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    THERE GOES THE BUFFOON.

    WHO REALLY CARES ABOUT MIA?

    THE INFO IS TO MAKE OTHERS AWARE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING OUTSIDE THE ISLAND.

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  • You do what you do best.

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  • The CMO updated Barbados yesterday that we have 60 beds available for mule cases and 6 beds for the very serious. He took time to mention that the majority of those with caronavirus symptoms, it will be mild. Given the infectious nature of this virus the authorities are resigned to the virus appearing at some point and have been focusing on readying the infrastructure to support when it comes.

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  • ” Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

    Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

    Stay home when you are sick.

    Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash

    Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

    If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.”

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html

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  • Agree
    Baje

    THERE GOES THE BUFFOON.

    WHO REALLY CARES ABOUT MIA?

    THE INFO IS TO MAKE OTHERS AWARE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING OUTSIDE THE ISLAND

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  • Thanks Hants.

    It seems until the powers come up with the vaccine it is hit or miss. This virus has really disrupted global supply chain therefore you can bet a vaccine will be found quickly.

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  • Stay Informed
    The Rich Are Preparing for Coronavirus Differently
    Concierge doctors, yachts, chartered planes and germ-free hideaways.

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    Credit…Illustration by Tracy Ma/The New York Times
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    By Alex Williams and Jonah Engel Bromwich
    Published March 5, 2020
    Updated March 6, 2020, 12:35 a.m. ET
    The new coronavirus knows no national borders or social boundaries. That doesn’t mean that social boundaries don’t exist.

    “En route to Paris,” Gwyneth Paltrow wrote on Instagram last week, beneath a shot of herself on an airplane heading to Paris Fashion Week and wearing a black face mask. “I’ve already been in this movie,” she added, referring to her role in the 2011 disease thriller “Contagion.” “Stay safe.”

    Ms. Paltrow did not pose with just any mask, unlike, say, Kate Hudson and Bella Hadid, who also recently posted selfies wearing cheaper, disposable masks. The Goop founder and influencer of influencers instead opted for a sleek “urban air mask” by a Swedish company, Airinum, which features five layers of filtration and an “ultrasmooth and skin-friendly finish.”

    Never mind that the surgeon general, Jerome M. Adams, begged people to refrain from indulging in mask mania on Twitter last weekend. Priced from $69 to $99, the Airinum mask, which has been popping up on Instagram stylistas, is sold out on its website until April. (The MoMA Design Store, which carried the mask, is also sold out.

    At C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries, a venerable pharmacy in Greenwich Village, N95 face masks that can filter for viruses have been sold out for weeks, said Justin O’Connor, who works in the store’s surgical department. There is a waiting list of 300 people.

    “A lot of big names come into C.O. Bigelow; they’re usually pretty humble,” Mr. O’Connor said. Now, some people are trying to name-drop their way into snagging masks. “They’ll be like ‘Do you know who i work for

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    If I were leading a 6th form English discussion (or even a blog chat) I would pose the following and ask – ‘How (freaking) crazy ironic is this:

    The Trump administration has taken steps to ease punitive tariffs against certain medical items from China amid escalating concerns about a coronavirus outbreak in the US

    That would be really ‘funny’ at any other time !

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  • Some of us are not afraid to die. We know that our death is inevitable.

    But, NOBODY wants to suffer; not even Donald Trump.

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  • Maybe Mariposa is right that bacteria can turn into viruses. i used to have a pussy cat, and what do you know, this morning when i opened my back door to feed the pussy, she had turned into a massive pit bull.

    So if cats can turn into dogs, what’s to stop bacteria from turning into viruses?

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  • @Baje March 6, 2020 7:28 AM “THE INFO IS TO MAKE OTHERS AWARE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING OUTSIDE THE ISLAND.”

    G’night Baje. Don’t tell anybody that i told you, but Bajans have access to the internet and can easily find out what is happening outside the island. I mean some of us even have parents, siblings, and children who live outside of Barbados and we talk to them EVERY DAY.

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  • @ Silly Woman March 6, 2020 8:23 PM
    “Maybe Mariposa is right that bacteria can turn into viruses. i used to have a pussy cat, and what do you know, this morning when i opened my back door to feed the pussy, she had turned into a massive pit bull.
    So if cats can turn into dogs, what’s to stop bacteria from turning into viruses?”
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    Are you sure it was your own “pussy cat” which turned into a ‘pitiful’ doggie and not a ‘fowl-cock’ in the yard?

    You ought not to be so flippantly dismissive of Ms Many pussy’s claim.
    Maybe the DLP cat woman is suggesting that Bacteria can be commandeered by the parasitical Viruses to be transported to living cells of their human hosts to do their deadly work.

    Maybe in her simple Simon-type innocuous ignorance she is explaining the principle underlying the call for the washing of hands and avoidance of the touching of eyes; and even minimizing contact with humans and other mammals especially the deliberate avoidance of direct contact with those suspected of having been infected with any virus including Covid-19 and Ebola.

    We are sure you will clearly understand (with a little tutelage from Robert Lucas and Dr. GP) given your lifetime of experience in working with the sick and elderly at every healthcare institution in Bim and abroad.

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  • I cant suggest anything when it comes to many resistant strains of viruses to modern day medicine
    As it is medical science is yet to bring forward what has caused the Corona virus to mutate in many forms
    So what if i say bacteria contributes to virus
    Everday science retracts conclusions on my different findings attributed to many illness

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  • I can suggest anything when it comes to many resistant strains of viruses to modern day medicine
    As it is medical science is yet to bring forward what has caused the Corona virus to mutate in many forms
    So what if i say bacteria contributes to virus
    Everday science retracts conclusions on my different findings attributed to many illness

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  • If the virus reaches the coasts of Barbados, we need someone to blame. I suggest we accuse the usual: cockroaches, Guyanese and the DLP, specifically Chris Sinckler.

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  • @Miller March 6, 2020 9:40 PM ” your lifetime of experience in working with the sick and elderly at every healthcare institution in Bim and abroad.”

    Take your dementia meds and stay in bed like a good boy. I have never claimed to have worked in any health care institution anywhere, and indeed I have NEVER worked in health care.

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  • Google twice daily.

    covid-19 updates

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  • Dr.George says “Brace for Covid-19

    Going back to the headline if the country had banned those from countries where Covid-19 is present it would have to add countries to the list every day.

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  • What is our coronavirus strategy, apart from the president talking waffle?

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  • China’s coronavirus recovery is ‘all fake,’ whistleblowers and residents claim

    China’s claims of how it’s handling coronavirus recovery should be taken with more than a few grains of salt.

    Even before COVID-19 became a global crisis, Chinese leaders had been criticized for their handling of the situation and lack of transparency about the disease’s progression. Things now look like they’re on the upswing, and businesses even appear to be headed back to work — but whistleblowers and local officials tell Caixan that’s just a carefully crafted ruse.

    Beijing has spent much of the outbreak pushing districts to carry on business as usual, with some local governments subsidizing electricity costs and even installing mandatory productivity quotas. Zhejiang, a province east of the epicenter city of Wuhan, claimed as of Feb. 24 it had restored 98.6 percent of its pre-coronavirus work capacity.

    But civil servants tell Caixan that businesses are actually faking these numbers. Beijing had started checking Zhejiang businesses’ electricity consumption levels, so district officials ordered the companies to start leaving their lights and machinery on all day to drive the numbers up, one civil servant said. Businesses have reportedly falsified staff attendance logs as well — they “would rather waste a small amount of money on power than irritate local officials,” Caixan writes.

    In Wuhan, officials have tried to make it appear that recovery efforts are going smoothly. But when “central leaders” personally survey disinfecting regimens and food delivery, local officials “make a special effort” for them and them alone, one resident told Caixan. And in a video circulating on social media, residents can be seen shouting at visiting leaders from the apartments where they’re being quarantined — “Fake, it’s all fake.”

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/chinas-coronavirus-recovery-fake-whistleblowers-191300391.html

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  • Hotel in China used to quarantine Corona victims collapses killing 70 people
    The fallout from this virus going to be worse than the virus

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  • New CDC guidance says older adults should ‘stay at home as much as possible’ due to coronavirus

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/06/health/coronavirus-older-people-social-distancing/index.html

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  • Prof. Boyle shed “LIGHT” where most if not ALL* are in DARKNESS!!!

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  • Baje,
    Not only with coronavirus; people are suspicious of statistics coming from mainland China.
    Statistics from China are always accepted with a grain of salt.

    First two paragraphs..

    “New research suggests that China’s economy is only half the size of America’s—and growing much more slowly than officially reported.

    by Salvatore Babones
    China’s economy isn’t what it used to be (at least as recently as last week). Four intrepid economists—Wei Chen, Xilu Chen and Michael Song of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, along with Chang-Tai Hsieh of the University of Chicago—have taken a fine-toothed comb to Chinese economic data to try to tease out China’s true rate of economic growth since 2008. Not surprisingly, they found that China has been over-reporting its growth rate by an average of 1.7 percentage points every year.

    Shave off a little growth every year for the last dozen years ago, and the cumulative effect is that China is now overstating its true GDP by nearly 20 percent. ”

    However, we on BU need to be careful that statement of facts do not become racist bashing. There is a lot of it on social media.

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  • The 80 yr old man who died from coronavirus in the UK recently returned from a cruise in the Caribbean. Since Barbados is the hub for most UK/Caribbean cruises, did this mean pass through Barbados? Do our officials know if he did?

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  • Did someone say you were a retired journalist? What else did the UK report state about where the virus was likely contracted?

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  • G’night Baje. Don’t tell anybody that i told you, but Bajans have access to the internet and can easily find out what is happening outside the island. {Quote}

    @ Silly Woman

    He said he only comes to BU to expose the truth.

    You think taking news from news outlets that people would have SEEN and READ and copying them to BU is his way of exposing the truth?

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  • “@ Silly Woman March 6, 2020 8:23 PM

    “Maybe Mariposa is right that bacteria can turn into viruses.”

    she is correct. The bacteria are turned into viral particles after the virus has hijacked the DNA of the bacteria causing them (bacteria) to produce copies of the virus’s DNA. In other words, the bacteria no longer are capable of producing their own DNA.. The term bacteriophage is used to describe viruses which hijack bacterial DNA. This process was exploited by the Soviets during the inter-war years to control infectious bacterial pathogens. Indeed, scientist in the west are now starting to use this method to control anti-biotic resistance. Each bacterium has a specific virus that can hijack its DNA.

    The article below is by Professor Pennington. Silly Woman, the professor did not work in food, but was the leading microbiologist to tackle the E. coli food-borne outbreak in Scotland which killed quite a few persons. As I said microbiology is microbiology.Hopefully it will clear up some points.

    “The killer virus that just keeps breeding: PROFESSOR HUGH PENNINGTON explains how Covid-19 spreads, what its ‘aggressive strain’ is and whether it will die down in the summer
    By PROFESSOR HUGH PENNINGTON FOR THE DAILY MAIL
    PUBLISHED: 22:14 GMT, 6 March 2020 | UPDATED: 08:31 GMT, 7 March 2020

    WHAT EXACTLY IS CORONAVIRUS?
    ‘Coronavirus’ is the name given to a family of viruses that we have known about since the mid-1960s. Covid-19, the cause of the current outbreak, is a new strain of coronavirus.
    In total, we know of seven coronaviruses that can infect humans. They include certain strains of the common cold and the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome).
    SARS, MERS and Covid-19 are coronaviruses that evolved from animals to infect humans.
    At the virus’s core is a bundle of RNA (ribonucleic acid), one of the two main types of genetic material underpinning all life (the other being DNA or deoxyribonucleic acid).
    This is protected by a protein coating that assists the virus in its sole aim in life: to replicate and pass on its genes.
    To do this it must invade the cells of other organisms, using long tendrils on its protein coat which reach out like fingers to grasp on to protein molecules on the surfaces of the cell it is trying to infect.
    These tendrils have knobs on the end which make the virus look like a crown – corona in Latin, hence its name.
    HOW IS IT PASSED BETWEEN PEOPLE?
    The virus’s preferred home is in the mucous membranes of the lungs. Each package of newly-replicated viral RNA is wrapped in a protective coating of its own and can be passed on in various ways: most commonly being coughed out of the airways in the form of airborne droplets and then inhaled by other people.
    Alternatively, it can be transferred manually – for example, if you touch a hard surface onto which the droplets have fallen, hence the importance of current advice to wash your hands thoroughly and regularly.
    From the hands, coronavirus can get into the body when you touch your mouth, your nose or your eyes – the latter being connected to the throat via tear-ducts – and then breathed back down into the lungs.
    The virus can also be found in human stools. This is a theoretical method of transmission – poor sanitation caused many SARS infections – but there is no evidence yet that Covid-19 has been passed on like this.
    HOW DOES IT MAKE US ILL?
    By forcing the lung cells of the infected person to replicate its RNA, Covid-19 disrupts normal respiratory functioning. This includes the constant waving motion of cilia: tiny hair-like projections in the lungs which sweep out mucus and dirt or particles that have been breathed in from the air around us.
    With this vital defence mechanism impaired, the lungs are more vulnerable to potentially deadly infections like pneumonia.
    We know that our immune systems are strongest when we are younger, so it is not surprising that children appear to be the least vulnerable to developing the worst symptoms of coronavirus.
    The opposite is true of elderly people, especially if their lung function is already compromised – for example, by life-long smoking or conditions like COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
    In people of all ages, the symptoms can be worsened when the body’s immune system goes into overdrive in its response to infection. White blood cells dispatched to fight the virus and reduce the inflammation in the lungs can damage healthy cells in the process.
    The fever experienced by many victims is another immune response, with the body raising its internal temperature to a level at which the virus can no longer operate.
    The majority of people infected with Covid-19 will experience symptoms so mild that they will not even know that they have had the disease.
    WHAT IS THE VIRUS’S ‘AGGRESSIVE’ STRAIN?
    Viruses mutate all the time and what the Chinese scientists have identified is a minor variation (known as L-type) to the existing Covid-19 (S-type) rather than a new and insidious new virus.
    The word ‘aggressive’ is being used to describe it but the facts are less alarming. The S-type which kicked off the epidemic in China appears to be milder and less infectious; L-type seems to be more infectious – it currently accounts for 70 per cent of cases – but does not appear to be causing symptoms that are any worse.
    Bear in mind that new strains of influenza are evolving constantly. That is why our annual flu jabs contain two or three different vaccines which change year on year.
    Any future vaccine against Covid-19 will similarly take account of the different strains out there.
    WILL IT DIE DOWN OVER THE SUMMER?
    Respiratory infections are certainly more common in winter. There is no simple explanation for this, but one theory is that viruses can survive longer in colder weather when there is less UV radiation (which can kill microbes) from sunlight bearing down on the hard surfaces on which they linger.
    Or it may be that people get together in confined spaces more often in winter.
    Whatever the explanation, there is no way of knowing what warmer weather will bring for the coronavirus. During the 2009 swine flu pandemic, UK cases peaked in July.
    CAN YOU COMPLETELY PROTECT YOURSELF?
    Short of wearing a spacesuit, or stopping the people around you from breathing, the answer is no.
    But public health control measures proved highly effective in eradicating SARS in 2002/2003.
    Even if we are not completely rid of Covid-19, it may eventually evolve into different strains of the common cold – a recurring winter infection which many of us build immunity to, having caught it once.
    That said, there is no room for complacency. And if we can draw anything positive from the spread of Covid-19, it’s as a reminder that we cannot skimp on funding if science is to keep pace with the ever-evolving threats to our health both now and in the future.”

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  • @Terence M Blackett March 7, 2020 3:01 PM

    Prof. Boyle is a lawyer and is not competent to talk on microbiological matters. He can only speculate on what he has read.

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  • Everyone should read that article through twice and digest it.

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  • Low water pressure in parts of St Lucy and St Peter

    Barbados in a prolonged drought.

    If a covid-19 out break hits Barbados wunna in serious trouble.

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  • re @Terence M Blackett March 7, 2020 3:01 PM

    Prof. Boyle is a lawyer and is not competent to talk on microbiological matters. He can only speculate on what he has read.

    I AGREE WITH YOU 100% DR LUCAS
    LAWYERS ARE NOT COMPETENT TO PONTIFICATE ON MICROBIOLOGY THEY ARE MICROBIOLOGICAL AND VIROLOGY ILLITERATES

    THEY SHOULD STAY IN THEIR LANES

    MICROBIOLOGICAL AND VIROLOGY ESPECIALLY ARE SOME OF THE MORE DIFFICULT AREAS IN MEDICINE TO UNDERSTAND AND MASTER

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  • Seems as if this virus is also on a mission which would put balance into the world economic
    As of now their is much a feeling of too much control is given to the few while the majority suffers in silence

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  • Parts of Italy under lock down as govt tries to contain the spreading of the virus
    There are also reports that some one in the Vactican City has the virus
    Meanwhile the Pope has cancelled his usual outdoor Sunday blessing with the crowds

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  • Watch out Trump does not put those states with reported infections on lock down too.

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  • There are 4000 people in quarantine in america
    So yes if the virus spreads they might be reason for lockdown
    Meanwhile i hope govt has a log of names who have entered barbados from america recently
    The importance of having a log in event names having the virus can be verified if these victims entered barbados while infected with the virus as well as leaving

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  • The virus is so widely spread and difficult to detect. The world will have to adjust to live with it until such time a vaccine is found.

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  • And David do u have any suggestions as to how people live with a deadly virus until a vaccine is found
    Sometimes your utterances are dumbfounding and simply comes across as highnorance

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  • How is this virus more deadly than others?

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  • “It doesn’t look like this virus is ever going to go back in its box,” Professor Mackay said.

    “And so we’re likely to have the virus ­become what we call an ­endemic virus, or a virus that’s just with us for life.

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/everyone-will-get-coronavirus-virologist-warns-as-scott-morrison-activates-pandemic-plan/news-story/8abfad468537ec72d424994629075619

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  • The good news being that this virus would force govt to enforce laws to protect the enviroment and force individuals to come to a righteous understanding of sanitation
    One can bet that landfills would become one of Corona Casualties
    Welcome to a necessary and needed change to protect the enviroment
    As old folks say at times u have to be struck over the head with a sledge hammer to get some common sense

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  • Wasn’t this virus isolated to a city in China and to bats?

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  • The greed mongers of the world who had brought most of humanity to his knees
    Now cowers in fear knowning that if this virus is not contained the would lose everything they owned
    Just a read of the business Reviews and what the virus is doing to economies tell a sobering tale for the greed mongers who have manipulated and exploited especially the poor people across the world
    Irionic most of these greed mongers had most of their financial empires in China the very place where Corona raised its ugly head
    Could it just be Mother Natures way of getting even

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  • When the virus first emerged their were differing stories
    Any how the real cause has not been verified
    But if guess had to be made the virus could have developed from unsanitary conditions within those ungodly and polluted factories lodged within in the poor sections of China

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  • Just saying that there must be a more concerted effort from govts in protecting the environment starting with cleanliness
    The fact that barbados waterways are being destroyed because of raw sewage is criminal
    The fact that the swamp has been treated with such disrespect and disregarded as irrelevant to animals and humans well being by govts is criminal
    Such dastardly actions would eventually bite all in the a.ss
    Not surprising that China was caught off guard when the outbreak started (here) is a country one of the worlds largest economic giants but has pollution levels unheard of in modern day society
    Not to say that the West isnt complicit but have shown some effort to put laws in place to combat pollution
    Yes i will be hard on barbados govt calling them at attention to do the right thing for the environment

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  • There is no need to guess.The world is satisfied as to where the virus originated.

    https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/the-new-coronavirus-what-we-do-and-dont-know-2020012518747

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  • Sir i am not disputing the origin of the virus
    All i did was to expand on how the virus could have developed and causes

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  • Earlier i stated that this Virus would have an effect which would force govt to take a more proactive hands on approach in sanitation and the environment
    New York city subways a place where filth and grim lives is being sanitize thoroughly in recent days since Corona made its presence known

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  • these are images that rarely seen or talked about china but within this image is grim and ugliness call sickness and death which eventually waits for the opportune moment to raise its ugly head

    https://qph.fs.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-23bd2a9336e99cae758da94a8ee8769d

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  • Francis Boyle is a professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law. He received an AB (1971) in Political Science from the University of Chicago, then a JD degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, and AM and PhD degrees in Political Science from Harvard University. He practiced tax and international tax with Bingham, Dana & Gould.

    Professor Boyle serves as counsel to Bosnia and Herzegovina and to the Provisional Government of the Palestinian Authority. He also represents two associations of citizens within Bosnia and was involved in developing the indictment against Slobodan Milosević for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    Over his career, he has represented national and international bodies including the Blackfoot Nation (Canada), the Nation of Hawaii, and the Lakota Nation, as well as numerous individual death penalty and human rights cases. He has advised numerous international bodies in the areas of human rights, war crimes and genocide, nuclear policy, and bio-warfare. From 1991-92, he served as Legal Advisor to the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East Peace Negotiations.

    Professor Boyle served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International, as a consultant to the American Friends Service Committee, and on the Advisory Board for the Council for Responsible Genetics. He DRAFTED* the U.S. domestic implementing legislation for the Biological Weapons Convention, known as the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, that was approved unanimously by both Houses of the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President George H.W. Bush…

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  • https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30183-5/fulltext

    SUPPOSEDLY CLUELESS* VIROLOGISTS BAFFLED OVER THE ORIGINS OF #CORONOVIRUS!!! #YeaRight!

    No wonder…

    It’s a CAT & MOUSE game for these #InvidiousBASTERDS!

    Is that the “SPIEL” memoed from up on high?

    Many of us are sticking with Professor Boyle’s assertions given his OBVIOUS BAN from the so-called #MSM (mainstream media, like BBC & other major US Networks) AS “TRUTH” IS A RARITY THESE DAYS…

    AGAIN, STAY CALM & ASK THE BRITISH GOV* 4 THE #VACCINE (which they have had since 2018)!!!

    No wonder the #PrimeMonster Boris ‘BOZOTHECLOWN’ Johnson doesn’t care who he shakes hands with as he has already had his #JAB…

    Everyone is FREE to believe what they want but as sure as day meets night – if this PANDEMIC happens to be ominous droplets of the “VIALS OF GOD WRATH” to yet fall upon an unrepentant world – #StayTunedFolks!

    Sadly, the tipping point has not even been reached, like the glowing embers of #WorldWarIII becomes a towering “INFERNO” where “PROPHECY” says in Rev 9:14-16 (ONE-THIRD OF MANKIND) will surely die violently!!!

    The “BULLET TRAIN” is on the tracks – moving at #QuantumSpeed with one outcome: THE APOCALYPSUS!

    GET READY, GET READY, GET READY!

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  • 1918-19, “Spanish flu,” [Type A, subtype (H1N1)], caused the highest number of known influenza deaths: more than one-half million people died within the United States (nearly half of the deaths were young healthy adults aged 20-40), and between 50 and 100 million people may have died worldwide. Most deaths occurred within the first few days after infection, some deaths within hours of symptom onset, and other deaths occurred later as a result of complications. Influenza A (H1N1) viruses still circulate today after having been reintroduced in the 1970s. Although called the “Spanish Flu” because the first widely reported deaths were in Spain, it probably originated in China…

    1957-58, “Asian flu,” [Type A, subtype (H2N2)], caused about 70,000 deaths in the United States. The “Asian flu” was initially identified in China in late February 1957. Three months later, it spread to the United States with early reports of infection as early as June 1957…

    1968-69, ” Hong Kong flu,” [Type A subtype (H3N2)], was responsible for about 34,000 deaths in the United States. The “Hong Kong flu” virus was first detected in Hong Kong in early 1968 and spread to the United States within a few months. Influenza A (H3N2) viruses still circulate today…

    2009, “Mexican Swine flu,” [Type A subtype (H1N1)], is believed to have arisen in Mexico (the location of the most suspected cases), although it was first documented in the United States. This virus is designated as “swine flu” because initial laboratory testing showed that many of the genes in this new strain were similar to influenza viruses that normally occur in pigs in North America…

    Further research, however, has shown that this new virus is very different from what normally circulates in North American pigs. It has pig virus genes from flu viruses that normally circulate in pigs in Europe and Asia in addition to avian virus genes and human genes. This virus is called “quadruple reassortant” because of these four types of genes comprising this virus…

    The virus has been responsible for only 1 death in the United States among 226 documented cases in 21 States as of May 3, 2009. The “Mexican Swine flu” virus was first detected in April 2009 in the United States and has spread to multiple countries within one month, causing it to be labeled as a pandemic. Mortality from this strain of flu appears to be low, and the greatest concern voiced by the CDC surrounds it’s potential to mutate into a more virulent form like the 1918 Spanish flu…

    SEE: http://cytokinestorm.com/

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  • Click to access 2019-10-25-The-History-of-Vaccines-Human-Cell-Strains-in-Vaccine-Development-College-of-Physicians-of-Philadelphia–accessed-Oct-25-2019.pdf

    The Wellcome Acne Vaccines were pure VOODOO SCIENCE dressed up to look respectable!!!

    It is certain that the Wellcome Medicine Chest “Tabloid” brand concoctions advertised for acne vaccines were pure voodoo. There has never been a vaccine for acne.

    And yet, these mad British Spy-Press-scientists were instructed, for example, to inject “An emulsion of killed tubercle bacilli of human or bovine origin” (p.235).

    This is simply outrageous in its inhumanity…

    The first licensed vaccine made with the use of a human cell strain (SEE: “History of Vaccines”) was the adenovirus vaccine used by the military in the late 1960s, experts tell us…

    What untold damage to world health did the Empire Press Union Spy Delegates do when they took their Wellcome “Tabloid” medicine chests back home and on their many expeditions?

    Were those fake acne vaccines merely delivery mechanisms for depopulation viruses like the Spanish Flu Pandemic?

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  • ” Italy has placed up to 16 million people under quarantine as it battles to contain the spread of coronavirus.”

    The death toll in Italy has passed 230, with officials reporting more than 36 deaths in 24 hours.

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  • Iran‘s death toll from coronavirus reached 145 on Saturday after another 21 people were confirmed to have died during the last day,

    the tally of confirmed infections had increased by more than 1,000 during the last 24 hours, totalling 5,823 by Saturday.

    https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

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  • WUHAN VIRUS – (SUPPOSEDLY-DEAD SERIAL PAEDOPHILE JEFFREY EPSTEIN) & HARVARD UNIVERSITY:

    #ConnectingTheDOTS

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  • Has demand for flights from the UK to Barbados dropped? Is there a health check for visitors at the airport? What is our coronavirus strategy? Will there be a revised economic growth analysis?
    Finally, where is Verla?

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  • Hal .Those type of questions requires a governance which maintains a high level of accountability and transparency
    Need i say which is lacking in present govt
    Unless there are photo ops attached to questions the elephant in the room is called by the name PM of un-accountablity

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  • GLOBAL COLLAPSE PROTOCOLS WILL LEAD TO #GREATDEPRESSION2 & INEVITABLY #WW3

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  • Earlier i posted links showing another side of china where danger lives

    To add words to those pics this is what i think

    Yes those countries have a filthy side that govts never talk about
    Just envision all that filth and squalor combined with all the pollution coming from factories being airborne it would be just a matter of time before death and mayhem in the form of deadly resistant viruses cover the entire planet
    Obviously greed is at the heart of this doomsday scenario

    https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTqKtfZVp_8CgHHLGxI4C-VQlR6ZsCH6gdcP6MPShnbM_PDc355KR5ofnBi2w&s

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  • HAVE LESSONS BEEN LEARNED FROM THE 3-PHASE DEBACLE OF 1918 SPANISH FLU PANDEMIC?
    #EverLearning NEVER coming to a knowledge of TRUTH*…

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  • American Hospital Association (AHA) “Best Guess Epidemiology” for #COVID-19 over next 2 months (APRIL – MAY):

    96,000,000 infections
    4,800,000 hospitalizations
    1,900,000 ICU admissions
    480,000 deaths

    VS* Mathematical Model of 2019 FLU STATS:

    35,500,000 infections
    490,600 hospitalizations
    49,000 ICU admissions
    34,200 deaths

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  • https://tomeraltman.net/2020/03/03/technical-problems-COVID-primers.html

    Technical Problems with Existing CDC COVID-19 Primers, and an Improved Set of Primers

    #Hairpins & #Dimers? WOW!

    This makes the 1st-year-PhD-student level of mistakes look like an undergraduate foible!

    1000s of students in any 3rd world country could competently design RT-PCR primers than the #VoodooScientists @ the CDC.

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  • Dr.Saul & Dr. Bergman et al – PROPONENTS OF VERY HIGH-DOSE INTRAVENOUS VITAMIN C TO CURE EVEN THE #Coronovirus!!!

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  • Now Mother Nature is fighting back with every ounce and breath of its well being
    Stay tuned
    Those capitalist bastards and govts that turned a blind eye to the cries of the enviroment and having no care of how their citizens live in filth and squalor has sow the wind now they will reap the whirlwind
    Again i say stay tuned

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  • dreamstarworld March 8, 2020 8:07 AM

    Am I supposed to be impressed by your article on Boyle? I have a Ph.D in microbiology and was a post doctoral researcher in recombinant DNA. Law has nothing to do with molecular biology or microbiology. Boyle is a charlatan when it comes to molecular biology and microbiology.

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  • @ Mariposa,

    those pictures you posted are NOT of China but are from Bangladesh. There was a program here recently showing what they called “railway people” in Bangladesh. They build these shacks on deserted or beside tracks in use. If you look in the lower right hand, you will see a Moslem in his long blue shirt.

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  • ” Three cruise ship passengers aboard the cruise liner Costa Magica, who were exhibiting respiratory symptoms and suspected of possibly having COVID-19, had their samples taken and tested for the coronavirus after arriving in Barbados on Sunday. The results were negative.”

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/03/08/three-cruise-ship-passengers-test-negative-for-covid-19/

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  • CDC warns against long plane trips and cruises as coronavirus cases mount

    New guidance from the CDC urges travelers, especially the elderly and those with compromised health, to avoid long plane trips “and especially” cruises — a stark shift in rhetoric from an administration that had previously appeared reluctant to discourage Americans from moving around the globe.

    The CDC now recommends that travelers “defer all cruise ship travel worldwide” and notes that “cruise ship passengers are at increased risk of person-to-person spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19.” The State Department on Sunday also recommended against cruise travel, citing an increased risk of coronavirus infection, and issued a warning that citizens should not rely on repatriation flights “as an option for U.S. citizens under the potential risk of quarantine by local authorities.”

    The new CDC guidance, coupled with the State Department warning, suggests a seismic shift coming for the cruise industry in particular, which depends heavily on American tourists, and disproportionately older ones.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/cdc-warns-against-long-plane-011420752.html

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  • Have you ever asked yourself why the Wuhan virus rages in northern Italy but not in southern Italy? The virus doesn’t seem to like the mild temperatures in southern Italy. India is also largely spared, as is Africa.

    If we are all lucky (there is no reliable medical data yet), the virus will behave similarly to the flu and only affect the whites in the north. I call this retributive justice.

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  • @ Tron March 8, 2020 10:42 PM

    ” If we are all lucky (there is no reliable medical data yet), the virus will behave similarly to the flu and only affect the whites in the north. I call this retributive justice.”

    What an outlandish wish. It is winter and the seas off Italy are very rough. The land borders to the north are opened and there is therefore ,an influx of people. As for Africa, its turn will come. All that is needed is one person who is infected and who happens to be an asymptomatic carrier visiting one African country. So I would suggest that you stop gloating Remember, he who laughs last, laugh the longest.

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