BU COVID Dash – Testing is Down!

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

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  • GP THE EX DR AND EX TRAINED DR

    Ron Johnson: Americans died because Fauci ‘sabotaged’ early treatment
    December 7, 2021 | Robin Beres |

    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) excoriated Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, for what the senator says has been a failed response to the COVID-19 pandemic as he “sabotaged” early treatments.

    “Horse dewormers” and “snake oil salesmen.” Last year, those terms were used to describe several readily available and inexpensive drugs some took to treat COVID-19 and anyone who suggested their use.

    Despite extensive reporting by several media sources on studies that have shown cheap, generic drugs such as ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine have had significant success rates with COVID-19 patients, Johnson says Fauci and other medical professionals have worked diligently to deny coronavirus sufferers access to these treatments.

    In a Sunday tweet, the senator asked: “[D]id Dr. Fauci’s response to COVID-19 work? 788,000 lives lost, many because he ignored and sabotaged early treatment using cheap, available, generic drugs in favor of a vaccine that is not as safe or effective as we all hoped it would be.”

    Johnson noted that, rather than encourage the use of such readily available therapeutics, Fauci has been working diligently to ensure Americans offer their arms for what is still an ineffective and untested COVID-19 vaccine.

    On Dec. 1, World Aids Day, while speaking to Fox News host Brian Kilmeade on a podcast, Johnson said, “Fauci did the exact same thing with AIDS. He overhyped it. He created all kinds of fear, saying it could affect the entire population when it couldn’t. And he’s doing, he’s using the exact same playbook with COVID, ignoring therapy, pushing a vaccine.”

    In response to Johnson’s criticism, Fauci told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday that he has said he has no clue what the senator is talking about: “Overhyping COVID that’s already killed 780,000 Americans over 5 million people worldwide? So I don’t have any clue what he’s talking about.”

    The senator is not alone in his assessment, however. Dr. Robert Malone, who invented mRNA vaccines, has been critical of Fauci and maintains that preventing the use of HCQ and ivermectin-type treatments has resulted in the deaths of COVID-19 patients.

    Another supporter of the use of off-label drugs such as ivermectin to treat the coronavirus is Dr. Pierre Kory, an American critical care physician and president and co-founder of the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance.

    In Dec. 2020, the physician testified before a Homeland Security committee on early treatment for the virus. During his testimony, Kory noted that existing “data show that ivermectin is effectively a ‘miracle drug’ against COVID-19. The magnitude of the effect is similar to its Nobel prize-worthy historical impacts against parasitic disease across many parts of the globe.”

    QUITE INTERESTING WHAT TRAINED DOCTORS THINK —AS APPOSED TO THE RANTING OF MEDICAL ILLITERATES
    I HAVE NOW ALTERED ALL MY TEACHING POWERPOINTS TO STATE THAT STUDENTS MUST TRY VERY HARD TO KNOW WHO ARE THE EDITORS OF YOUR TEXT BOOKS IN BOTH BASIC SCIENCES THAT COMPOSE THE TENETS NEEDED FOR THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY.

    ONE WONDERS HOW MANY LIVES MIGHT HAVE BEEN SAVED IN BARBADOS IF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION IN BAMP AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAD FOLLOWED THE NORMAL PROCEEDURES THEY WERE TAUGHT AND JUST USED THE CHEAP, SAFE DRUGS THAT ARE KNOWN TO BE EFECTIVE IN TREATING CORONOVIRUSES, INSTEAD OF PANICKING, AND LISTENING TO MADNESS FROM WITHOUT OUR SHORES.

    WE HAVE FOLLOWED THE IMPORTED PROTOCOLS AND VACCINATED ………….BUT FOLK CONTINUE TO DIE.

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  • Amit UttamchandaniDecember 7, 2021 9:34 AM

    Dear BU Family et al,

    I’ve updated my vaccination delivery posts to include the recent donation by the Argentinian government (30,000). So far, we have received at least 461,200 vaccine doses.

    https://www.caribbeansignal.com/2021/12/07/461200-vaccines-delivered-to-barbados/

    Kind regards,
    Amit Uttamchandani
    http://www.caribbeansignal.com

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

    Were any dumped?

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  • African+Online+Publishing+Copyright+ⓒ+2021.+All+Rights+Reserved

    We know the vaccine only offers very temporary slow down of transmission which is totally inadequate. Don’t know why Southern Afrika was blamed for this at all when i was reading about this variant since last month before SA found it.

    https://www.msn.com/en-gb/health/medical/covid-lifeline-as-wonder-drug-from-uk-firm-crushes-all-37-mutations-of-omicron/ar-AARyNEI?ocid=msedgntp

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  • Cases in Barbados continue to fall.

    Must have just been a blip/

    Had me worried.

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  • At 8.7% test Positivity is now down to single digits for the first time since early September.

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  • @Lyall

    We have to maintain our discipline to ensure consistency.

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  • 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.

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  • John;
    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.

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  • It is being reported booster shots will assit against Omnicron.

    Protection against Omicron coronavirus variant improves with three vaccine doses, Pfizer says

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/08/health/pfizer-omicron-vaccine-data/index.html

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  • Doctor suspended for prescribing Ivermectin to patients suffering from COVID-19

    Article by
    Barbados Today
    Published on
    December 8, 2021

    SOURCE: CMC- A medical practitioner has been suspended for six months after she prescribed the drug Ivermectin to treat patients who had contracted the coronavirus (COVID-19).

    Dr. Gilbertha St. Rose confirmed her suspension by the Medical and Dental Council of St. Lucia and has told the St. Lucia Times newspaper that she will be holding a news conference later to discuss the issue.

    The on line publication said that the Council delivered its decision against Dr. St Rose for prescribing and supplying the drug Ivermectin to patients without authorisation from the Ministry of Health or the Chief Medical Officer and publicly encouraging its use to treat the virus.

    It said it had obtained a document indicating that on receipt of a written application from Dr. St Rose before the end of the six months, the Council would review the suspension of her registration and practicing certificate once she undertakes in writing to cease.

    “The document also prescribed paying an EC$10,000 (One Ec dollar=US$0.37 cents) fine to the Council within 30 days because Dr. St Rose conducted an unapproved and unmonitored clinical trial,” the St. Lucia Times newspaper reported.

    The Medical and Dental Council of St. Lucia has not issued any statement regarding the suspension, but had written to Dr St Rose, an Integrated Health Specialist, indicating that between February 8 and August 30 2021, she had committed acts of misconduct by performing her duties as a medical practitioner in a negligent and incompetent manner..

    Ivermectin is an anti-parasitic drug most commonly used to treat livestock. It is a US FDA-approved for humans when treating lice, rosacea, and specific parasitic diseases, but not for COVID-19.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) says the current evidence on the use of Ivermectin to treat COVID-19 patients is inconclusive.

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  • @JOHN

    Signs of Omicron found in California wastewater, suggesting variant is widespread

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/signs-omicron-found-california-wastewater-161350837.html

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  • If it is in the Wastewater it is in the drinking/bathing water.

    Simple fact of life.

    True of all variants!!

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  • … and any other impurity that might be floating around.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Hang on a minute, didn’t I not long ago see something about Japan and Ivermectin?

    Sho’ ’nuff.

    Even posted it here already!!

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  • One doctor suspended for the use of the drug and you assume it has widespread use.

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  • UK Omicron tests show three vaccine doses are key

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-59615005

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