COVID 19 Update – Well Done Bajans!

Encouraging signs are to be seen of late from trending reflected on the Barbados Covid 19 Situation Report. Yesterday recorded 9 reported positive cases with the positivity rate falling below 2%. Compared to Jamaica, Bermuda and The Bahamas to use three regional examples of service economies highly dependent on traffic from outside of country, Barbadians, including the government have done a good job to clawback from the precipice which beckoned a few weeks ago when all COVID hell broke loose.

Another encouraging sign is the rapid rate of penetration of Barbadians vaccinated. It has been reported that 1st dose stock of vaccinations were exhausted this week and the country is waiting on the next shipment to restart inoculation to satisfy high demand.

Clearly given the unknowns associated with COVID 19 and the virulent nature of the virus Barbadians cannot allow themselves to be lulled into complacency. The state of the economy combined with COVID fatigue by citizens everywhere must continue to motivate us to listen to the health officials in whom we must trust.

Congratulations Barbadians!

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  • https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-10/csiro-sewage-covid-19-australian-study-wastewater/12967618

    ‘We can outmanoeuvre this insidious virus’
    CSIRO chief executive Larry Marshall said wastewater testing was one of the critical science-driven tools that would support opening borders to drive Australia’s recovery and reduce future disruption.

    “Australians want to do the right thing, but this solution from science detects the disease before people feel the symptoms, so we can out-think and outmanoeuvre this insidious virus,” Dr Marshall said.

    “It’s a true team Australia approach when states can stay open by targeting their response to contain the disease, saving whole regions from having to shut down.”

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  • New cases in India for today at 92,998, just shy of the 100K mark.

    Previous highest was 96K, so about 3% off.

    Deaths at 514, about 200 less than yesterday.

    Four weeks ago deaths were at 91 and falling and a US expert had listed the 10 things the Indian Government had done to get cases and deaths to fall so drastically.

    What a difference a month makes.

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  • This stupid shit Israel is coming up with to take away freedom acting as they rule the world is to be rejected at all cost, ya don’t need a vaccine for the flu shot that kills millions around the world annually, what does one need a vaccine passport for a passing virus…..watch these wannabe enslavers trying to deny freedom to the world’s populace..

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/04/03/world-florida-prohibits-vaccine-passports-citing-freedom/

    “SOURCE: AFP — Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Friday banned the use of “vaccine passports” in the southeastern US state, citing “individual freedom”.

    The Republican governor’s executive order prohibits government offices from issuing any “standardised documentation” certifying that an individual has been immunized against COVID-19.

    It also prohibits private companies in Florida from requiring any type of document from their customers certifying their vaccination, or immunity after they have recovered from the coronavirus”

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  • ya don’t need a vaccine PASSPORT for the flu that kills millions around the world annually,after taking the shot, what does one need a vaccine passport for a passing virus…..watch these wannabe enslavers trying to deny freedom to the world’s populace..

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  • Can you imagine just how much COVID would spread if Mosquitoes were also capable of transmitting it.

    Water and air I believe are acting together in India and mayhem is the result.

    If there were indications that Mosquitoes also spread it as they do Yellow Fever, Dengue and other viruses all hell would break loose.

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  • Barbadians. Do not be deceived. Ask the hard questions first and do not pat yourselves on the back.
    “Another encouraging sign is the rapid rate of penetration of Barbadians vaccinated. It has been reported that 1st dose stock of vaccinations were exhausted this week and the country is waiting on the next shipment to restart inoculation to satisfy high demand.”
    The above statement is NONSENSE!
    How do you have a vaccine that is NOT tested, unproven, and yet it is effective?
    How do you make a vaccine that only prevents you from getting the WORSE form of the disease, but it doesn’t prevent the disease is all forms? Does that make sense?
    Really?
    What the elites and those who obfuscate the truth wont tell you is that the SEA, SUN, and fresh air we have here is greatly responsible for our good figures
    What you WONT hear is that when you go to Harrisons Point, you don’t get any fancy medicine, and your survival is almost guaranteed because Covis-19 appears to be a grand global scheme to grab power and remove your constitutional rights!

    Stop listening to CNN and Fox exclusively. Do your research. Learn to listen to multiple sources of news and draw your own conclusions
    Connect the dots!
    Back to watching!

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  • I haven’t commented on these covid-19 post for a bit.

    If there is one thing that I found joy in, it is the response of the GOB to the COVID-19 pandemic. Like most of you, I could second guess and point fingers, but if I am honest to myself, then I must admit that despite any/many missteps, the GOB has done a good job.

    I remember sitting in my home and wondering how a 2×3 country was giving its citizens vaccines and all I was getting was emails. At one stage I became so angry that I whipped off an angry email, so now my name is probably on a list of crackpots in NJ.

    Ignore the conspiracy theories, the pseudo science and ‘outright lies’ often deposited on the pages of BU. Think for yourself, do your own research and come to your own conclusion.

    I did and all I can say is ” Great job GoB”. Give yourself a pat on the back, take a bow, but remain vigilant.

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  • @WURA-War-on-U April 4, 2021 4:29 AM “…ya don’t need a vaccine for the flu shot that kills millions around the world annually, what does one need a vaccine passport for a passing virus”

    How do you know that it is a passing virus?

    How do you know that it is not a revolving, ever evolving virus that will take all of humanity to the place were the dinosaurs have gone?

    Maybe if a flu shot and flu passport had been required we would not have millions killed around the world annually.

    A PASS PORT is exactly that. If you don’t have it you can’t pass my port. Do whatever you feel like at home, but I ent letting you into my place.

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  • @WURA-War-on-U April 4, 2021 4:29 AM ““SOURCE: AFP — Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Friday banned the use of “vaccine passports” in the southeastern US state, citing “individual freedom”.

    In addition, what if the Florida governor is an idiot?

    You know right, that God is an equal opportunity God, and he ensures and each country gets its fair share of idiots?

    You know this right?

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  • @John April 4, 2021 8:17 AM “Water and air I believe are acting together in India and mayhem is the result. If there were indications that Mosquitoes also spread it as they do Yellow Fever, Dengue and other viruses all hell would break loose.”

    It seems like the virus is disappointing you.

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  • @TheOGazerts April 4, 2021 11:03 AM “I remember sitting in my home and wondering how a 2×3 country was giving its citizens vaccines and all I was getting was emails. At one stage I became so angry that I whipped off an angry email, so now my name is probably on a list of crackpots in NJ.”

    My response: Ya killin’ me, this Blessed Easter morning. Lol!!!

    @TheOGazerts April 4, 2021 11:03 AM “Ignore the conspiracy theories, the pseudo science and ‘outright lies’ often deposited on the pages of BU. Think for yourself, do your own research and come to your own conclusion.”

    My response: I am listening to relatives, friends, neighburs, former colleagues etc. none of whom have ever been dishonest with me in 40 or 50 or more years. Many of whom have been working with Covid patients in Barbados and abroad for more than a year now. Some of whom I have “known” before their parent’s met, some of whom I have known since they were in diapers. I know these people. I love them. I trust them.

    If I don’t trust them, how and why should I trust some stranger on the internet?

    Am I foolish to trust people who have always been good and loving to me?

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  • Disgusting Lies & Propaganda TV

    “The Watcher April 4, 2021 10:05 AM”
    How do you make a vaccine that only prevents you from getting the WORSE form of the disease, but it doesn’t prevent the disease is all forms? Does that make sense?

    Think about it. HOW DOES A VACCINE STOPS THE WORST FORM OF DISEASE?. A vaccine \ drug is not an internal forcefield. It dramatically helps reduce the replication of a virus in the body, makes a virus far less lethal, makes people contagious for a shorter period. When you catch the flu or cold you are still contagious, that is why doctors recommended a 1 – 2 week sick leave to STAY AT HOME to avoid spreading it and for you to recover on your own. The worst form of disease from viruses leads to DEATH. The objectives of vaccines is to prevent death, to prevent the spread of the virus internally and externally and for the body to recover on its own. It will be similar for COVID-19 when more vaccinations are done globally.

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  • @ 🐰
    Happy Easter.
    Honestly, I was missing you.
    Two posts and I am beginning to miss your silence
    HAGD

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  • @ John April 4, 2021 8:17 AM
    “”Can you imagine just how much COVID would spread if Mosquitoes were also capable of transmitting it.

    Water and air I believe are acting together in India and mayhem is the result.

    If there were indications that Mosquitoes also spread it as they do Yellow Fever, Dengue and other viruses all hell would break loose.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Can you imagine, also, just how much AIDS would spread “if Mosquitoes were also capable of transmitting it”.

    Isn’t water and air acting together too in Barbados?

    How come then the rate of infection is trending downwards, and at a significantly fast rate in Barbados?

    Has the GoB taken your advice and closed down the Desalination plant at Spring Garden which you fingered as the source for the spread of Covid-19 and its mutants across Barbados?

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  • What Lying John is not saying is that the testing is simply to identify where the virus is and to test and identify the infected residents whose waste it is even before any symptoms are even experienced.

    Nuff nuff virus in waste water means hotspot. Nuff nuff infected people transmitting through proximity to each other, sharing the same spaces and breathing each other’s air.

    It has nothing to do with the transmission of the virus via water.

    Heard this months ago.

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  • 33,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines en route to Barbados – 33,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines en route to Barbados: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/04/04/33600-doses-of-astrazeneca-vaccines-en-route-to-barbados/

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  • Cuhdear Bajan,

    To keep the spirit of your Lonely Londoner alive on the blog let me offer you a hearty

    “SPOT ON!”

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  • Masks, physical distancing, hand washing or sanitising, vaccines!

    It has worked again for Barbados even with community spread this time. It has already been revealed that it is spreading mostly among family members and neighbours around whom people tend to relax.

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  • Today is indeed a great day to celebrate glory! Goddess Bim protects Barbados and her high priestess Mia Mottley.

    Only three more new cases of the China Plague. Let’s all celebrate our Prime Minister, her Cabinet Ministers and all front-line works. Herald their deeds.

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  • MillerApril 4, 2021 12:41 PM

    How come then the rate of infection is trending downwards, and at a significantly fast rate in Barbados?

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    Fewer tests!!

    Besides, people aren’t coming forward as before!!

    The option of getting moved down to the Harrison’s Point facility is not appealing.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/03/25/bajans-hedging-bets-with-vaccine-avoiding-tests/

    I see the deaths continue to rise.

    We are up to 43.

    Meanwhile, Dominica is still zero, Singapore, New Zealand, Bermuda and Australia have not moved either.

    India I see has passed the 100K mark for positive tests today.

    Never been there before.

    Deaths rising slowly,

    The acid test is the deaths and we have not stopped them happening.

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  • MillerApril 4, 2021 12:41 PM

    Has the GoB taken your advice and closed down the Desalination plant at Spring Garden which you fingered as the source for the spread of Covid-19 and its mutants across Barbados?

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    Moving everybody the COVID buses identify as potential for COVID to Harrison’s Point is a way to prevent them shedding the virus into the ground water.

    However, if that is the strategy being adopted GOB should know that the virus appears in the sewage up to a week before symptoms arise.

    Horse is out of the stable long before the COVID bus turns up.

    So, deaths will continue to rise and cases will continue to fall.

    The rise will not be large as there is probably only one source of water borne infection.

    We will never rid ourselves of the virus if this is the strategy …. but we can with a little common sense!!

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  • MillerApril 4, 2021 12:41 PM

    Can you imagine, also, just how much AIDS would spread “if Mosquitoes were also capable of transmitting it”.

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

    What if AIDS were transmitted by water!!

    Does the AIDS virus appear in sewage like the virus that causes COVID?

    Probably does but it may not survive long enough like the virus that causes COVID.

    All we are seeing is that different viruses are spread by different means.

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  • We never did get rid of the AIDS virus, no vaccine was ever found!!

    Unlike POLIO and SMALL POX.

    “Smallpox is a highly contagious and deadly disease caused by the variola virus. It was estimated to have infected 300 million people in the 20th Century before it became the only human infectious disease ever to be completely eradicated.”

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  • “One of the reasons smallpox was so dangerous and deadly is because it’s an airborne disease. Airborne diseases tend to spread fast. Coughing, sneezing, or direct contact with any bodily fluids could spread the smallpox virus. In addition, sharing contaminated clothing or bedding could lead to infection.”

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  • Disgusting Lies & Propaganda TV

    For the John Boys and the GPs of the blog

    JohnApril 4, 2021 5:40 PM
    “The acid test is the deaths and we have not stopped them happening.”

    Ok John Jacob, we have not stopped them but we have definitely slowed them down. These deaths are from people who caught Covid-19 before the vaccination program had as much penetration as it has now . So I guess the real acid test is how much more we can slow down the deaths by slowing down community spread and vaccinating more people to stop those deaths.
    Barbados is now at the same point Australia, New Zealand and Singapore reached approx. 6 months ago with community spread and they didn’t see a resurgence. Dominica never had textbook community spread.

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  • Not a good prognosis for India.

    The major bathing dates are in April so in all likelihood, the worst is yet to come.

    The pilgrims have to show negative COVID status but the virus is waiting for them in the rivers in which they will bathe.

    It is going to spread like wildfire in India.

    https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/kumbh-mela-2021-pilgrims-must-show-covid-19-negative-report-in-haridwar-2399067

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  • .Disgusting Lies & Propaganda TVApril 4, 2021 6:55 PM

    Ok John Jacob, we have not stopped them but we have definitely slowed them down. These deaths are from people who caught Covid-19 before the vaccination program had as much penetration as it has now .

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    https://gisbarbados.gov.bb/?s=covid+death

    COVID-19 Update: 3 New Cases, 20 Recovered, 1 Death
    BY BGIS | APR 3, 2021 | CORONA VIRUS, TOP STORIES

    A 70-year-old Barbadian man with comorbidities is the latest COVID-19 fatality, bringing the number of deaths from the virus to 43. He passed away on Friday, April 2, after spending 29 days at the Harrison Point Isolation Facility, 19 of which he spent on a…

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  • TheOGazerts (Inventor of the resurrection ray and mosquito repellant)

    @ 🐰
    He’s back.
    I seem to remember a time when you were opposed to considering deaths as being due to covid, but now it seems as if you are willing to count all deaths as due to covid.

    “I see the deaths continue to rise. We are up to 43.”
    ***I got this. I am rolling out my resurrection machine this Wednesday. Until then death will continue to rise. I will reduce the number of deaths starting from Thursday. I would be glad if people prepaid, but I am so confident this machine will work that you can pay me after resurrection.
    Mosquito repellant $9.95.

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  • The problem with the GOB’s Fever House at Harrison’s Point is that it is pretty difficult not to record any deaths there as anything other than due to COVID.

    The GOB can’t tell the press that a person died in the Fever House of a heart attack or an infected great toe without the press twigging something is wrong..

    In the US, Hospitals get $39K for every COVID death vs $13K for non COVID deaths and there is political mileage to be had.

    600K X 39K = Mucho Dinero!! >>> Billions and Billions of $$$

    KXK = K squared = a million.

    The US numbers are rubbish.

    India is as far as I can tell, for real and the GOB with its Fever House is forced to be honest.

    What is becoming even clearer from the Indian numbers is that the death rate in the US due to COVID was probably concocted.

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  • As deaths are presented in a cumulative manner it will rise; the cumulative stays the same or increases. It can never decrease.

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  • The second and third ‘shahi snan’ will take place on 12 April and 14 April, respectively.

    It can only get worse for India.

    Chinese New Year and Mardi Gras hit the US for six.

    Brazil had the Carnival in RIO in 2020 and never recovered.

    Looks like a pattern is starting to emerge but Indi’s upswing will put the US and Brazil in the shade.

    .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTDRTMHTt1Y

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  • Disgusting Lies & Propaganda TV

    “JohnApril 4, 2021 7:34 PM”
    A 70-year-old Barbadian man with comorbidities is the latest COVID-19 fatality, bringing the number of deaths from the virus to 43. He passed away on Friday, April 2, after spending 29 days at the Harrison Point Isolation Facility, 19 of which he spent on a ventilator

    Ok Johnny ma boy. 29 days at Harrison’s Point, I doubt he contracted COVID-19 the same day he got placed in the facility or even the same day he got tested. So accommodating for the incubation period (7-14 days) he probably contracted Covid-19 in the last full week of February 2021. I would have to check how many people in Barbados was vaccinated by that time. Once a person gets to the point to be placed on the ventilator with COVID-19 the prognosis is grim. It would be good to know how many are now on ventilators and fhow long they were at the facility

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  • @TheOGazerts April 5, 2021 6:49 AM “As deaths are presented in a cumulative manner it will rise; the cumulative stays the same or increases. It can never decrease.”

    Except perhaps with your resurrection machine. Lol! You quoted the price for your mosquito repellent, but not for the other machine. I am wondering if I can afford it?

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  • John can you tell me how many people in Barbados are drinking untreated water from the sewers. Just an estimate will do.

    But I can tell you that I don’t know anybody here who drinks untreated sewer water.

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  • The UK Covid deaths may be an undercount, because only deaths which occur within 28 days of diagnosis are counted as Covid deaths. So for example if a set of twins were diagnosed with Covid19, and 1 died on day 28 that is a Covid death. If the other dies on day 29 that is counted as a death from heart attack, pneumonia, multiple organ failure etc.

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  • Cuhdear BajanApril 5, 2021 9:55 AM

    John can you tell me how many people in Barbados are drinking untreated water from the sewers. Just an estimate will do.

    But I can tell you that I don’t know anybody here who drinks untreated sewer water.

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    Define treatment.

    To what standard?

    Every drop of BWA water has impurities.

    Much of the water the DESAL plant or BWA pumps will originate as wastewater, some as sewage.

    Some impurities will escape any treatment process.

    For example, the standard for the DESAL plant is 250mg/l total dissolved solids.

    SIMPLE FACT OF LIFE!!

    The BWA and DESAL plant never had to deal with the COVID Virus before and no one knows if the 250 mg/l is adequate.

    Maybe it should be 0.25 mg per litre … who knows.

    Maybe it should be zero!!

    This is simplicity itself.

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  • Cuhdear BajanApril 5, 2021 10:11 AM

    The UK Covid deaths may be an undercount, because only deaths which occur within 28 days of diagnosis are counted as Covid deaths. So for example if a set of twins were diagnosed with Covid19, and 1 died on day 28 that is a Covid death. If the other dies on day 29 that is counted as a death from heart attack, pneumonia, multiple organ failure etc.

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

    W=hat if both were born with infected great toes.

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  • From FOX
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/fox11online.com/amp/news/fox-11-investigates/fact-check-how-are-covid-19-deaths-counted-do-hospitals-get-money-for-covid-19-deaths

    “Do hospitals get money for every COVID-19 death?
    You may have heard the claim that hospitals get money for every COVID-19 death.

    “Providers can get additional reimbursement through Medicare. That was a component of the CARES Act that was passed by Congress and signed by the president as a partial offset to all the extra costs that providers are incurring,” Potter said.

    People also claim death numbers are being inflated so hospitals get more money. Potter says that’s not true for two reasons.

    The first, Potter says that 20% add-on from the CARES Act is only for services provided, not deaths.

    In actual dollar amounts, Potter says the 20% payment averages out to be around $35,000 per patient on a ventilator.

    Potter says the second reason it’s not true is because of checks and balances.

    “If somebody knowingly alters the medical record, which would then create the bill I think is being alleged here… That would be caught through audit. And if that occurred, you could be prosecuted — there’s huge penalties,” Potter said.

    “I know that there’s a certain group of people out there who seem to think that we’re taking directions from the CDC, or physicians or certain health departments or something like this to inflate the numbers which is absolutely, completely false,” Klaeser said.

    “There’s no pressure on the physician to say COVID, we’re going to get paid more if you have COVID,” Dr. Mead said.

    In September, Medicare began requiring a documented positive COVID-19 test to get the add-on.”

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  • When you go to the dentist, tap water is not used.

    It is distilled, the method which produces the purest form of water.

    Life threatening infections can result if impure water is used.

    Google and see for yourself.

    I recently went to the dentist for a lost filling and expressed my concerns about waterborne diseases like COVID as the dental office was situated in an area I am pretty sure gets water from the Desal plant.

    I learnt that dentists are ahead of the game where water purification is concerned.

    Reverse Osmosis does not yield pure enough water for use in a dental office.

    Same principle at work with the DESAL plant.

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  • @ John April 6, 2021 6:11 AM
    “When you go to the dentist, tap water is not used.
    It is distilled, the method which produces the purest form of water.
    Life threatening infections can result if impure water is used.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Isn’t that same principle involving similar risk factors applicable to breathing in polluted air?

    Why aren’t you calling for the banning of the burning of fossil fuels which are known contaminants of the atmosphere and reversing the process which Mother Nature took millions of year to bury underground so that primates like you can survive as the most dangerous species?

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  • As Lying John knows very well, it is the positivity rate that is telling rather than the number of confirmed cases. The positivity rate somewhat negates the importance of the number of tests conducted.

    The positivity rate has been trending downwards for weeks. For a clearer picture, it is better to take a weekly average of the positivity rate.

    But trolls gotta troll and liars gotta lie. John is both.

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  • And those graphs can be viewed on the BU sidebar.

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  • Toronto schools shutting down for in-person learning as COVID-19 cases soar.

    https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2021/04/06/todays-coronavirus-news-tuesday-april-6-2021.html

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  • If people are not getting tested the new cases statistic as well as any positivity ratio are irrelevant!!

    The only real data to go by is the number of deaths.

    Rising, falling constant or zero.

    Some countries are zero … eg Dominica, Vanuatu etc.

    The secret is to learn from those countries that have zero deaths or deaths that have plateaued, ie constant..

    Therein lies the key to the solution.

    Explain those countries and you can explain rising or falling deaths.

    The secret is to get rid of the virus in its home outside of the human body.

    The new case stats in India with 115K+ cases today are highly relevant because lots of testing is happening.

    The new case stat in Barbados is irrelevant because very few are being tested.

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  • Those countries with low deaths do not suffer from a high incidence of NCDs in the country.

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  • Not true and you know it.

    I was enjoying the days without the lies. Too bad you are back.

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  • John u make sense but no one will listen to u

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  • Everybody grab your muscles and do this kung fu like a shaolin monk with a big smile on your face relaxing like a rasta herb smoker meditating like a budhist

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  • DavidApril 7, 2021 1:45 AM

    Those countries with low deaths do not suffer from a high incidence of NCDs in the country.

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    NCD’s are a separate issue from the spread of COVID and need to be addressed separately.

    If COVID is spread from the DESAL Plant and it is clear the possibility exists, shut it down irrespective of whether we have a high level of NCD’s or not.

    If we have a bunch of fat women (and men … I could lose some weight too) in Barbados then find a way to encourage them to exercise.

    Lockdowns are only going to make the situation worse.

    I can’t imagine, given the fact that COVID likes to kill people with NCD’s isn’t incentive enough to exercise and watch what you eat..

    It is clear that “Vaccines” are not likely to be a substitute to good health and wellness.

    Nor will masks and social distancing if it is spread by water as is becoming clearer by the day.

    I see India had 115K new cases yesterday …. four weeks ago the new cases were below 10K and the deaths are rising.

    … and the big bath days are yet to come in April.

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  • Up to 2018, pre COVID, in terms of the percentage of deaths accountable to NCD’s, Barbados (83%) is better off than both Australia (89%) or New Zealand (88%).

    Singapore is (74%) and USA and UK are about the same as Australia and New Zealand. (89% 88%)

    China is 89%, same as USA and UK.

    Italy and Spain are the worst off in this grouping. (91%)

    Haiti on the other hand is at 54% and Zambia at 29%!!

    No data for Dominica or Bermuda.

    Vanuatu is at 74%, like Singapore.

    https://www.who.int/nmh/countries/en/

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  • While COVID seems to relish killing people with NCD’s certainly it has to be able to spread to nail those who suffer from the malaise.

    One would think that Australia and New Zealand had a low incidence of NCD’s but that is not the case, they both have the problem, a bit worse than Barbados.

    Clearly they, like Singapore have been able to stop the spread and so protect those with NCD’s in their countries.

    Brazil is comparable to Singapore where NCD’s are concerned (74%) but it can’t control the spread of COVID.

    It is in the top 20 where deaths per 1 million of population is concerned.

    This is not a good sign for India in the coming months.

    Its rate of spread is tremendous at the moment though it still is #126 in cases/million of population.

    NCD’s are accountable for 63% of deaths in India, it remains to be seen if this keeps the death rate down.

    It is #120 in countries with deaths/million and for now, far from being in the top 20.

    Barbados is slightly worse off than India where deaths and cases per million are concerned but its numbers are tiny so there may not be much significance in that ranking.

    We’ll see what happens with India over the ensuing months given the rapid spread which seems to have been caused by water.

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  • India going ballistic, 136K cases to date, deaths have increased almost 10 fold in 4 weeks and the big bathing days are yet to come.

    Dominica still at zero, Singapore not changing and New Zealand and Australia firmly in the driver’s seat.

    Clearly some countries are doing something different to others.

    What is it and how can we learn?

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  • You can look at Brazil’s graph of daily cases and see two factors at work.

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  • @John April 8, 2021 7:32 PM “Clearly some countries are doing something different to others. What is it and how can we learn.”

    Wash your hands
    Wear your mask
    Watch your distance

    Don’t drink or bathe in dirty untreated water. It is ok though to bather in the Caribbean Sea or the Atlantic Ocean.

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  • @John April 8, 2021 3:01 AM “Brazil is comparable to Singapore where NCD’s are concerned (74%) but it can’t control the spread of COVID.”

    I am here wondering if that is because their President is a right wing Trumpist?

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  • @John April 7, 2021 9:47 AM “If we have a bunch of fat women (and men … I could lose some weight too) in Barbados then find a way to encourage them to exercise.”

    Sensible.

    If like me you are retired and have nothing better to do, try field labor. Knocks the weight off and keeps it off like nothing else. I tried walking [fair] swimming [god] and field labor [excellent]

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  • https://www.researchgate.net/publication/301202635_Environmental_impacts_of_runoff_on_the_Bellairs_fringing_reef_Barbados

    Abstract and Figures
    The fringing reefs of Barbados have been suffering chronic disturbances of eutrophication and sedimentation for more than 25 years. These processes are driven by the addition of sediments and nutrients to the oligotrophic marine environment. The contributions of runoff to these processes were documented by event-based sampling of flow at an outlet through Holetown and the adjacent nearshore area including the Bellairs Reef. The following parameters were monitored and their contributions to coastal water quality degradation assessed: turbidity, total suspended solids (TSS), nitrate-nitrite nitrogen (NO x-N), soluble reactive phosphorus (SRP), nearshore sedimentation, salinity, and terrestrial discharge. A significant northward dispersion trend was observed directing plumes towards the Bellairs Reef. All 4 events documented produced detrimental levels of turbidity, or TSS, or both above the reef. Water quality in the area of the outlet and above the reef significantly varied among events in correspondence to total TSS loads and discharges from the outlet, though temporal variation above the reef also depended on wind stress. While excessive turbidity levels lasted less than 2-3 days, excessive TSS levels reaching the reef lasted at least 3 days. Estimated suspended sediment loads ranged between 32-187 metric tonnes. Nearshore sedimentation was in excess of guidelines for 35 of the 118 days monitored, presenting a chronic stress in addition to that of reduced surface water clarity. Dissolved nutrient loads were estimated to range between 8.5-32.4 kg-SRP and 17.6-66.7 kg-NO x-N. It is expected that these loads make large contributions to coastal eutrophication, especially that of the limiting nutrient, phosphorus.

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  • Three more major bathing days in the holy River Ganges before the end of April.

    Haridwar Kumbh Mela
    Kumbh Mela, the largest religious gathering in the world, is held every 12 years in rotation at the four holy places of Haridwar, Allahabad, Ujjain and Nasik. The 2021 Maha Kumbh Mela will be held at Haridwar. It will witness the coming together of millions of pilgrims, accompanied by sadhus and different akharas, to take a dip in the holy River Ganges. The bathing dates for this mega event have already been announced and they are mentioned below.

    January 14 to April 27, 2021

    Makar Sankranti (Snan) 14 January 2021
    Mauni Amavasya (Snan) 11 February 2021
    Basant Panchami (Snan) 16 February 2021
    Magh Poornima 27 February 2021
    Maha Shivratri (Shahi Snan) 11 March 2021
    Somvati Amamvasya (Shahi Snan) 12 April 2021
    Baisakhi (Shahi Snan) 14 April 2021
    Ram Navami (Snan) 21 April 2021
    Chaitra Purnima (Shahi Snan) 27 April 2021

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  • If the authorities in India do not control the Hindu pilgrims in the exercise of their faith over the next two to three weeks it is likely that new cases in India will continue to rise over the next few months.

    My bet is they cannot.

    Today the count was 144K.

    It is clear that the rise to 144K was alot sharper than the rise in the “first wave”.

    The number of daily new cases could very well exceed 200K within a matter of days and remain over 200K and likely rising for a couple of months.

    Deaths will follow until the spread is controlled but India is also cursed by Malaria and uses anti malarial medicines so I suspect the deaths may not be as severe as in countries which are malaria free..

    It may be that the spread will be controlled by natural forces and not by authoritarian measures, in other words, the spread will have a mind of its own and all the authorities can do is to wait it out.

    Strong arm measures to control the population’s behaviour will probably not work.

    The best the Indian authorities can do to prevent succeeding waves is to gain control of sewage and reduce the ability of the virus to end up in the rivers and the drinking water.

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  • It maybe the deadly second wave of the Spanish Flu epidemic occurred because of spread via water.

    Same principle of sewage ending up in rivers and ground water.

    There was also a third wave but not as deadly.

    By then most of at risk population was dead already.

    Also, by then people were more careful about airborne spread, social distancing and masks.

    Clearly we need to eradicate it, or create conditions where it eradicates itself.

    https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/1918-commemoration/three-waves.htm

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