Recharge – COVID-19 @Stage 2 and 3


Submitted by Grenville Phillips II,

Well, I have finally gotten the message – the threats are now too personal to ignore. To balance the safety of my family, and my duty to Barbados, these will be my final recommendations on COVID-19. They are to cover Stages 2 and 3.

The accusations are, of course, baseless. Asking basic questions is not breaking rank. Questioning is normal when the four steps to develop national plans are not followed.

Step 1 is to develop a draft plan. Step 2 is to present that plan for rigorous public scrutiny (since the public are stakeholders). Step 3 is to analyse the feedback and finalise the plan. Step 4 is to implement the plan.

Both administrations typically only do Steps 1 and 4. There is rarely critical review. This results in either stubbornly staying with a failing plan, or making band-aids under pressure to a weak plan.

The media should be asking pertinent questions, but they seem to have gotten the message a long time ago. They make press conferences as meaningless as a soap-opera. How about asking some of these questions.

The Government claimed that they will be spend $30M to build quarantine sites and respond to this virus. How is the Government procuring the $30M in goods and services?

No-bid contracts normally cost the public two to five times what the contract is actually worth. Is the Government using the same corrupting no-bid contracts for contractors, consultants and supplies? What qualifications are needed to share in the $30M to be disbursed?

The Government promised to appoint a contractor general to put an end to these corrupting no-bid contracts. How is that progressing? Why not start prequalifying Barbadian business right now, instead of automatically disqualifying most of them with the sorry excuse of urgency?

The hurricane season is approaching. We should not be constructing sub-standard buildings in Barbados, especially after turning the six-storey NIS building into rubble. So, to what category of hurricane are the buildings being built? Also, to what magnitude of earthquake? How durable are they?

I dare our established media to ask just one of these questions. Once they realise that the sky has not fallen, perhaps they will be less terrified – and ask another.


In preparation for Stage 2, we should assume that at least one person in our household will get the virus, and plan accordingly.

1. Supplement Diet

If I got the virus, then I would strengthen my body so that it can fight for me – as it has always successfully done. I would add to my daily diet: 1,000 mg of Vitamin C, at least one table-spoon of Blackstrap molasses, and at least five table-spoons of Apple Cider Vinegar.

You can purchase one gallon of blackstrap molasses from the sugar bond area of the port for $2, but carry a clean wide-mouth container. You only need a quarter of that, so distribute the remainder to others.

2. Sunshine

Ultra-violet sunlight is an effective disinfectant. Therefore, everyday, I would open every window curtain and let the sun shine in. I would also open the windows (with insect screens) to ventilate the house. Therefore, maintain some insect mesh and duct tape to keep out flies and mosquitoes.

If I got the virus, I would spend my days near a window where I can get natural light, and breathe clean air.

3. Flush Closed Toilets

COVID-19 RNA has been confirmed in blood and stool samples of some infected persons. Droplets from the toilet have been found on bathroom ceilings after flushing. Therefore, droplets can reach the bathroom’s sink (and any exposed toothbrushes) and towel rack. I would insist that everyone in my household close the lid when flushing the toilet.

Many infected persons have had diarrhea. You are likely to go through toilet paper more rapidly in that condition. Therefore, I would try to maintain 12 rolls of toilet paper for each member of my household.

4. Disinfect Shoes

Not everyone will stop their habitual spitting. The COVID-19 can exist for hours in the air and days on surfaces. You may step on someone’s spit, especially after it rains. Therefore, spray disinfectant on the bottom of your shoes before entering your house, and on your car mats when you get home.

5. Clean Pet Trays

If you feed pets outside, then clean their trays. Uneaten food attracts birds. Birds can step in the same spit and bring the virus to you, so do not attract them.

6. Invest in Yourself

If you are quarantined, then do not squander this opportunity. Take maximum advantage of our double taxation agreements with various countries, especially the US, and grow your Internet based business.

Between managing your business and your household, learn something new. There are many free on-line courses that Universities offer. Take one that can improve your productivity and increase your earnings, then take another.

Please do not waste this time with only entertainment (watching movies and reading fiction). Instead, recharge.

Accept that you may likely get infected, and perhaps more than once. Therefore, maintain your household supplies, and use this opportunity to cultivate a closer relationship with your Creator.

Parting Comments

I have been asked how I know so much. I have worked in disaster areas over the past 2 decades, where the economy came to a halt. In those situations, there is normally no economic activity, nothing to purchase, and no reliable government services.

I have had over 12 deployments to Haiti, when cholera had infected about 800,000 people and killed about 10,000. One member of my team actually had cholera while I was there.

I am also doing doctoral research, and the doctoral research community is rich in cutting edge knowledge. I critically review others’ research and they critically review mine. Why? Because we want to do research that will benefit humanity. Critical review is the most effective method of achieving that aim.


  • @ WURA-War-on-U March 24, 2020 4:43 PM

    “best course of action is to stay inside until it dies out…no matter how long”

    As a scientist, curiosity is over powering . Will observe and report on the . happenings ( I am in the most at risk sector). that is neither here nor there. How did you thinks solutions were found for mankind problems? By twiddling one’s thumbs?


  • @ David March 24, 2020 6:08 PM

    The globalist thought that exporting manufacturing and paying cheap labor was a win-win situation. It has resulted in the lost of jobs and now the shortage of equipment. It means that most western countries have to be put on a war footing to get the products. This almost certainly the end of globalization and also the death of leftish -liberal ideology which hamstrung western countries for the last forty-years. This is not the first I have alluded to these facts. All caused by greed.


  • “How did you thinks solutions were found for mankind problems? By twiddling one’s thumbs?”

    I know sicientists are the epitome of curiosity, but it really is not worth one’s life when China has already had experience that they can share, so does Italy since they have both traveled that rough road.

    At this time, curiosity will definitely kill the cat.


  • Let’s hope a BLATANT LIE is not returning to bite who put the false information out there to cause a war in Iraq, now the innocent will pay because there apparently were never enuff respirators for the fantasy WMD that Saddam was accused of having to attack US or there would be enuff now for this virus..

    *The stockpile was started in 1999 primarily to prepare for attacks against Americans using weapons of mass destruction. Once an obscure government initiative, it has been shoved into the spotlight as state officials and hospital administrators search for every available breathing machine”


  • One thing I must say that I never in my wildest dreams, ever thought I would see the day when Barbadians have would taken such an interest in science. Who knows exposure to :

    Microbe Hunters: 9780156027779: Medicine & Health … › Microbe-Hunters-Paul-Kruif
    Paul de Kruif’s Microbe Hunters is a timeless dramatization of the scientists, bacteriologists, doctors, and medical technicians who discovered microbes and invented the vaccines to counter them.:

    might result in some young Barbadian blazing a trail in this discipline


  • No. Globalization would not end
    It would be shifted to countries closer to the USA and less polluted
    This might be the end of China mighty power as a manufacturing giant
    But best to believe that Corporate greed did not die with China
    The corporate elitist insatiable greed would continue only this time a little further inland
    Also be on the outlook for faster forward movement in robotic technology
    People get sick and die but robots do not


  • @ Hal
    In today paper there is an article attributed to Prof. Beckles he claims UWI has joined search for a cure for Corvid-19. didn’t say how. getting a cure is not that difficult once one has the genetic blue print. UWI has not got the equipment or the money to spend to achieve the stated objectives. Another one of Beckles headline grabbing statements. He is very good on the hype.


  • NorthernObserverMarch 24, 2020 10:31 AM

    bullshit. Do we deem Greece, Jordan , Bangladesh and all those other places with large refugee camps, as ‘enabling’ Syria, Sudan, Myanmar etc? Are the governments of the former giving into the latter.

    Sir you are comparing apples with oranges
    For your information i did not fault govt on its benevolent attitude
    The Fault lies in not using the the Constitution as teeth to strengthen the case for the 35
    whereby and with all possibility entrance to the people would have been given
    The people u mentioned are destitute and seeking a place where it is feasible to obtain some semblance of life
    The 35 have a home all they wanted was for their govt to let them in


  • @Hants

    Thanks for the updated schedule re AC, two flights a week is good news for us who may have to get down there at short notice.
    I believe that is testament to the good relations that Bim has had with AC and its predecessor Trans Canada Airlines.

    Liked by 1 person

  • @ David BU

    I posted a contribution to this article, and I’m wondering why was it subsequently deleted.

    Was it, in your opinion, libelous or inappropriate…… and if so, why did you not take similar action against “Lance” and his tirade of racist slurs and use of the pejorative term “n****r?’


  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Richards, a decision CANNOT be evaluated on hindsight and a person be faulted… No siree.

    I am NOT basing my analysis on any after the fact info… rather PRACTICAL FORESIGHT of what was KNOWN before they left TnT.

    And YES part of the foresight was “the sudden acceleration of the cov19 case, [and] the sudden border closures by multiple countries .”

    If they see ALL that and still travel half way around the world for leisure then they are ADVENTUROUS (reckless)… and when one takes great risks one can get burned!

    Before they left they knew that…

    +A major health emergency had already been announced by WHO on Jan 30.

    23 days before they left.

    +The US started their travel restrictions on Jan 31 and by early Feb had strarted to issue warnings.

    +On Feb 12 a cruise liner off Japan was reported as having OVER 150 CASES of Covid19…

    These folks WERE STILL home and yet thought it PRUDENT to themselves go onto a germinator called a cruise ship!

    +Iran became a hotspot on Feb 19.

    They were still at home.

    +Italy started to choke on Covid19 by Feb 21… And tho much less widespread, England had reported more cases of infections also.

    People were starting to die…
    with DEATHS confirmed on the Japan cruise ship, as one GLARING example for them!

    All this TWO days before they left to travel through England.

    Right up to departure date they had ample information which brightly said to cancel but they determined they would proceed… That was their call.

    The Minister in turn made his call.

    Two wrongs don’t make this right but their actions just appear to be the original big wrong and for that they are suffering more consequences.

    Let them be thankful no one has caught the virus!


  • Michael Osterholm gives the most realistic analysis of this crisis. Search for him and youtube he has a wealth of knowledge and challenges the listener to look at the bigger picture.

    In short, shutdown will not eliminate the virus, just delay the spread. Elimination will only happen when a vaccine is developed. What we need to do is figure out how we can live with this virus until a vaccine is ready. A multi-pronged approach is needed.

    We need to stockpile our healthcare supplies. Respirators, surgical masks, ventilators, ICU beds etc.
    Surgical masks can be made locally to supplement. Get the manufactures association together and provide a factory rent free. Respirators are a little more challenging as they need to adhere to specific quality standards to be effective (ISO 9001)

    Next stockpile test kits and develop a strategy for testing. Regular testing for healthcare workers, aggressive contact tracing testing when a case is discovered and random testing at a minimum interval and when a spike in cases occurs.

    Hand wash stations at the entrance of the QEH, supermarkets, malls, polyclinics, and restaurants etc. Hand wash stations in every classroom. Hand washing is mandatory for entrance

    A national disinfecting army

    Based on Dr. Doughlin’s talk, we should develop dietary guidelines for boosting immune systems. Remove VAT and import duties on all food and supplements Dr. Doughlin mention. Like the surgical masks incentivise the local production of supplements

    Temperature monitoring at all ports or entry, the QEH and polyclinics. And develop standard protocols when someone presents with a fever.

    Lastly, some people will die but most will survive, the country needs to be prepared for the losses that will occur


  • @Like Mariposa March 24, 2020 9:03 PM

    Verla De Peiza,

    Much worse and more infectious is the Sinckler virus. The infection is associated with extreme weight gain, permanent damage and degradation of brain cells, the flattening of the forehead to the physiognomy of the Neanderthals, a shuffling, stooping walk and loss of control of decimal places.


  • @robert lucas March 24, 2020 5:49 PM “As for NY, the governor was all for open borders and refused to assist in the round up of illegals.”

    Dear robert: As a scientist do you have any evidence that “illegals” have created or contributed to the COVID19 epidemic in New York?


  • WURA-War-on-U
    March 24, 2020 6:07 PM

    NY is having a bad time and it only just got started.
    “Gov. Cuomo offered a grim update on the exploding coronavirus pandemic Tuesday, saying New York is in the grip of a frightening “spike” with 25,665 people now infected in the state and 210 dead.
    Speaking at the Javits Center in Manhattan, where the state is stockpiling medical supplies and the feds are setting up a makeshift hospital, Cuomo mixed soaring rhetoric and raw anger.
    “The rate of increase of infection is doubling every three days,” Cuomo said. “The curve is actually increasing.”
    “It is spiking,” Cuomo said, speaking with boxes of gloves, masks and surgical gowns stacked up behind him. “That is a bad combination of facts.”


    Maybe they should have skipped the Chinese New Year Parade in January.

    Social distancing was a foreign concept!!


  • … and in San Francisco ….


  • @ Silly Woman March 24, 2020 11:38 PM

    No. The statement was made to illustrate that it might be retribution for ill-conceived actions by the bastions of extreme left liberalism., who opposed laws and now want aid. Anyhow, how do you know that the illegals are not among the ill?


  • Sound familiar? Open borders to get as many dollars as possible.

    How Austria’s ‘Ibiza of the Alps’ ski resort helped spread coronavirus throughout Europe as officials probe whether infections at the resort were covered up to protect tourism
    Austrian ski resort of Ischgl tied to hundreds of coronavirus infections in Europe
    Probe has been launched over whether cases were covered up to protect trade
    Investigation centres on barman who fell sick at one resort back in February
    Opposition politician says questions need to be asked about the relationship between hoteliers and local government leaders
    Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

    PUBLISHED: 16:36 GMT, 24 March 2020 | UPDATED: 06:55 GMT, 25 March 2020


  • @ David BU
    I posted a contribution to this article, and I’m wondering why was it subsequently deleted.
    Was it, in your opinion, libelous or inappropriate…… and if so, why did you not take similar action against “Lance” and his tirade of racist slurs and use of the pejorative term “n****r?’..(Quote)

    The power has gone to the chairman’s head. Some say this is a technical hitch. I doubt it. The chairman does not understand what being objective means. Objectivity is not neutrality.


  • “Maybe they should have skipped the Chinese New Year Parade in January.”

    Don’t know why all governments and leaders wilfully IGNORED the doctors and scientists, they were giving out warnings SINCE DECEMBER.

    “Opposition politician says questions need to be asked about the relationship between hoteliers and local government leaders.”

    always the greed, corruption and kickbacks at the expense of the people. It will be a very, very long time before tourists visit countries that tried to cover up the virus in the name of the infected dollar.//when the dust has settled and the bodies buried, survivors will be asking the greedy, if it was worth it…tourism before the lives of people…like that clown Weatherhead..

    there will be a reset re tourism going forward.


  • This is a message for Mia

    But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.


  • We must go back to basics: protection equipment for our frontline staff, and government must come clean on this and not just waffle; we must start planning for the coming food shortage by starting rationing now. Requisition the supermarkets and government take over distribution.
    We want to know about the number of ICU beds and trained staff.


  • peterlawrencethompson

    Highly reliable test kits are available from Germany at a cost of Bd$346 per hundred tests. We immediately need to acquire 1 million tests for under 4 million dollars (that includes chartering a private jet to bring them here).

    This is the most important way of dealing with the pandemic because without data about infection rates we are simply pissing into the wind with every other measure that we take.

    We need mass testing now.


  • @ PLT

    We can also get protection equipment from PPS, a firm in Milton Keynes, Bucks in the UK. They have stock now.


  • Prince Charles has tested positive for coronavirus. This is a plague. The government of Barbados is not taking it seriously. The Queen has moved to Windsor Castle to get out of London. We need sound political leadership.


  • @ Hal March 25, 2020 6:53 AM

    Prince Charles is just an ordinary human, who exploits the riches of the Duchy Of Cornwall for his personal benefit. When persons in Cornwall die intestate, this greedy fellow confiscate their property. He also collects income from Cornwall. A Greedy but very bright fellow.


  • Correction: A greedy but not very bright fellow


  • @Hal,

    you are not understanding the dilemma facing Bim.

    it seems like COVID-19 has put a gun to Bim’s head and demanded with menaces ” Your health or your wealth!!!” the response thus far has been, “Take our health we need the wealth.”

    MAM and the BLP are participating in a balancing act. trying to remain open while trying to contain the virus. there is hope that when and if COVID subsides we will be remembered and rewarded. this goes for the cruise industry ( the so called home port obligation notwithstanding), and for the acceptance of the Trinidadians. Bim may die in hope but i hope not


  • @ Robert,

    Very true. He also has access to the best medical scientists in the UK. So, if he is vulnerable, what about those of us living in small family homes. We must get real.

    @ Greene,

    If Bajans believe life will continue as before they are dumber than anyone could have imagined. When this virus is conquered, and it will, it will change our lives. There will be no going back. As you know, in the UK, stores are now refusing cash, they want payment electronically or by card. Post-Covid-19, that will largely continue. Look at simple things like black bin bags.
    We will see a change in how we work, with more people working frim home. It is economical, in that companies do not have to pay for heating, electricity or broadband. Economics will change the way most of us have worked for over 100 years. Even parliament has changed.


  • Oh. How the mighty and powerful is falling
    It is a pity that our PM did not stand bold face against the capitalist greed mongers like the IMF and closed our borders
    Barbadians are fighters and would have weathered the economic storm buying and selling amongst themselves
    This was a lifetime opportunity to weaned barbadians off imports of goods and force them on a path of self empowerment


  • @Hal Austin March 25, 2020 7:57 AM “Look at simple things like black bin bags.”



  • @ Hal March 25, 2020 7:57 AM

    You are correct. Took another stroll into town. Did a good turn for a damsel in distress ;she was suffering from a broken leg, needed assistance in stepping down from the side walk. Asked me to assist her which I did( Mr. Marshall, the late Cub master of James’ Street Methodist Church would have been proud to see that after all these years, I am still doing as taught as a cub: do a good turn every day). Help her across the road. Had to remark on how comely ( when last have you heard that word used?) she was. Proceeded further into town. Still the long lines at the supermarkets. The lines at the pharmacies seemed to have declined Purchase stuff from the store next to Thani’s on Bridge Street. Had to use hand sanitizer before being allowed into the store. Eventually entered Suttle Street at the juncture with Reid street. The rum shop at the juncture seemed to doing great judging by the crowd and the noise. There is a decline in numbers in town.


  • @ Greene March 25, 2020 7:50 AM

    Doing the same as St. Vincent. At least the Prime Minister of St. Vincent is honest: he admitted that a tourist-based economy like his cannot afford to close its borders.


  • @ Hal
    Glynne Murray is back on the call-in program speculating on the COVID-19 and how long it will continue to affect the world. He was given lots of time to expound his views as though he is an authority. If I had called or for that matter, anyone versed in the topic had done so, they would have been short -shifted.


  • @ Robert

    Glyne went to your alma mater at about the same time. More seriously, Barbadians have a collective behavioural, deeper cultural habits that are out of place in a modern world. People are gathering at Oistin’s playing dominoes. You just could not make it up.
    But we lack political leadership. A fish rots from the head down.


  • @ peterlawrencethompson March 25, 2020 6:43 AM

    From Germany? A very logical idea, as we already import kitchens (Miele), showers (Grohe) and cars (Mercedes, BMW) from there.

    Seriously, PLT: How about adding tests for immunized persons to the tests for infections?


  • All over the world we have examples of citizens ignoring requests from the authorities to comply with social distancing, stay at home orders. However you would seek in your usual way to localize the issue. It is a work in progress and as observations are made the authorities should ramp up counter measures.


  • @ Hal March 25, 2020 12:22 PM

    Your alma mater also .He was a member of the “Literary and Debating Society” I was also a member. I never was involved with the debating angle. Was involved in the quizzes .


  • The liberal west might have to do like India. Flog the violators.

    India’s lockdown smackdown: Cops smash curfew violators as country’s 1.3 billion people are told to stay indoors over coronavirus, leaving streets empty amid fears a MILLION could die
    India’s 1.3billion people woke up to find themselves under world’s largest coronavirus lockdown Wednesday
    Police used rattan canes to beat people into compliance as the streets of New Delhi were left all-but empty
    There were fears lockdown could cause virus to spread as migrant workers fled the cities on packed buses
    India has confirmed just 500 virus cases and nine deaths, but there are fears disease could run rampant
    Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

    PUBLISHED: 08:32 GMT, 25 March 2020 | UPDATED: 12:01 GMT, 25 March 2020


  • Imagine Dr. Lucas if that were to be done in Barbados or in the so-called developed Western countries.


  • @ David March 25, 2020 2:32 PM

    Allowing choice works better. I have my doubts about China having things under control. With the Chinese saving face and hiding facts are the norm. I came across an article/video ( I didn’t pay much attention to it) where it was suggested that e-mails from some Chinese which have gotten out point a different figure. The thing started in China and the Chinese are trying to deny that it did.


  • DPD

    I have two sisters (60+) and a niece who travelled from the USA to South America on a leisure trip?
    Were they reckless also?

    As stated by other before me, there were millions all over the world that had preplanned trips and continued on them up to the travel bans started to cascade.

    In my first response to you, I agreed with you the the virus was spreading when the 35 departed Trinidad

    Yes there was a travel ban put out in January as you stated but that was only for china which was the epicenter for the virus at that time.
    However no one could have foretold the unprecedented travel bans that were to come after the 35 had departed.

    the travel ban that started the cascade was announced by Trump on March 11 and took effect on Mar 14th. That is when he ban travel from Europe except England . Up until then most travel was normal except the ban on china. After that that the travel ban started to cascade from countries to countries.

    The Caribbean was free of the virus until the first report in Jamaica on march 10th
    Trinidad reported its first case on march 12

    When the 35 departed there was no restrictions or closures in either England or Trinidad and there were no reported cases in the Caribbean islands

    The 35 made a decision that most would have made giving the above conditions.

    Most except you who with you foresightedness would have ceased all leisure travel on Jan 31st

    ah gone


  • I have two sisters (60+) and a niece who travelled from the USA to South America on a leisure trip?
    Were they reckless also?

    Trip was March 6 – 14th
    the week before the start of the European ban started the cascade.


  • The corona panic only came to a head with the US measures on 13 March. Therefore, travellers who started their journey before that date are not at all to blame.

    If the USA had not closed its borders to Europeans at that date, the economic impact would now be much smaller. Therefore, the Trump Republicans are just as responsible for the whole disaster as the Chinese Communists.

    Trump is following an erratic course in general: First he spreads panic worldwide on March 13, then he wants to fill the churches with people again at Easter. The man is a danger for the world economy.


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