David; Attached are updated charts for this week. Positive cases remain on a downward trend. Vaccinations are slowly increasing and test positivity remains substantially above the goal of <5%. Indeed, the 7 day positivity trend line is showing a slight uptick. Increased uptake of vaccinations, vigilance and compliance with protocols seems to be necessary, especially as the Omicron variant is on the move and threatens.Lyall Small
Cases in Barbados continue to fall.
Must have just been a blip/
Had me worried.
At 8.7% test Positivity is now down to single digits for the first time since early September.
We have to maintain our discipline to ensure consistency.
The best you will get from positivity is a feeling for the direction in which cases are headed.
Low means down, so a good sign.
I also think that a high test positivity rate is suggestive of significant community spread which ensures that the contact tracers cannot do their jobs efficiently and tends to lead to higher overall disease incidence . Low test positivity indicates that disease incidence is down, so a good sign, as you said above. The under 5% target is an arbitrary target but is very useful as a goal for the Covid managers to aim for. There is no agreed mathematical formula that links test positivity with overall disease incidence.
It is being reported booster shots will assit against Omnicron.
Testing of a plant based vaccine underway…….
Signs of Omicron found in California wastewater, suggesting variant is widespread
If it is in the Wastewater it is in the drinking/bathing water.
Simple fact of life.
True of all variants!!
… and any other impurity that might be floating around.
So, if Ivermectin is being used in St. Lucia then going the extra mile requires us to look at the results.
Quite amazing to watch how active cases have fallen, quite unmistakable!!
Active cases down to 102, where we might get to later this month except we are seeing some conflicting signals.
Here is St. Lucia.
And here is Barbados
Looks like Ivermectin might allow a country to bring down its active cases faster by successfully resolving them.
Quite interesting to see the similarities between characteristic curves.
One doctor suspended for the use of the drug and you assume it has widespread use.
All countries should be aiming at getting their active cases to zero.
That way there is no reservoir from which future waves cab start,
Take a look at Japan.
Active cases at 867 but trending to zero.
Hang on a minute, didn’t I not long ago see something about Japan and Ivermectin?
Even posted it here already!!
UK Omicron tests show three vaccine doses are key