COVID 19 UPDATES

The following comment inspired the blogmaster to expand the focus on data collection and discussion about the COVID 19 pandemic. Thanks to @Lyall@Amit

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David; re. your 4:41 am post;

You are correct but I have indeed considered that cohort of the population.

The reason that the US experts are beating the drum for testing, testing and more testing is to get a handle on what proportion of the general public has been compromised by the virus in any way and has left its signatures in body fluids including blood in the population. The virus is shed from the infected body as the disease is brought under control. When it is controlled it has been found that it takes around 7 days for all particles to be shed from the body. Infected persons are released back into the community when they test negative twice over a period of 2 days.

Barbados, like all of our island neighbours, did or does not have access to large numbers of tests and had to use what we had very sparingly. Thus, the only measure that we had for gauging the incidence of the virus in the population (and a very imperfect one, at that) might be by comparing the evidence of infection levels hinted at by a comparison of the graphs of the progress of the various Covid-19 outbreaks in our Islands.

Most of the world was in the same position as the Caribbean and used the data obtained by the minimal testing of infected people and their contacts and their contacts to produce the graphs we see on such sites as WHO and Worldometer etc. All these graphs give an imperfect picture and significant underestimation of infection levels in the county or country in which the tests are carried out, but, since they are carried out in the same way in each country they might provide some rationale for guesstimating the comparative levels of the infection in various groups of countries.

The data shows that, starting out at essentially the same levels, there was some divergence in relation to the rate of infection and therefore progress of the various outbreaks in various countries. The graphs for Barbados showed low and declining levels of infection from the beginning, peaking at the level of 13 positive cases per day and thereafter showing a slowly declining trend. The individuals who would have contributed to the declining trend would have been primarily from the contact testing but should also have included other individuals referred by Health professionals or who presented themselves to Government institutions because of concern that their symptoms might point to untimely death due to the dread Covid-19.

Amit, in an earlier post on this blog, reported on his initiative of graphing Covid-19 incidence over weekly periods throughout the epidemic, in several Caribbean Islands. If David thinks it is appropriate and Amit agrees I can post a subset of graphs clipped from his data for 6 Caribbean territories which I think could illustrate some of what I have presented above.


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There was 1 more positive case announced today as well as 1 death. A slight uptick of the daily cases line is indicated in the graph by the blue line. The total cumulative number of positive cases from the tests carried out yesterday is 76 – Llyall Small

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Attached is the updated C-19 graph for 2020-04-23. There were no additional positive cases from yesterday’s tests and therefore cumulative positive cases remain at 76 – Lyall Small

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Two new positive cases were identified from yesterday’s tests. There are now 5 cases of contacts with a previously identified individual. The 5 cases are workers from a Government Institution. Tests are ongoing today (25 April 2020)Lyall Small

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Updated graph for 26 April 2020. No new +ve cases were found. Cumulative count is still 79 – Lyall Small

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There was one additional +ve case identified today (27 April 2020) from the last tranche of NAB workers moving the cumulative total cases to 80. The graph is still essentially trending downwards – Lyallsmall

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Graphing Covid-19 incidence in several Caribbean Islands – Source data: caribbeansignal.com

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  • An 81-year-old Barbadian man returned a positive result for COVID-19 after his second test, among 379 completed on Friday.

    He arrived in Barbados on Sunday, October 4, on a British Airways flight, and went into quarantine as required for persons travelling from high risk countries. This brings the total confirmed cases to 206 and increases the number of persons in isolation to 16. The island’s recoveries remain at 183 and there were seven deaths.

    https://www.nationnews.com/2020/10/10/elderly-man-contracts-covid/

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  • Attached are the usual weekly graphs (up to 9th oct). Active cases in Jamaica, Trinidad and Guyana are now slowly trending downwards. Grenada remains steady at zero while Barbados is showing a slight uptick related to the Ellerslie cluster. The data does not support community spread – Lyall Small
    Follow BU COVID 19 Updates Page

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  • Considering the aggressive border policy of Barbados, we continue to satisfactorily manage the situation – comparatively speaking. Good to see the Jamaica, Guyana and T&T getting to the backside of the curve.

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  • Wise decision.

    “Canada now on high-risk list
    Barbados has placed Canada in the high-risk category in a new set of COVID-19 travel protocols which go into effect on October 16.”

    https://www.nationnews.com/2020/10/11/canada-now-high-risk-list/

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  • Another national coronavirus lockdown is a possibility and we have to do what we can to avoid that at all costs, a leading UK scientist has said.

    Prof Peter Horby said the UK was at a “precarious point” as Covid cases and hospital admissions continue to rise.

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  • October 6, 2020
    https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/
    144,347 patients admitted to hospital
    2,833 patients currently in hospital
    393 patients currently on ventilators
    42,445 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis

    October 11, 2020
    147,467 patients admitted to hospital
    3,837 patients currently in hospital
    641 patients admitted to hospitals every day
    442 patients currently on ventilators
    42,825 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis
    57,347 deaths with COVID19 on the death certificate

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  • Two men, both of whom arrived in Barbados last week, are the latest COVID-19-positive cases.

    They are a 64-year-old Barbadian who came in on Jet Blue on Saturday and a 53-year-old visitor who arrived from the United Kingdom on British Airways on October 7. He tested positive after a second test yesterday.

    https://www.nationnews.com/2020/10/11/two-men-test-positive-covid/

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  • Is there another COVID surge in China?

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  • October 6, 2020
    https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/
    144,347 patients admitted to hospital
    2,833 patients currently in hospital
    393 patients currently on ventilators
    42,445 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis

    October 11, 2020
    147,467 patients admitted to hospital
    3,837 patients currently in hospital
    641 patients admitted to hospitals every day
    442 patients currently on ventilators
    42,825 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis
    57,347 deaths with COVID19 on the death certificate

    October 12, 2020
    148,118 patients admitted to hospital
    3,837 patients currently in hospital
    651 patients admitted to hospitals every day
    442 patients currently on ventilators
    42,875 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis
    57,347 deaths with COVID19 on the death certificate

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  • @Simple Simon

    The trending does not look good. We should loan the UK our CMO.

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  • Glyne Clark may want to wait before moving to Ottawa.

    “COVID-19: 746 new cases in Ontario, 116 in Ottawa”

    https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/covid-19-746-new-cases-in-ontario-116-in-ottawa

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  • The Ministry of Health and Wellness said today that two visitors who arrived from the United Kingdom last week were positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) after being retested.
    https://www.nationnews.com/2020/10/13/two-new-virus-cases-one-recovery-202010132121087999/

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  • October 6, 2020
    https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/
    144,347 patients admitted to hospital
    2,833 patients currently in hospital
    393 patients currently on ventilators
    42,445 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis

    October 11, 2020
    147,467 patients admitted to hospital
    3,837 patients currently in hospital
    641 patients admitted to hospitals every day
    442 patients currently on ventilators
    42,825 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis
    57,347 deaths with COVID19 on the death certificate

    October 12, 2020
    148,118 patients admitted to hospital
    3,837 patients currently in hospital
    651 patients admitted to hospitals every day
    442 patients currently on ventilators
    42,875 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis
    57,347 deaths with COVID19 on the death certificate

    October 14, 2020
    149,548 patients admitted to hospital
    4,650 patients currently in hospital
    680 patients admitted to hospitals every day
    516 patients currently on ventilators
    43,155 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis
    57,690 deaths with COVID19 on the death certificate

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  • The new cases are a 34-year-old male visitor who arrived on Trans Guyana on September 30; a 32-year-old female who has been identified as a contact of the male visitor and who also arrived on September 30 on Trans Guyana; and a 37-year-old male visitor who came in on British Airways on October 3.

    https://www.nationnews.com/2020/10/15/three-new-virus-cases-202010160022119699/

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  • 24,780 Covid19 cases per million population in the United States
    672 Covid19 deaths per million population in the United States

    758 Covid19 DEATHS per million population in the United States
    24 Covid19 DEATHS per million population in Barbados

    So a person in the USA is 32 times MORE LIKELY to have caught COVID19 as a person in Barbados
    And a person in the USA is 28 times MORE LIKELY to have DIED of COVID19 as a person in Barbados

    Source: worldometers.info

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  • October 6, 2020
    https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/
    144,347 patients admitted to hospital
    2,833 patients currently in hospital
    393 patients currently on ventilators
    42,445 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis

    October 14, 2020
    149,548 patients admitted to hospital
    4,650 patients currently in hospital
    680 patients admitted to hospitals every day
    516 patients currently on ventilators
    43,155 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis
    57,690 deaths with COVID19 on the death certificate

    October 16, 2020
    150,378 patients admitted to hospital
    4941 patients currently in hospital
    792 patients admitted to hospitals every day
    580 patients currently on ventilators
    43,293 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis
    57,690 deaths with COVID19 on the death certificate

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  • Looks like the second wave is gathering momentum, where is the Czar!

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  • Those are British numbers

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  • The second wave started in the countries of the great white north about a month ago.

    Will likely be a second wave in those countries within 15 degrees of the equator as well, but as happened last winter [roughly December 2019 to the end of March 2020] the second wave will likely be more intense in the north than in equatorial regions, principally because in cold weather people in the north are forced indoors in homes, schools and on public transportation, and it is hard to avoid breathing on others in those circumstances.

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  • We pray that Operation Warp Speed does not develop a speed wobble.

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  • Ontario reported nine new deaths Friday
    261 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, 67 are in ICU and 36 of them are on ventilators

    https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/covid-19-ontario-reports-712-new-cases-108-in-ottawa

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  • https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/how-level-is-determined.html
    How CDC Determines the Risk Level for COVID-19 Travel Health Notices
    Criteria Used to Determine COVID-19 Travel Health Notice Risk Levels

    CDC bases COVID-19 risk levels for foreign countries and US Territories on two sets of data (primary and secondary criteria)

    Virus transmission rates at the destination (primary criteria)
    AND
    Healthcare capacity and public health infrastructure at the destination (secondary criteria)
    

    Primary Criteria: Virus Transmission Rates

    CDC uses World Health Organization COVID-19 surveillance data external to measure virus transmission rates; we monitor this information every day. Population size determines the specific criteria CDC uses.

    For foreign countries and US Territories with 300,000 people or less, CDC reviews two primary criteria

    New COVID-19 case counts, and
    New case trajectory
    

    Primary Criteria for COVID-19 Travel Health Notice Levels*
    Destinations with 300,000 People or Less LEVEL 3 HIGH RISK LEVEL 2 MODERATE RISK LEVEL 1 LOW RISK
    Number of new cases More than 10 7-10 3-6
    New Case Trajectory Accelerating or growing Decelerating, slowing, OR stable

    *CDC reviews all primary criteria daily; see below for how a destination moves from one THN level to another.

    Secondary Criteria: Healthcare Capacity and Public Health Infrastructure

    CDC uses secondary criteria to measure the impact of COVID-19 on essential health services (healthcare and public health). Secondary criteria are mostly qualitative data that come from official sources, such as ministry of health websites. We review the same secondary criteria for destinations with more than 300,000 people as for those with 300,000 people or less.

    Examples of secondary criteria

    Healthcare capacity, such as available hospital beds and ventilators
    Public health infrastructure, such as testing and contact tracing capacity
    Any documented exported cases (an exported COVID-19 case is defined as a traveler who leaves one foreign country or US Territory and enters another)
    

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  • Ellerslie School given all-clear

    It’s back to school for students of The Ellerslie School tomorrow.
    The good news came yesterday following a walkthrough of the school’s compound at Black Rock, St Michael, by officials from the Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training.
    They were accompanied by the Crisis Communication Committee, comprising members of the school’s board of management, the school’s administration, its health and safety committee and the Parent Teachers Association (PTA).
    Also represented on the tour were members of the Barbados Union of Teachers and the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union.
    Acting Chief Education Officer, Joy Adamson, speaking prior to the walkthrough, informed the representatives that on October 16, the Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training received a letter from the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Kenneth George, indicating that the contact tracing at The Ellerslie School was completed.
    She noted there were no further COVID-19 cases found; there was both primary and secondary contact tracing and the Ministry of Health and Wellness was satisfied to report that the primary contact tracing was 100 per cent complete.
    “To this end, the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Kenneth George, recommended that the school was now safe to be reopened for both students and teachers on Monday, October 19,” Adamson said.
    Representatives also heard that there was a “thorough and deep cleaning” in all areas, including its administrative block, classrooms, specialist areas and the pavilion.
    “The cleaning was completed today (yesterday), and the school will be totally ventilated tomorrow (today), so that when students return on Monday (tomorrow), everything will be in order,” the Acting Chief Education Officer said, as she acknowledged their satisfaction and support for the reopening.
    Adamson, however, addressed a major concern which was evoked by the group and took the opportunity to issue an appeal.
    “One of the things that we would want to tell the public of Barbados is that the contact tracing found no further cases and therefore on October 19 we want them to embrace the students of The Ellerslie School.
    “The students, teachers and their relatives would have had a traumatic time over the last two weeks. Their return to school should not be made difficult,” she stressed.
    It was also noted that the Ministry provided counselling for students, teachers and all other staff during the last two weeks.
    “We therefore think it important that school should go back to normal. This episode here at The Ellerslie School is a wakeup call for all of us in Education and throughout Barbados; we must continue to wear our masks; we must continue to practise physical distancing; and we must continue to sanitise.
    “The Ministry of Education is very pleased with the outcome here because it proves that our protocols have worked at this school, and if all schools also adhere to the protocols, hopefully we will be able to keep this scourge of COVID-19 at bay within our schools and throughout Barbados,” the Acting Chief Education Officer concluded.
    (BA/PR)

    Source: Nation

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  • Where sis the Czar? Have we got an epidemiological model on which to work?

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  • We are waiting on Boris.

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  • Boris has a model? Wuh she name?

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  • I nominate Dr. George for the Czar post. I love how he dresses, with his open shirt and gold chain. This is more important to me than doing a great job at managing the pandemic and saving lives.

    Dr. George for new czar!

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  • An important LINK to support concerns about air travel in a COVID 19 environment.
    and another LINK.

    This is the original article to which the link explains.

    Cough modeling research finds low exposure risk to COVID-19 inside airplane
    U.S. Department of Defense findings show the cabin environment quickly removes particles in the air.
    BNN
    Friday, October 16, 2020

    Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers are taking a closer look at something passengers can’t see onboard an airplane — the air they breathe.

    New findings just released show airborne particles spread less within commercial airplanes than in conventional indoor places — such as homes, offices or businesses. The research led by the U.S. Transportation Command found the cabin environment limits particle movement and quickly removes them from the air.

    Working closely with Boeing, United Airlines, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, USTRANSCOM conducted the testing inside the cabin of a Boeing 767-300 and a Boeing 777-200.

    “Within the scope of the test, the results showed an overall low exposure risk from aerosolized pathogens like COVID-19 on these aircraft,” said Vice Adm. Dee Mewbourne, deputy commander of USTRANSCOM.

    https://advocate.socialchorus.com/boeing/BNN/articles/cough-modeling-research-finds-low-exposure-risk-to-covid-inside-airplane-1

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  • Critical Analyzer

    Fear is the virus we must fight. Time to get informed, stop being stupid and spreading the fear.

    https://www.americasfrontlinedoctors.com/

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  • This daily influx of visitors should be a good test to see if Barbados is managing “Covid ”

    “Barbados welcomed the inaugural British Airways flight from London Heathrow to Barbados on October 17, 2020, as it resumed its year-round direct daily service to the island, after a hiatus of more than 15 years”

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/10/18/british-airways-resumes-london-heathrow-to-barbados/

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  • Dr. Stella Immanuel is one of America’s Frontline Doctors.

    Somehow when Trump got covid, neither Emmanuel nor hydroxychloriquine were part of his treatment.

    i wonder why?

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  • 219,668 dead Americans, including my cousin, who was younger than me.

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  • Critical Analyzer

    @Cuhdear Bajan
    You can keep wondering why because you prefer to believe the changing lies from non practicing experts rather than open your eyes and read the mounting evidence that political agendas, media lies and the greed of the pharmaceutical industry led to the death of your cousin and probably will kill other family members as well unless you wise up.

    Early and Preventative Treatment is out there for those not afraid to look and here is one such good place you can start. https://www.americasfrontlinedoctors.com/hcq-protocols/

    Winter is coming.

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  • @Critical Analyzer October 18, 2020 10:24 PM “open your eyes and read the mounting evidence that political agendas, media lies and the greed of the pharmaceutical industry led to the death of your cousin.”

    Nope.

    My cousin died from Covid19.

    He did not die from “political agendas, media lies, nor from the greed of the pharmaceutical industry.”

    He died from COVID19

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  • @Critical Analyzer October 18, 2020 10:24 PM “Winter is coming.”

    Really?

    I’ve lived here for more than 50 years and the temperature has never dropped below 16 C

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  • A critical point that should not be forgotten is the number of people who will get sick and have to enter the medical system. If COVID 19 is not held in check it will compromise healthcare delivery for others.

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  • On October 18 at 9:01 PM “219,668 dead Americans, including my cousin, who was younger than me.”

    On October 22 at 8:32 PM “222,965 dead Americans”

    In this 4 day period more Americans died of COVID19 than died on 9/11

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  • https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/

    October 6, 2020
    144,347 patients admitted to hospital
    2,833 patients currently in hospital
    393 patients currently on ventilators
    42,445 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis

    October 22, 2020
    157,242 patients admitted to hospital
    7,433 patients currently in hospital
    1,058 patients admitted to hospitals every day
    711 patients currently on ventilators
    44,347 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis
    58,164 deaths with COVID19 on the death certificate

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  • “Two visitors tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Wednesday after their mandatory second tests. They were the only positive cases among the 392 tests conducted by the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory.

    They are a 24-year-old female, who arrived on American Airlines on October 18, and a 48-year-old male, who came in on British Airways on October 20.”

    https://www.nationnews.com/2020/10/23/two-visitors-test-positive-virus/

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  • The Ministry of Health and Wellness said today that a 32-year-old male visitor, who arrived on British Airways on October 9, has tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) after a second test.

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  • According to the New York Times “U.S. hits highest daily number of cases since pandemic began
    Friday’s tally is the first time the United States has seen more than 80,000 cases reported in one day, and surpasses the previous record set during a summer surge of cases across the Sun Belt. It comes as many states are seeing rising hospitalizations.”

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  • Two female visitors and a Barbadian man are the latest people to test positive for COVID-19 in Barbados. They were all diagnosed after being tested a second time.

    They are an 18-year-old female, who arrived on British Airways on October 22; a 25-year-old female, who came in on Jet Blue on October 20; and a 20-year-old male, who arrived on Air Canada on October 18.

    https://www.nationnews.com/2020/10/25/three-new-covid-cases-take-total-230/

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  • Ontario’s daily COVID-19 cases top 1,000 for 1st time, day after reaching previous high

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/covid-19-coronavirus-ontario-october-25-numbers-report-1.5776198

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  • How many weeks have we gone without a Czar? What is our epidemiological model? Also, there are about 168 candidate vaccines in development. Has the government of Barbados placed any orders with any, or are we waiting on the Chinese or Russian developments?

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  • A female, who arrived on British Airways on October 22, tested positive for the viral illness after her second test on Friday.

    Two males, 38 and 21, arrived on American Airlines on October 15, and were retested on October 16. Their cases were under investigation until Friday when they were confirmed with the viral illness.

    https://www.nationnews.com/2020/10/26/three-visitors-test-positive-covid/

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  • The government has extended the emergency law to cover off Covid for five more months.

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  • Critical Analyzer

    We don’t need another czar nor vaccine to get rid of COVID. We need proper journalists to investigate and expose the facts and lies.

    https://covexit.com/dr-brian-tysons-first-person-account-of-covid-19/

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  • The government has extended the emergency law to cover off Covid for six more months.

    Still a ‘clear and present danger’
    BARBADOS HAS EXTENDED the COVID-19 public health emergency for another six months.
    A resolution tabled in the House of Assembly by Attorney General Dale Marshall yesterday, and unanimously passed, extended it until March 27, 2021.
    It was supported by Minister of Health and Wellness Jeffrey Bostic who has been leading the charge against the pandemic. He warned Barbados was still in a public health emergency called COVID-19 which “still remains a clear and very present danger”.
    Bostic also revealed that the island was part of a consortium of countries that have made down payments on COVID-19 vaccines in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organisation for when they become available.
    He insisted that the extension was an essential tool for all the COVID-19 control measures already in place.
    However, Leader of the Opposition Bishop Joseph Atherley questioned the length of the extension.
    “I would have wished the Attorney General would have suggested to us in a stronger fashion why six months, because though the legislation allows you to extend for six months, (it) does not say you have to go for six months . . . . Why are we going as far as six months down the road?” he asked.
    Atherley also accused “those who speak with authority from the Government side on these issues” of sending mixed signals.
    “When you tell me you have to extend this state of emergency for six months, the world is being visited by a second wave and we are still faced with a threat. We are allowing flights to come from these second wave places of origin and every day bring new cases to Barbados” he said.
    He added that while “Parliament would like to meet virtually, I have been seeing images of last weekend . . . . The embodiment of those voices in here were principals hugging and feting and celebrating without any thought for physical distancing.
    “You can’t stand and tell Barbados we have to keep our guard up, we must extend the state of emergency or six months . . . . You can’t stand and tell Barbados you are getting complacent because you are feting again, and your social events represent situations where your physical distancing is not being observed by those who are our political leaders and the physical voices of Government hug (and are) congregating.”
    Marshall had pointed out that under the provisions of the Emergency Management Act, a state of emergency could only be declared by the Governor General for 30 days, and in order for it to continue thereafter, “it must be by way of resolution of Parliament”. One such six-month extension by Parliament had just ended, he added.
    The Attorney General expressed concern that Barbadians had in some ways “gone back to their ways of life”, as he observed that “the feting has started back, the social events have started back . . . . Places that were closed during the early days of COVID-19 have reopened to business”.
    Also, as Barbados prepared for a winter tourist season that would bring visitors from source markets rated in the COVID-19 high-risk category, it was important to maintain the protocols to protect the country, he said.
    “We are not going to surrender to the pandemic. We have to fight tooth and nail every step of the way to make sure that we are not overcome,” the Attorney General added.
    Bostic informed the House that since the resumption of commercial flights from July 12 and up to October 25, the major source of positive visitors were the United States with 35, the United Kingdom with 42 and 17 from CARICOM.
    He, however, said some quarantine facilities had not yet been used, with the main 220-bed
    Harrison Point facility currently having “no more than ten or 15 people”. Also, only five of the close to 100 ventilators purchased by Government had been utilised.
    He noted that the contingent of Cuban nurses had not been deployed to Harrison Point “because the anticipated need had not arisen”. However, he reported that some of them were being used at Grantley Adams International Airport and other facilities “to enhance our testing capacity”.

    Source: Nation

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  • https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/

    October 6, 2020
    144,347 patients admitted to hospital
    2,833 patients currently in hospital
    393 patients currently on ventilators
    42,445 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis

    October 28, 2020
    159,551 patients admitted to hospital
    9,199 patients currently in hospital
    1,152 patients admitted to hospitals every day
    852 patients currently on ventilators
    45,365 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis
    58,925 deaths with COVID19 on the death certificate

    In about 3 weeks, there are more than twice as many people in the U.K. on ventilators.
    In about three weeks,there are more than three times as many people in U.K. hospitals.
    Sadly Covid19 is not over yet, in fact it appears to be significantly worse than in the “spring”

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  • Do we need another part-time economic consultant at this point or a new CoVid Czar? Is that money well spent? Has the government pre-ordered any vaccines?

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  • Vaccines pre-ordered and paid for.

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  • No. We need non-critical analysers to plug their buttholes. Your shit is hazardous to our health. Take a flight to Wisconsin and stay there! Please! The last thing we need is for your crap to infect Barbados. Go join your stupid kind in COVID Country!

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  • 234,598 Americans have already died of COVID19

    This number is greater that the entire populations of many, many small countries, such as:

    Sao Tome & Principe
    Western Samoa
    St. Lucia
    Kiribati
    Micronesia
    Grenada
    Tonga
    St. Vincent & the Grenadines
    Seychelles
    Antigua & Barbuda
    Andorra
    Dominica
    Marshall Islands
    St. Kitts & Nevis
    Monaco
    Liechtenstein
    San Marino
    Palau
    Tuvalu
    Nauru
    Vatican City

    These deaths should not have happened in a country rich in clean running water, soap, fabric for masks, money, scientific brain power etc. etc.

    The American people have been betrayed, not by foreigners, but by their own people.

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  • Boris locking down next week.

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  • Barbados praised for pandemic safety
    Barbados has been given a vote of confidence as a safe travel destination in light of the COVID-19 pandemic by a Europe-based tourism executive.
    Managing director of Sandals Europe Dominik Riber said yesterday Barbados had done a good job keeping the island safe and encouraged the island to “keep the protocols up, the concepts, everything you are doing because you are doing something right”.
    Riber is leading a 90-strong group of travel agents, tour operators, travel writers, airline industry personnel and other partners in the German travel industry on a two-day familiarisation trip organised by Sandals in collaboration with Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc’s Germany office whose director Anita Nightingale is also on the trip.
    Yesterday, she was forced to address the group virtually from her Sandals Royal hotel room where she is quarantined awaiting results of the second COVID-19 test due today, since she boarded the flight from a high risk country, Belgium. The group arrived Thursday on the first Lufthansa flight of the season.
    Nightengale announced Germany would be placed on Barbados’ High Risk list on Tuesday. Outlining the protocols which she was mandated to follow, Nightengale told the visitors: “I want you to observe my experience because this will be the same experience your clients will go through when they visit Barbados.”
    After participating in a comprehensive presentation in the Sandals ballroom along with other partners who addressed the group virtually from Germany, Riber told the media the resort felt it was essential to organise the trip.
    “The message to the industry is we need these initiatives. Our customers don’t know what to do anymore. There are so many changing messages on an hourly basis, (that) sensitising them to the new ways of travel, the hygiene requirements, the protocols, is absolutely essential – that they can be as safe as possible .”
    Owner of P and M Reisen Travel Agency in Cologne Nicole Kueck told the media Germans were ready to travel but were afraid to venture out to visit other countries because of the pandemic. (GC)

    Source: Nation

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  • It is simply amazing representatives of travel agents, tour operators, travel writers, airline industry personnel and other partners would believe that Barbados has “done a good job keeping the island safe” and would encouraged the island to “keep the protocols up, the concepts, everything you are doing because you are doing something right”.

    However, this appreciation of the good work of the GOB on COVID-19 also extends to some members of the BU family. On this matter we would urge the government to stick to the protocols and policies that are working and to ignore the one or two BU regulars urging Barbados to change it protocols.

    My opinion (if it matters) may diverge from the government on some issues, but on this matter I march lock in step with the GOB. I continue to wish the island success in the management of the COVID-19. Don’t take anything for granted, don’t become cocky and over-confident and above all else, don’t buy in to the trick. schemes and bad advice of others; stick with the winning team.

    Have a great day, Barbados.

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  • These Bajans good. The truth will out eventually, but they did an excellent job of neutralizing Tony Clemmey.

    Scoring may have to be adjusted when the final story is told
    Hotel 2 Tony Clemmey 1

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  • Coronavirus: Canada reports 26 more deaths, over 2,500 new COVID-19 cases

    https://globalnews.ca/news/7435103/coronavirus-canada-update-oct-31/

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  • Balancing protocols and tourism arrivals

    In normal pre-COVID-19 times we would be preparing full steam for the start of the tourism season in another six weeks. This year the situation is vastly different.
    We are now concerned with reviving the industry and strategising on how to jumpstart our economy in which tourism is the major player, which provides thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in foreign currencies.
    The challenge is how to do things differently this year. We have to be innovative in order to persuade potential visitors from our source markets which are now “high-risk” again, and yet we must keep our island open and healthy.
    In this regard, we note that the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) Europe office, in conjunction with Sandals Hotel, has quickly hit the ground running by inviting 90 travel agents from Germany, Switzerland and Austria to this island for the past three days. This is an important initiative, given the confusion which has enveloped the global travel industry.
    Events of this kind are very important just now. The protocols are needed, and testing is vital; but more than testing and quarantining has to be done to restart the industry. In this respect, we commend the BTMI and Sandals marketing team for using their joint marketing muscle to bring travel agents from across Europe to see and taste our island at this time.
    Seeing and observing is believing; and these travel agents may now become frontline supporters of the “safe and healthy” destination that our country is, even in the midst of the pandemic.
    There are significant spikes in the numbers of new cases being reported almost on a daily basis in the US and across major European countries. We would normally draw our sun-seeking tourists at this time of year from these destinations.
    The situation is a classic. We need the visitors, but we do not wish to import COVID-19 cases, and the chances are that among the visitors there will be some travellers who will be COVID-19 carriers. A blanket shutdown of our ports of entry would
    almost certainly exclude importation of the virus and leave us perhaps almost COVID-19-free, but our economy cannot take that body blow. The solution has to be a plan which opens our borders, but with strict entry protocols.
    This approach has run into challenges as one host country has described our country as “high-risk” based on statistics. That classification is factually wrong, and it can be damaging for our industry. It has to be countered. Bad news travels fast.
    It makes sense that our visitor protocols remain in place. There can be no question of easing them. Not at this time. They should remain in force until the moment when it is clear that a vaccine is created to deal with the virus. And spending money to test and quarantine infected visitors is a price we have to pay to keep the ports open and to ensure that our tourism industry, with the benefits we enjoy as a nation, is geared to aggressively jump back when the time comes.
    Initiatives of the BTMI Sandals kind are the right way to go. COVID-19 has upset the global travel market. Confusion abounds about destinations. Proving we are a “healthy” low-risk destination open for business is a national priority.

    Source: Nation

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  • Congratulations to the medical staff, well done. Let us continue to do a good job.

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  • Bostic: Don’t let up in NCD fight
    WITH MUCH OF the country focused on mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic, Minister of Health and Wellness Jeffrey Bostic is urging Barbadians not to slack off in the fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
    Bostic, who was the featured speaker yesterday at a church service at St Matthias Anglican Church in Hastings, Christ Church, in honour of the work of the National Task Force on Wellness, said NCDs remained the No. 1 killer of Barbadians.
    “We are in the middle of a pandemic called COVID-19 and yes, the energies and the resources of the Ministry of Health and Wellness have been diverted to fight this pandemic. However, I want to say that long before there was a pandemic called COVID-19, you had the burden of non-communicable diseases. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, we had NCDs and long after the pandemic we will have the NCD burden,” said Bostic.
    He added that this component still required the largest portion of Government expenditure in the health sector.
    According to one report put out by the Pan American Health Organisation in 2015, NCDs accounted for 84 per cent of deaths suffered by Barbadians. The probability of dying prematurely (between 30 and 70 years) from the four main causes of NCDs was 14 per cent in Barbados, according to the report. More than half of the victims are among those under 70.
    Bostic likened the COVID-19 pandemic to a battle that occurred within a never-ending war against NCDs. He also pointed out that even within the context of COVID-19, people suffering with NCDs were among the most vulnerable.
    “So this morning, as much as we are saluting and celebrating the work of the task force, this also represents a redoubling of our efforts to tackle NCDs in this country. Even though COVID-19 is a battle, and a battle of epic proportions, the real war will continue to be against NCDs because it is these heart-related issues, cancer, hypertension and all of the others that still remain the leading cause of death in this country.
    “This still remains the sector within the health service that still requires the greatest level of funding. Therefore, this is an issue that we must continue to tackle head-on. Even within the pandemic,
    the persons who are most vulnerable have one or more of these non-communicable diseases,” Bostic told his audience, which included Governor General Dame Sandra Mason. ( CLM)

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  • 238,641 Americans didn’t get to vote, because they are dead of covid.

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  • October 6, 2020
    144,347 patients admitted to hospital
    2,833 patients currently in hospital
    393 patients currently on ventilators
    42,445 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis

    October 28, 2020
    159,551 patients admitted to hospital
    9,199 patients currently in hospital
    1,152 patients admitted to hospitals every day
    852 patients currently on ventilators
    45,365 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis
    58,925 deaths with COVID19 on the death certificate

    November 3, 2020
    172,127 patients admitted to hospital
    11, 458 patients currently in hospital
    1540 patients admitted to hospitals every day
    1075 patients currently on ventilators
    47,250 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis
    60,051 deaths with COVID19 on the death certificate

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  • W£e are told that QEH has reached capacity and officials, typically, have blamed so-called bed blocking. I am yet to see a proper explanation for this unseasonal increase in bed occupancy; what are the medical causes, if any for the increase; how this compares with previous years; and, how authorities propose to deal with the problem.

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    @Hal Austin November 5, 2020 5:00 AM
    Stop wasting your time. You will only give yourself high blood pressure and find yourself in one of the beds. We put doctors and lawyers on pedestals they do not deserve and we will continue to pay the price is lives and wasted millions of dollars until we stand up and say no more and treat them like the rest of us.

    As long are doctors are left in charge to do as they please things will not change. We are too content to put our decision making powers in the hands of these legal drug pushers that have never demonstrated any ability to improve the NCD statistics year on year.

    NCDs are not hereditary nor based on Genetics but lifestyle diseases that require lifestyle changes and not a bundle of drugs you take in increasing numbers as you get older in life.

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  • @Critical

    Years ago I told a senor member of this government that the state should invest in gyms and other leisure facilities and was told Ms Ram already owned a ten-pin bowling facility.
    But government should consider investing in three or four gyms – St Peter, St Philip and two in St Michael – which, in the medium and long term, will prove more beneficial to the nation.
    We also need to appoint a nutritional officer (not a doctor. In the UK doctors’ training over five years includes only eight hours of nutrition), but someone to advise the nation on its nutritional health; we also need to source our food and ban unhealthy produce, such as vegetables and fruits that have too my pesticides; hormone-injected beef and chlorinated chicken.
    It is in the interest of Big Pharma to put us on medicines for the rest of our lives and, quit e often, they bribe doctors to prescribe these medicines. Doctors apply science, they are not research scientists. They do not know as much as they claim.

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  • The new positive is a 69-year-old female visitor who arrived on British Airways on November 3. She was positive after a second test.

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  • Trinidad, Barbados and Grenada appear to be doing excellently in controlling spread of the virus- Lyall Small

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  • Good news maybe.

    “Pfizer says an early peek at its vaccine data suggests the shots may be 90 per cent effective at preventing COVID-19, indicating the company is on track later this month to file an emergency use application with U.S. regulators. The vaccine is among seven that Canada has pre-ordered.”

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/pfizer-says-early-data-indicates-covid-19-vaccine-is-effective-1.5794899

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  • Ontario reports new single-day record of almost 1,400 new coronavirus cases

    https://globalnews.ca/news/7453487/ontario-coronavirus-cases-november-10-covid19/

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  • Where is the Barbados CoVid Czar? What is our epidemiological model? Have we pre-ordered any vaccines from Pfiger or any of the leading candidate vaccine developers?

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  • 6 active cases and no reported community spread.

    #steuspe

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  • @Artax

    Listened to the minister a couple days ago. Public Health safety should be the sole concern of the sovereign you think? The courts in the US have ruled in similar cases- although different law- opens the door for the court to intervene. We live in interesting times.

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  • Vaccine plan

    Bostic: Health system preparing for mass distribution
    by COLVILLE MOUNSEY WITH THE RECENT announcement of a breakthrough in the global search for a COVID-19 vaccine by the United States pharmaceutical company Pfizer, Minister of Health and Wellness Jefferey Bostic says Barbados has started ensuring that its health system is equipped to handle and administer any eventual vaccine.
    On Monday, Pfizer and its German partner, BioNTech SE, said early analysis showed the COVID-19 vaccine is about 90 per cent effective.
    Pfizer’s Phase 3 clinical trial began in late July and has enrolled more than 43 000 participants. Some received the vaccine, while others received a placebo. Vaccine trials rely on a certain number of infections to occur. If more infections are reported among participants who received the placebo than the vaccine, it’s a signal of efficacy.
    In an interview with the MIDWEEK NATION, Bostic said Government has already started exploring solutions to possible logistical hurdles in anticipation that the vaccine will soon be ready for mass distribution, as some scientific experts are predicting. For example, the minister explained that initial reports said the vaccine must be stored at a temperature of -70C (-94F), which is much lower than what the average home freezer can reach.
    “The COVID-19 vaccine will require special refrigeration and we are considering that at the moment to ensure that is in place before whatever vaccine comes online. We have started exploring options from abroad, I understand that there are other trials that will release results soon that may not require such low temperatures, but we are certainly keeping all of our options open at this time.”
    No need to fear
    The minister pointed out that unlike the situation which occurred earlier with larger countries hoarding ventilators, Barbadians need not fear being left behind with regards to the vaccine.
    “We are quite advanced in ensuring that we are part of the process. We are part of the process with the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the
    World Health Organisation, which has created a facility to ensure that small island states like ours have a chance to be able to obtain vaccines whenever they are available. We have commenced that process by signing off on it and then making a down payment of about $2 million,” said Bostic “At the moment, the facility is allowing us to have about 20 per cent of the population vaccinated. We have also paid down for an additional 20 per cent in the event that we can get that additional amount quickly. So we are fairly advanced, and we are continuing with the process of working out who would be the first persons to receive the vaccine and this would be done based on persons’ exposure,” he added.
    However, the minister cautioned that even though there appeared to be light at the end of the tunnel, now was not the time for Barbadians to be letting their guard down.
    “The news on the vaccine is exciting news but I do not want us to get carried away. Even in the United States, they are saying that the chances of a large number of persons getting this vaccine before the end of the year is not going to be possible. There are still some ways to go with this thing. Truth be told, we are really excited by it and we would obviously be following it closely. In the meantime, we must continue to follow the protocols that are protecting us right now, but we are hoping for the best where the vaccine is concerned.”

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  • Would have been interesting if BT’s article gave Antigua’s response and the state of Covid-19 there.

    Are we behaving in the same way as the US when they placed us on their list of high risk countries?

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  • The number of new COVID-19 infections in the province surpassed 1,400 today, setting yet another single-day record in Ontario.

    Provincial health officials are reporting 1,426 new COVID-19 cases today, up from the 1,388 confirmed on Tuesday and the 987 recorded one week ago.

    https://www.cp24.com/news/number-of-new-covid-19-infections-in-ontario-surpasses-1-400-today-1.5184130

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  • The ship left Barbados on Saturday
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    SeaDream Yacht Club is heading back to Barbados after a passenger tested positive for COVID-19.
    The ship, SeaDream I, was on its first Caribbean cruise since the pandemic caused sailing to cease in March. The line had already had a successful transatlantic sailing, picking up passengers from Oslo, Rotterdam, the U.K., and Madeira, Portugal.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2020/11/11/seadream-yacht-club-ends-first-caribbean-cruise-after-positive-test/6253380002/

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  • Ontario reports record 1,575 new COVID-19 cases
    https://torontosun.com/news/provincial/ontario-reports-record-1575-new-covid-19-cases

    “VOYAGES FROM BARBADOS
    The line was confident in its safety precautions when it announced its winter voyages from Barbados, which started on Nov. 7. The Caribbean sailings followed a successful summer season for SeaDream in Norway, which the line said “resulted in zero positive cases during the entire Norwegian summer season.”

    https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/covid-19-scare-unfolds-aboard-first-caribbean-cruise-since-the-pandemic-began-1.5185531

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  • Saliva test for virus on cards
    Barbados may soon have an alternative way to test for COVID-19 than conducting a PCR (polymerase chain reaction).
    Yesterday, Professor David Rosin, who works closely with the Barbados Cancer Society, told the Weekend Nation that one of the leading laboratories in the United States – WREN Laboratories – was willing to partner with the Cancer Society to have people tested for COVID-19 using a new, more accurate and easier test.
    “WREN Laboratories contacted me yesterday (Wednesday) and informed me that they developed the first saliva test for COVID-19 in America,” he said. “So all you have to do is spit into a tube, send the tube to their lab and you get your results within 24 hours.”
    Rosin said the WREN saliva test produced results that were reliable and 99 per cent accurate. He added it was far simpler to use since it only required a collection of two millilitres of saliva, which could be done without the assistance of a medical practitioner.
    He said the PCR test involved taking a nasal cavity sample using a long swab inside the nose or the back of the throat. This procedure, he said, was invasive and could be uncomfortable.
    He said the WREN saliva test had a shelf life of one year and could be used when needed without a short expiration date.
    Rosin said he was writing to the Ministry of Health to see if the Cancer Society could get permission to administer the test.
    The WREN saliva test would cost the same as the PCR test, which is $300 privately. (SB)

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