Covid Paralysis vs Covid Management

Submitted by Richard Petko

The past two weeks has seen a national pause and a furtherance of the pause. What are the actual goals of the pause? What are the goalposts for re-opening? What are the goals for tourism? These are all valid questions and I think they should be asked and answered. Before answering it is pertinent to see what other Caribbean jurisdictions which are considered as world class as Barbados are doing.

Barbados Population 285,000

  • Cases daily 30-60
  • Masks – everywhere
  • Curfew – 7pm to 6am
  • Schools – closed
  • Economy – mostly shut down, supermarkets open M-F 8-4
  • Activity – Beaches and parks 6-9am
  • Tourism – PCR test to enter, antigen test at airport, 5 day hotel room quarantine, test followup
  • Airlift International – 3-5 flights per day
  • Positive Covid on Island – Residents & Tourists sent to government isolation facility for indefinite period of time no matter what their symptoms

Costa Rica Population 5 million

  • Cases daily 300-450
  • Masks – indoors
  • Curfew – None
  • Schools – Open
  • Economy – Open – everything open
  • Activity – everything open
  • Tourism – NO PCR test required of anyone
  • Airlift International – 20-23 daily flights
  • Positive test In Country – isolate at home, only sick people go to hospital

Aruba Population 105,000

  • Cases daily 20-50
  • Masks – indoors
  • Curfew – 11pm
  • Schools – Open
  • Economy – Open – everything open
  • Activity – Everything open
  • Tourism – PCR test required 72 hours old
  • Airlift International – 24-30 daily flights
  • Positive Test in Island – Tourist and Locals isolate at home, only sick people go to hospital

I think it is quite evident to see that in Costa Rica and Aruba we have governments that are managing Covid and the economy. They are not banning tourism and have come to the realization that Covid is an endemic respiratory virus that you should not be destroying your economy over. The per capita case numbers are the same in all 3 countries. It is the response that is clearly different.

It is probably shocking for many to see that you can fly to Costa Rica without a PCR test, that everything is open and somehow the country has not had a medical or economic collapse.

It is my opinion that this government is acting in an irrational panic rather than managing the issue. The country always praises its robust health care system, which has been bolstered by the arrival of 120 Cuban doctors and nurses. Harrison’s Point offers a large enough facility to house all the truly sick people from infection. I feel one of the biggest mistakes is taking every single sars-cov2 positive person into isolation. The data from studies in China and by the WHO now clearly show asymptomatic transmission of Covid is miniscule (roughly 3%). Needlessly putting an asymptomatic 37-year-old into isolation simply strains the resources of the facility. Not to mention the fact people are being taken away definitely makes them hesitant to go for tests or to share health information with others.

Barbados is better than this peripatetic response seen these past 2 weeks. Sars-Cov2 is here and is going nowhere. Locking up people in their houses until February 28th is not going to change anything.

It is time to do the following.

  • Open up the entire economy immediately
  • Open up all the schools to in-person teaching – this sacrifice of our children’s education over a respiratory virus will be the shame that will be focused upon in the history books
  • Open up tourism – Go with a 72 hour old PCR test on arrival. This is truly not needed as Covid is here and endemic, but for a couple of months it will appease a portion of the population. However, the point is there is no need to worry if 1 of 100 tourists arrives here with Covid when 5-10% of Bajans are testing positive for it.
  • Isolate only sick covid patients and focus health on them
  • Continue with a rapid rollout of the vaccination program, ensure enough vaccines arrive by the end of March for everyone who wants one to receive one.
  • Start a public campaign to truly educate people about the disease and the management plan
  • Encourage mask use indoors only – outdoor mask use is nonsense and everyone knows it, by dictating such a policy it discourages people to listen to the valid pronouncements of public health authorities
  • Stop this nonsense of stores and businesses testing their entire staff if someone tests positive for sars-cov2. If a supermarket in Florida has a positive test, they don’t shut down the market and test the 200 employees. It makes absolutely no scientific sense and actually has been discouraged by the covid task force. It should be mandated that it should not be done. This would be simple by not allowing the Beth Dos Santos Lab to process any tests from such establishments.

The above are simple and will lead Barbados out of this COVID situation much faster and more robust than any national pause.

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  • Something positive to copy instead of the haphazard, helter skelter crazy that the island has devolved into….because of greed for measly tourist dollars.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/02/22/johnson-sets-out-englands-lockdown-exit-plan/

    “SOURCE-REUTERS – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out a phased plan on Monday to end England’s COVID-19 lockdown, offering a “cautious” approach to try to prevent a return to wholesale restrictions that have hobbled the economy.

    Johnson, under pressure to allow more freedoms to millions stuck at home and offer hope to shuttered businesses, said the first stage would prioritise schools returning on March 8 when only minimal socialising outdoors would be allowed.

    The so-called roadmap would then pass through four stages, with five weeks in between, and the final step, when most restrictions would be lifted, not starting until June 21 at the earliest.”

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  • Political Propaganda / Conspiracy Theories aside, it is clear that although Covid is a “Black” Threat Level Alert and Clear and Present Danger, Governments of the world are also using the crises to further their own hidden agendas and ulterior motives, such as UK implementing it’s NWO Spy State ambitions which was the problem – reaction – solution paradigm construct from all it’s manufactured dubious wars this century under the guise of fighting terrorism while secretly enabling it.
    My gut feel is MIAs objectives are more altruistic and is protecting her community and possibly overprotecting them to save lives.

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  • I looked at Costa Rica number for a 5M population and scaled them down to a 300K population.
    It is a crude method, but I am getting that we would have 12K cases and 166 deaths with a Costa Rican policy.
    Total cases
    203K ====>12k
    Deaths
    2,782 ===>166

    Here are Aruba’s numbers with a population that is a fraction of ours
    Total Cases
    7,692
    Deaths
    71
    Multiply by 2 or 3 if you want the corresponding Barbados numbers for the Aruba model.

    By now you should have realized that at the end of all this chatter.. some don’t care if you live or die.

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  • At some point there will be an appreciation for the delicate balance public health leadership/government must be able to manage.

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  • TheOGazertsFebruary 23, 2021 7:20 AM

    I looked at Costa Rica number for a 5M population and scaled them down to a 300K population.
    It is a crude method, but I am getting that we would have 12K cases and 166 deaths with a Costa Rican policy.
    Total cases
    203K ====>12k
    Deaths
    2,782 ===>166

    Here are Aruba’s numbers with a population that is a fraction of ours
    Total Cases
    7,692
    Deaths
    71
    Multiply by 2 or 3 if you want the corresponding Barbados numbers for the Aruba model.

    By now you should have realized that at the end of all this chatter.. some don’t care if you live or die.

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    Grasshopper

    How does your model work on Dominica with 0 (as in zero) deaths?

    … or on Bhutan with 1 (as in one) deaths?

    How does Aruba get its water?

    Check and see if you don’t see a desal plant!!

    “Aruba is a Caribbean Island located eighteen miles off the coast of Venezuela. The Island is extremely arid, with no natural fresh water source available. The Island is dependent on seawater desalination to meet its entire potable water requirements”

    No doubt you would have heard or read somewhere about the hydrogeologic cycle.

    I did that in 2nd form at HC.

    All the water on the land that doesn’t evaporate ends up going back into the sea … that includes sewage!!

    Here are some pretty pictures for you to ponder!!

    https://www.google.com/search?q=hydrologic+cycle&sxsrf=ALeKk02bxhRnD10igCITf9-e0Z7izpRKog:1614082010593&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=9gAHWLUWUlcXGM%252C3r8JFyJrT3S7tM%252C%252Fm%252F01cffs&vet=1&usg=AI4_-kQkn_hcR-PdI2aVvWbkg0IZRPVwgg&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj6q4SH_P_uAhV9MlkFHaFOAZsQ_B16BAgyEAE#imgrc=9gAHWLUWUlcXGM

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  • While 99 % of the population has access to a known supply of domestic water, only 82 % of the population has consistent access to potable drinking water. The potable water supply is smaller in rural areas. Three percent of sewage in Costa Rica is treated before release to the environment.

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  • UK’s second lockdown which started at start of December off and came off the back of several local regional “bubble” lockdowns withe tiers is being rolled out in opening the country in a piecemeal long drawn out staggered strategy by businesses trades industries and social activities. Johnson is playing and tripping on a power game like a police state and cannot be trusted and people should get disgusted so he is busted.

    I am about to do the following exercise routine so if anyone across the cities mountains beaches and oceans beyond the horizons over in barbados or americas or around the world on planet earth wants to synch up energy collectively they can also join in and watch or follow the practise together. Sometimes these instructional videos are removed after a week so strike while the iron is hot.

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  • …”long drawn out staggered strategy” …

    as in eta of july / mid year / start of third financial quarter 2021 for certain sectors like live music

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  • The lives of Bajans are precious and cannot be sacrificed to the greedy ambitions of those who are only interested in mass tourism as an extractive industry. Our government is trying to balance the need to keep people safe and alive with the need to keep the labour force employed and productive. There may be undesirable outcomes from time to time but nobody can truthfully say that this is a do nothing government with respect to the fight against covid19. This country must not be bullied into false steps by people who are only interested in their financial well being and are willing to sacrifice the lives of Bajans in pursuit of their greedy goals. The lives of Bajans matter and the minister of labour must be proactive to defend the interests and rigets of Barbadian workers in this pandemic atmosphere where workers are more easily threatened, exploited, abused or prostituted.

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  • MR PETCO
    BRAVO
    YOU ARE MAKING MUCH MORE SENSE THN DR FALSY WITH HIS LONG
    CV AND HISTORY OF ABJECT FAILURES AS AT HIV/AIDS AND COVID

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  • From todays pronouncement from BAMP or more exactly the president of BAMP we see the Covid goalposts that have not even been set, are now moving to a spot even more impossible to reach
    https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/02/23/lifting-lockdown-not-limited-to-numbers/
    Seems like the R number or cases are not good enough for the President – I say president because as with any organization the rank and file may not be in 100% agreement with her.
    The observation here is that a doctor or epidemiologist looking through their highly focused lens on ONE outcome – no covid – is going to suggest impossible goals. If we told her we don’t want any cancer in Barbados as the ONLY ONE goal, she would also come out and ban 80% of the food we eat, force everyone to walk 8km a day, ban alcohol and smoking with prison sentences (as we now have if god forbid you are out at 8pm) and have the entire population prodded, probed and tested for cancer on a monthly basis. I say this in jest but you see where things can go if you give a person a singular goal with no restrictions on how to reach it.

    We currently have no goals, no direction and no exit strategy. This is a fact. I am not saying do not give a voice to BAMP, but put that voice into a choir where we listen to all.

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  • @Richard

    Is there a country where there is consensus on Covid 19 public policy?

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  • “Falsy” he said for the umpteenth time like drip drip drip of chinese water torture brainwashing like a nagging woman

    Gp is a one hit wonder / dunce and should sit in the corner of the room with the pointed hat and letter D on

    (now cue the same old devil crap from his limited MO arsenal of stupid rebuttals that makes you puke)

    he is jealous that he is not an advisor to anyone at all at all

    and is more predictable than an addict fiend hooked on smack

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  • From the BTMI and the BAMP we have an industrial strategy that is not based on reality and ensures the eradication of all tourism to Barbados.
    https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/02/23/btmi-chairman-believes-barbados-should-market-to-vaccinated-tourists/

    They both seem to be holding on to the quarantine stick. To re-iterate a simple missive, water flows to where it is easiest. Tourists will go to where it is easiest. Covid has not decimated Barbados tourism industry, the actions of the government in asking for PCR test and PCR test and locked in a hotel room for days on end are what have caused a 96% decline in tourism.

    I don’t know if we have to point it out but tourism is actually on the comeback everywhere in the Caribbean. The PM and this doctor and BTMI are trying to paint a picture that the entire Caribbean are in some 96% down death spiral. This is far from the truth. The ABC Islands are currently at 45% capacity. Mexico’s resorts are operating at 45% capacity as is Costa Rica. Jamaica is at 30% and the big elephant in the room – Florida – is booming at 75% capacity. Try to find a place for spring and March Break in Miami and Ft Lauderdale!
    None of these places have quarantine, all except 2 (Mexico & Costa Rica no test) simply ask for a negative PCR test.
    These countries are functional and scooping up short-term, long-term and mid-term tourism.

    Maybe the head of the BTMI is continuing to speak of quarantine for political reasons, but as a business policy, if I was a hotelier or airbnb host in Barbados (which I am not) I would be planning an exit strategy as I have been given a road map to oblivion from her.

    Final question, why are people taking a vaccine for the dreaded Covid and still you want anyone flying into the island to go into quarantine? We know that even with vaccine people will get the dreaded Covid (just like the flu). Hmmm

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  • Disgusting Lies & Propaganda TV

    @TheOG you don’t have to go any further than that “crude” calculation to dismiss the original poster’s arguments. When I see these “contributions” I get pissed and ask if persons really think through the entirety of the situation. Also they are not letting it sink into their brain, the seriousness of this virus. No gov’t EVER wants to harm its own economy. However ,we have seen, from the biggest Covid disasters in the world, what happens if there is an over-consideration of economic interests. The situation gets so out of control that the Covid disaster itself hurts the economy and cripples the health care system. The ability to turn the situation around becomes an STEEP UPHILL climb. It is a simple case of managing out a situation. Barbados does not want a situation get too far out of control to cause a crippling “covid crisis”.
    Also the simple fact that testing a set of people is basically sampling. A lab simply cannot sample 100% of a population in a day. If there are x amount of cases from a sample then you can do some sort of extrapolation as to how many undiscovered cases that are in society. This is the basic reasoning behind why certain cities and states in Australia and New Zealand resorted to snap lockdowns after a few DETECTED cases. With community spread of THIS PARTICULAR VIRUS, Govt cannot have too many undetected cases at any one time in a population as dense as Barbados.

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  • Mia is also criticised for opening up the island for tourism. You can please some of the people some of time and some of the people all of the time but you cannot please all of the people all of the time. Barbados is a small place and just a dot on the globe and could become a ghost town with no tourists or people if covid spreads and beds in.

    Tit for Tat one sided arguing and rebuttals for counter arguments can go on for days to infinity if trolls had their way
    fuck that for a game of soldiers

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  • @ RICHARD PETKO February 23, 2021 8:58 AM

    The international market decides, not our native masses or their representatives. Remember this well, because the island belongs to those who make all the money and transfer it to Barbados.

    When the first stage of the vaccination campaign is completed worldwide in the late year, Barbados will allow vaccinated tourists into the country without quarantine. For the other islands with which we compete will do so. No ass will come to us if we put people (as some racists on BU suggest to establish a “pure” island in the sense of black nationalist socialism) in medical concentration camps for two weeks while Jamaica has the big party.

    If our so-called experts continue to torture the tourists who are vaccinated, we will end up like all the other third world hellholes in poverty and despair.

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  • I’m sure business owners of hotels and tourist spots will happily sacrifice front line workers to maintain their income streams as they are cheap and disposable and easily replaceable and who needs pension funds when workers have limited life spans like slaves and die on the job prematurely as only the fittest of the fittest survive in these times down in babylon. Rome is for the Romans but Rome is not for me, take me to the land where I can get my liberty. Rome I wanna go home I’m tired of living wrong.

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  • @ John February 23, 2021 8:09 AM
    “No doubt you would have heard or read somewhere about the hydrogeologic cycle.
    I did that in 2nd form at HC.
    All the water on the land that doesn’t evaporate ends up going back into the sea … that includes sewage!!”
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    We ‘can’ see the HC-trained hydrologist is very ‘steeped’ in his scientific’ element!

    How come you cannot, still, tell the BU ignoramuses who or what is behind this grand design of a water cycle?

    As the chief consultant and expert on all matters hydrological, why not advise us on the Barbados situation and expatiate on the ‘contamination’ risks posed to the integrity of the same local ‘water cycle’ by the thousands of suck wells used as underground sewage storage tanks dotted across a small and geologically vulnerable coral island?

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  • We currently have no goals, no direction and no exit strategy IS A FACT THAT CAN NOT BE REFUTED.

    RE Is there a country where there is consensus on Covid 19 public policy?

    HOW DOES THAT AFFECT THINGS ON THE GROUND IN BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL BARBADOS? SORRY, I FORGOT WE DONT HAVE ANYWHERE FROM WHENCE TO COPY FOR A SOLUTION, CAUSE WE CANT FIND ANY FOR OURSELVES LOCALLY.

    RE Gp is a one hit wonder
    DO YOU KNOW THAT IT ONLY TAKES ONE HIT WITH SOME ONCOGENES TO CAUSE CANCER?

    RE he is jealous that he is not an advisor to anyone at all at all
    ACTUALLY I AM VERY GLAD.
    GIVES ME TIME TO MOCK YOU
    I am not ashamed. For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that Day. 2 Timothy 1:12

    THE BOWLING IS VERY VERY WEAK

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  • @ 555 dubstreet February 23, 2021 9:07 AM
    “Tit for Tat one sided arguing and rebuttals for counter arguments can go on for days to infinity if trolls had their way
    fuck that for a game of soldiers..”
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    Brother Kiki, some of us BU readers might quite ‘au fait’ with the programme of ‘blue’ British slang and compendium of cussing colloquialisms.

    But a significant number, like our “Cuhdear Bajan”, are naively unfamiliar with such colourfully blue-blooded British military expressions.

    So here is the cussing blue-blind Bajan fisherman’s equivalent of your gassing off.
    To quote one of the more sophisticated speakers in the Bajan Parliament:

    ‘Why ya dont lef muh, nuh? Ya better Ka ya mudda (s)cunt’.

    You can consult RiRi the cussing songbird on the standard English translation of that.

    Sacré Bleu!

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  • Hal

    Here is a possible explanation of the casedemic up your side.

    Check the cycle below and see if it doesn’t fit the likelihood of the virus being in the drinking water.

    The second and third “waves” I say are due to the virus getting into the sewage and potable water supply after the first wave.

    Once it is in the sewage and drinking water then it continues to infect people after the first wave.

    People then spread it by face to face contact and the number of cases rises.

    Lockdowns ensue.

    There is a fall in the number of cases but there is more virus in the sewage and water system.

    This infects more people.

    The numbers of cases rises and people infect one another by face to face interaction.

    The third wave occurs.

    Lockdowns follow.

    More virus gets into the sewage and hence the potable water.

    … ad infinitum … unless …

    Someone needs to set one single goal, eradicate the virus from the drinking water.

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  • @ Quaker John

    I can accept that the virus is in the sewage system. I can also accept it can be passed on as it is airborne, what I cannot understand is what are we aiming for?
    Is it to wipe out the virus completely, to control it, or to further medicalise human experience?

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  • “DO YOU KNOW THAT IT ONLY TAKES ONE HIT WITH SOME ONCOGENES TO CAUSE CANCER?”
    you are obviously showing off again with big words as third world bajan cunts do with their knowledge from rote learning and are still boring the shit out of everyone with your infantile online computer game play. obviously it only takes one hit but what the fuck has that got to do with price of fish.

    “ACTUALLY I AM VERY GLAD.
    GIVES ME TIME TO MOCK YOU”

    You are obviously very deluded in your own self and think the sun shines out of your dirty asshole
    self praise is no praise and you are full of praise without raise and could never reach the top
    your new response is you were happy being a bum journeyman and never a championship title contender
    not everyone can be a manger even after years on the job they are tools to be used and discarded on the heap when old
    a little fish in a little pond describes you down to a tee

    you need to up you game with some skill
    you only have 361 days of life left before you pass to the fire down below

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4Yvbrk0Ufw

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  • @ John February 23, 2021 10:32 AM
    “Check the cycle below and see if it doesn’t fit the likelihood of the virus being in the drinking water.

    The second and third “waves” I say are due to the virus getting into the sewage and potable water supply after the first wave.

    Once it is in the sewage and drinking water then it continues to infect people after the first wave.

    People then spread it by face to face contact and the number of cases rises.”
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    Are you suggesting to both David [BU] and the wider BU audience that the Covid-19 virus and its mutant strains can be found in the seawater off Barbadoes since the country’s sewage is dumped or eventually finds its way into the country’s coastal waters?

    Are you indirectly saying, also, that the water used for domestic purposes and extracted from the country’s (BWA maintained) reservoirs has been infected by the same Covid virus?

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  • “Is it to wipe out the virus completely, to control it, or to further medicalise human experience?”

    John is trying to weaponise his poo

    A little birdie once said on BU that JK used to be a very bright boy when he went to school a long time ago while living on his pater’s plantation land. Maybe he is working on a thesis for a PhD in caca which is a work in progress and can take up to 4 years to complete. He is suffering from a bad case of the shits and is pondering wondering where it all goes when he sits on the toilet meditating like Rodin’s thinker statue. But, why bother trying to get into the mind of a lunatic, it is as futile as pissing in the wind.
    Entertaining Knox is like kissing him on his poo poo lah lah.

    Do I Do

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  • Disgusting Lies & Propaganda TV

    I urge people, please don’t follow John Boy down the rabbit hole ( or asshole in this case). He is suggesting that even if there is a cross pollution of sewage with ocean water \ water in aquifers that it would survive the desal or chlorination process. This is on top of the fact that being in water viruses cannot survive (far less multiply) for an extended period. And on top of the fact that cooking involves boiling of water or using some sort of heat. If there was evidence of this, why are there no large scale cases of cholera or typhoid. John Boy is just sharpening his skills being the resident BU comic relief.

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  • Maybe knox is investing in home water purifier system shares in stock exchange markets and plugging the businesses like the gamestop populism by alt-right boys on reddit. I suspect John and GP deliberately dumb down to act the fool as they cannot be that stupid, nobody can be that stupid and so loud and proud about it, not even the sucker racist populist trump nuts from hell. Alex Jones from Info Wars excuse in a Court of Law was he was just play acting the part of a silly character and did not believe any of his conspiracy theory crap.

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  • @Hal Austin February 23, 2021 10:40 AM

    With respect to the COVID 19 the GOALS and VACCINATIONS objectives have not yet been established in any world jurisdiction. The present objective is to prevent or at least lower the death/sickness rates, ie: remedial actions. As time moves along and the various remedial actions are assessed then ultimately an overall goal maybe established. It is much to early in the pandemic cycle to determine long time goals, were still in the bandage stage.

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  • @ Wily

    Understood. But because goals and vaccinations objectives have not yet been established in any world jurisdiction does not mean that in Barbados we cannot aim for such objectives.
    However, I am sure you have read about Boris Johnson’s and Nicola Sturgeon’s plans for a gradual removal of the lockdown; the aim of this is to achieve herd immunity, when the economy will return to full operation.
    Is stage is meant to act as a circuit breaker, combined with the roll-out of the vaccination. That is why there is no Big Bang.
    By the end of April England should be back to normal – depending on the rise of new variants.

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  • The issue for Barbados and other small players- the date when significant vaccines will be procured/secured is not known re COVAX arrangement and other shipments.

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  • Hal AustinFebruary 23, 2021 12:39 PM

    By the end of April England should be back to normal – depending on the rise of new variants.

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    Don’t be surprised if another mutant raises itself as people get re-infected by the drinking water and spread it once more!!

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  • @ Quaker John

    I am more worried about eating cou-cou and the Bajan variant.

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  • Hal AustinFebruary 23, 2021 10:40 AM

    @ Quaker John

    I can accept that the virus is in the sewage system. I can also accept it can be passed on as it is airborne, what I cannot understand is what are we aiming for?
    Is it to wipe out the virus completely, to control it, or to further medicalise human experience?

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    If you can accept it is in the sewage system you have to accept that it will be in the potable water too because the rivers in the UK feed the water treatment plants which supply the potable water.

    I remember seeing a documentary on the Rhine in Germany and always remember the remark that the water that some one consumed upstream is consumed once again by someone downstream!!

    The sewage is treated and, the waste water is raised to an acceptable level of quality and then discharged …. where do you think.

    We are lucky here, we have one well source which provides a small portion of our daily water needs that is fed directly by “filtered “raw sewage”” and we can get by without it.

    Not so the UK!!

    The UK should put in a BWA, Boil Water Advisory for citizens in areas where the casedemic is raging.

    Otherwise, it is likely the cases will once more start to rise.

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  • The single goal, if I am right, is to stop the reinfection.

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  • A picture is worth 1000 words!!

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  • Not such a wonderful artistic rendition but look at the density of housing around the Desal Plant.

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  • Here is the difference, Belle circled blue.

    Do you see the difference?

    Belle’s challenges are the agricultural chemicals in use.

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  • A bit better, two tanks of desal plant in blue.

    High density housing.

    If you lock down people in their high density housing you automatically increase the sewage load on the desal plant.

    Simple fact of life.

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  • What is the purpose of a booster shot?

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  • @555
    I sampled the music but there wsa no singing..
    Search and got Michael Buble– Home
    Wondering what is the source of
    “Rome is for the Romans but Rome is not for me, take me to the land where I can get my liberty. Rome I wanna go home I’m tired of living wrong.”

    Doing a great job defending yourself.

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  • to enhance the efficacy of the first dose—it is a fairly standard pharmacological technique

    basically, the first dose of a drug brings the level in the blood or body hopefully to a therapeutic level

    due to pharmacokinetics (absorbtion distribution metabolism elimination) there will be a decline in the levels

    booster doses seeks to bring level of the agent back to therapeutic levels according top the half life of the therapeutic agent

    look up drug distribution curves to get the general idea

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  • So… John has moved from speculating to concluding. And nobody in the UK has figured it out yet!

    Big up de Bajan Johnnie! Who needs all those UK johnnies! Not one brain between the sixty odd million of them!

    And they say no good can come out of Barbados!

    World class by the 2×3! Punching above our weight!

    Murdaaaaaah!

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  • Boosters to combat variants?
    such agents would have to be modified to be efficacious …they would have to be able to combat pathogenic variables demonstrated/exhibited by the variant …..just like how flu shots are varied annually

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  • Who is Richard Petko? What is his relationship to Barbados? Why is he inserting himself so determinedly into Barbadian matters? Why does the COVID strategy of this little 2 x 3 occupy his mind so? What is his interest in infiltrating the minds of Barbadians to influence our thinking? What is his goal?

    These are the questions that occupy Miss Marple’s mind everytime she reads his frequent offerings on this topic.

    Who? Why? What?

    And weh he now come from?

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  • I don’t mind what nobody say if the objective is to stop people from mixing well none of wuuna ain’t went to any of the following.

    Pricemart
    Cost u less
    Massey warrens
    Popular
    Massey big b
    Massey sunset crest
    Cherish
    And on and on.

    All this pause has done is cause massive crowds at supermarkets. I don’t know when wunna will learn you don’t threaten bajan access to food!

    Now as for closing the supermarkets on a weekend that is double nonesence. All that has done is cause massive crowds on Thursday and Friday and Monday and Tuesday. I just past Massey warrens and pricemart and the line wrap round the building.

    So open the dam place with the usual hours and enforce the protocols and mask wearing do that.

    In closing wunna realise before the lock down you could of walk right into Massey and the rest with no line or crowd? Wunna want more proof than that to confirm lock downs don’t work? As i said already anytime wunna impede the natural flow of water it does bust bank and look for somewhere to go, or it does back up and when you open the blockage you got a flood to deal with.

    I beg the big brain people get in you big suv and take a drive and see what happening is the opposite of what wunna thought would happen.

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  • Disgusting Lies etc,

    I would have raised the point about the survival of the virus in those conditions but I knew John was not interested.

    But thanks!

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  • @Donna

    Do a Twitter search to satisfy your curiosity.

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  • “Wondering what is the source of
    “Rome is for the Romans but Rome is not for me, take me to the land where I can get my liberty. Rome I wanna go home I’m tired of living wrong.””

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  • When John gets an idea in his head it becomes an obsession, witness his numerous attempts to portray the Quakers at the centre of every progressive movement; his numerous postings that Trump had won the election where he went so far to write that the election would come down to the House of Representatives or the States etc.. His obsessive trait showed up when he said that the QANON Queen would impeach Biden to remove him as President.

    Now the latest about water borne COVID, he is wasting his talent here he should send his findings to every scientific publication or the many scientists doing research on the subject, they would welcome another brilliant mind to the herd.

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  • David,

    Alas! My worse suspicions have been confirmed.

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  • Correction – worst

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  • This jumped so fast, i missed it, last time i checked it was 459K, it seems like a couple weeks ago……stop playing games with stupid people until this thing slows down, lockdowns slow it…..Barbados don’t have 300K people….US lost HALF MILLION PEOPLE in 7 short months…another 7 months of this, do the math…and they’ve been vaccinating all over the place.

    https://www.nationnews.com/2021/02/23/us-records-500-000-virus-deaths/

    “Washington – President Joe Biden addressed the nation as the US marks 500 000 deaths from COVID, the most for any country in the world.”

    we now await the results of the HUMAN TRIALS.

    “Bloomberg
    More Than 209 Million Shots
    Given: Covid-19 Tracker
    In the U.S., 64.2 million doses have been administered; rollout goes global
    Updated: February 22, 2021, 7:43 PM GMT-4
    Vaccine Tracker

    The biggest vaccination campaign in history is underway. More than 209 million doses have been administered across 92 countries, according to data collected by Bloomberg. The latest rate was roughly 6.24 million doses a day.

    In the U.S., more Americans have now received at least one dose than have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began. So far, 64.2 million doses have been given. In the last week, an average of 1.37 million doses per day were administered.

    Vaccines Across America
    Across the U.S., 19.3 doses have been administered for every 100 people, and 85% of the shots delivered to states have been administered.”

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  • @Donna February 23, 2021 2:31 PM
    What a typical response. Wait, who dis body is? I feel he is anudder ferner? Bess, effin he haul he ass back to where he came from. We only want dem money, dey bess keep dem idears to demselves. 🤣🤣🤣🤣 #wegotthis

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  • @John
    Don’t forget a year ago?? We are just past the Lunar New Year. They went and cancelled Mardi Gras, but St.Paddy’s Day looms large on the horizon. And #wegatherin, or #weprotestin, has gripped Burma and India (to name just two) daily.

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  • “When John gets an idea in his head it becomes an obsession”

    No shit.

    His worst works are when blacks are murdered by the babylon and he defends bobby blue with every lie his lil mind can conceive

    he is worse than the worst white troll that ever lived and is a rat

    whites excuse for denying human rights to blacks in the past is that it was different times and was normal then

    #BLACKLIVESMATTER

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  • Oh and if wunna malicious people want to know how I know how long price mart lines was it is because I was in it!

    You see with every blasted computer place close I needed a printer which chose last night to pack up, so i had to go and expose myself to hundreds of potential covid carriers there when I could of gone in a computer store with 10 people in it and bought one. If any was open that is.

    Talk about a plan based on a lack of consumer behavioural knowledge well this one just win gold!

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  • @JohnA
    Kindly refrain from such empirical observations. Do you want a lineup inside or outside?
    Back to planting shiitake plugs.

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  • @ Northern

    Lol that is what i trying to figure out. But on the bright side it should make the tracking easier cause the doctors would be able to narrow down the source to one of 3 places with one question

    ” sir where did you catch this virus in Pricemart popular or Massy lines?” LOL

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  • Find wunna fellows like alot of shit talking especailly that fellow John and in his case I mean both metaphorically as well as literally. Lol

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  • GPFebruary 23, 2021 2:21 PM

    Boosters to combat variants?
    such agents would have to be modified to be efficacious …they would have to be able to combat pathogenic variables demonstrated/exhibited by the variant …..just like how flu shots are varied annually

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    From the time the press started pushing the COVID variants the case for vaccination was impaired.

    The vaccination should have been sold as a COVID shot, like a flu shot but that would be politically incorrect.

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  • The point being made is – the vaccine technology has room to address COVID variants.

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  • John careful fighting with northern observer three of his close relatives scored 100% on the canadian bar exam…………….one got 32 one got 33 and one got 35.

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  • Lawson

    I’ve only ever claimed to be half a lawyer.

    My limitations are known to me but I do know I have am expert at what gets up the noses of certain people.

    So every now and again I enjoy letting it rip!!

    I never do it unless I have a good idea of how it will turn out.

    I’ve found I can predict the steps now so am always a few steps ahead waiting for a response.

    As Rush would have said I operate with half my brain tied behind my back.

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  • Rush Limbaugh:
    I’m your host, Rush Limbaugh, with half my brain tied behind my back – just to make it fair.

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  • @Hal

    “By the end of April England should be back to normal – depending on the rise of new variants.”

    Johnson is inflicted with Bajan political virus, WISHFUL THINKING, Tourism to the rescue, ha, ha. Much to early to put forth GOALS as the pandemic is still in development. Johnson statement can best be described as political propaganda based on HOPE.

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  • Lawson tell him. The 32 was at the Manx, 33 was at the Moonroom, while 35 was at Les Brasseurs du Temps. Note all venues of Canadian Ballet were excluded. Though we did cruise by the Rabbit Hole, but avoided it as we were told it was bi-level and weren’t sure what that meant.

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  • @ Wily

    The virus is still mutating, but good leadership is about setting goals.
    Read this report:https://royalsociety.org/-/media/policy/projects/set-c/set-c-vaccine-passports.pdf?la=en-GB&hash=A3319C914245F73795AB163AD15E9021

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  • The point being made is – the vaccine technology has room to address COVID variants…..(Quote)

    Where did this come from?

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  • NO is the Manx still open?

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  • While some channel God for his/her ideas. John channels white Devils.
    Each to his own. The Spirit of the Rush still lives on in a Cunt named John

    Creation Rebel / Creation Dub

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @RICHARD PETKO February 23, 2021 8:49 AM
    “From todays pronouncement from BAMP or more exactly the president of BAMP we see the Covid goalposts that have not even been set, are now moving to a spot even more impossible to reach”
    +++++++++++++++++++++
    BAMP has been giving the government consistently good advice for the past six months and the government has been equally consistent in ignoring their good advice.

    If the Barbados government had listened to BAMP about quarantine protocols in October, November, and December we would not have had the surge of covid infections in the first place. But that is all water under the bridge.

    BAMP started off by voting out their previous council with the main reason being the need for independent and strong advocacy in COVID-19. BAMP put an epidemiologist in charge then insisted on being a formal part of the decision making process; they were finally invited to a social partnership meeting in early September. The new council, with a strong mandate from the membership, asked for 10 to 14 day quarantine for arrivals, but by the end of September in negotiations with the government this got whittled down to only 5 days… and then the government downright refused to implement even this watered down recommendation until after we already had a catastrophic surge on our hands in January.

    My own personal physician described the decision making process to establish the protocols as “madness.”

    Sadly, the government will probably ignore BAMP yet again and listen instead to the greed-heads who finance their election campaigns. Tragically, this will yet again turn out to be a disaster for the economy in the long run

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  • @Law…yep. Longing for a Furlonger?

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  • they are good

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  • “Johnson is inflicted with Bajan political virus, WISHFUL THINKING”

    Problem with making plans is situations change and nothing is cast in stone

    man plans and God laughs
    God damn, damn man,
    Man laughs at gods plan
    God laughs at man’s trash
    Man plans
    God laughs
    Let it be
    What it is

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  • re The point being made is – the vaccine technology has room to address COVID variants…..(Quote) Where did this come from?

    does not matter where it come from—- it is true.
    same way you made an antagonist against the initial agonist you make a new antagonist against the new agonist
    it is done every year with the flu shots

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @RICHARD PETKO
    I am puzzled by you decision to critique the way Barbados has handled the pandemic by citing comparative examples which have done a worse job: Costa Rica and Aruba. TheOGazerts pointed this out to you ten hours ago but I have yet to see you address the matter.

    Since you cite as examples countries that have a dramatically higher disease infection rat as well as death rate from this pandemic, should I conclude that you do not consider public health or the death of innocents to be important enough metrics to judge success or failure?

    Perhaps you are simply ignorant of the facts. You state that “The per capita case numbers are the same in all 3 countries” but this is a complete unvarnished lie.
    + Aruba 71,848 cases/million population
    + Costa Rica 39,553 cases/million population
    + Barbados 9,704 cases/million population

    So the only charitable conclusion that I can draw is that you were unaware that Costa Rica has per capita case numbers that are 4 times as high as Barbados while Aruba has per capita case numbers that are 7.4 times as high as Barbados. The only other conclusion available is that you are deliberately trying to mislead your readers in an attempt to promote a selfish and anti-Barbadian agenda.

    In either case the plain truth makes it clear that none of your recommendations are supported by the facts.

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  • Excellent news: Our Most Honourable Prime Minister and her medical team vaccinated more than 19,000 people so far. Thank you very much, Prime Minister!

    Moreover, the high number of local Barbadians among those infected with COVID19 demonstrates impressively that it is not the tourists but the locals themselves who are to blame for the spread of the epidemic.

    The opposition will rage about my statements. Because they are true.

    Our government is doing everything right. As usual.

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  • If the government did not adhere to advice from BAMP it seems logical the advice from the CMO and staff was taken r they should have been resignations by now.

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  • Northern Observer,

    I would be a fool not to be suspicious of the motives of Richard Petko. TYPICALLY, we trust such people at our peril.

    Not many of them make our wellbeing their priority. Usually, it’s all about them.

    Plenty of evidence to back that up.

    He is welcome to his opinions. He is welcome to express them. And history says I exercise good judgement in questioning them and his motives.

    So, say what you like, Miss Marple does not accept drinks from strangers.

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  • Uh-oh! Miss Marple and PLT have come to the same conclusion.

    Now do you see why I asked the questions?

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  • “Excellent news: Our Most Honourable Prime Minister and her medical team vaccinated more than 19,000 people so far. Thank you very much, Prime Minister!”

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Spot On.

    Hail Mia…🇧🇧

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  • Once all the elderly and all the chronically ill (which includes all those many fat Barbadians) are vaccinated, we should allow all tourists into the country without quarantine who have a COVID19 vaccination certificate.

    I hope we can start again with the British tourists as early as this spring. Our economy is already close to collapse. We cannot afford another half a year without guests.

    Our tourists are our most valuable source of income. Welcome back to all vaccinated British people! We miss you so much.

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  • Critical Analyzer

    @peterlawrencethompson February 23, 2021 5:27 PM

    If BAMP really cared they would have put together a massive medical team to review all the COVID studies, research and protocols various doctors have been using around the world to varying degrees of success to see how we can cheaply treat this COVID thing and open up the country.

    If the doctors were not allowed to operate during all the lockdowns and were mandated to only work from home and refer all cases requiring physical treatment to the polyclinics or QEH, they would not be calling for lockdown.

    All the people I hear calling for lockdowns are the ones that already have money, getting paid or whose jobs are deemed an essential service.

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  • Lawson..as an old rail bird, I found it odd to use the name Furlonger, as Connaught had ceased running t-breds before I was born. That track did however create the Daily Double, which is still used at many tracks all over the world.
    How did Tiger flip an SUV at 7am in the morning?

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @Critical Analyzer February 23, 2021 6:07 PM
    In September, October, November & December they were NOT calling for lockdowns, they were calling for quarantine protocols that were not so stupid. The government were wownwayish and hoarders, so the surge that BAMP warned against inevitably occurred and now we have lockdowns.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    ^ own-wayish and hard-ears

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  • Tiger says his chances of winning masters are only 50 50 now.lol If I were a betting man I would check to see if a golf club was through the glass or a hockey stick.

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  • @Donna
    LOL….”such people”? I take you already know the body and the answers to all the questions you posed.

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  • Hearing about another virus maybe on the way..and not even a 1/4 through the pandemic…someone said out of 10 infections…there are 7 deaths.

    “Nipah Virus (NiV) | CDC
    http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/nipah
    Nipah virus is also known to cause illness in pigs and people. Infection with NiV is associated with encephalitis (swelling of the brain) and can cause mild to severe illness and even death. Outbreaks occur almost annually in parts of Asia, primarily Bangladesh and India.”

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  • Golf Fans only.

    Hi Davie old chappie 👏🏿 Stay away from fried dolphin. Hot mint in de evening n mornings is good for your stomach.

    Tiger Woods Live Updates: Golfer Hospitalized After Car Crash
    Woods’s vehicle could be seen turned on its side at the crash site in the Los Angeles area. His agent said he had suffered “multiple leg injuries” and had undergone surgery.

    Here’s what you need to know:

    Tiger Woods was conscious and talking after the crash, the authorities said.
    Before Tuesday’s wreck, it was not clear whether Woods would play in the Masters.
    Another car crash, in 2009, rocked Woods’s career.
    ‘I’m sick to my stomach,’ Woods’s friend Justin Thomas said.
    Woods’s comeback reached its finest moment less than two years ago.
    Tiger Woods was conscious and talking after the crash, the authorities said.

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  • Apparently there is an outbreak…recent.

    “Nipah virus outbreaks have been reported in Malaysia, Singapore, Bangladesh and India. The highest mortality due to Nipah virus infection was found in Bangladesh, where outbreaks are typically seen in winter. Nipah virus was first seen in 1998 in peninsular Malaysia in pigs and pig farmers.”

    Apparently Woods had to have surgery on his leg from the accident.

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  • Critical Analyzer

    My contention has always been lockdowns and quarantines were a waste of time and only served to give a false sense of control over the virus. From the time China lied about human-to-human transmission and allowed people from Wuhan to hop on international flights, the containment battle was permanently lost.

    All efforts should have been put into getting sick people to first stay home and call a hotline to be tested. Then give everyone that test positive the option to self isolate at home if their home with a tracking device and pulse-oximeter if it meets the criteria or a stay at one of the isolation hotels where they are free to roam the premises and go on the beach like an all-inclusive resort free of charge.

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  • beverly hills not too far away

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  • Covid death rate climbs in barbados again

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  • W’s look interesting WWW

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