OPINION: Time for government creativity

 
380Views 6Comments Posted 15/09/2020

Panama began to recover its rhythm of life yesterday, after seven very long months of confinement at home, a time in which our daily lives changed significantly. The normality that we lived before is no longer the same, but what still does not change is that the virus is still present, so it is not advisable to relax the hygiene and health measures that we have been practicing.

The ground that we have gained so far in this fight may be lost if we do not continue to be careful to prevent contagion. And given what we have experienced, it would be a shame to have to return to confinement due to carelessness that, at this point, are unforgivable. It will be up to each of the Panamanians to maintain this openness and preserve the land gained. We all know what to do before this, our new reality.

 And now we hope that, while we citizens comply with the circumstances, the Government also does its thing to reactivate the economy. Normality will depend on how creative you are, how much money you inject into private companies, especially small and medium-sized companies, which are the hardest hit. This has been a huge setback, but now is the time to get up and move on. - LA PRENSA,Sep.15



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MHogan

Captain, and whose fault is it that Panama does not have an advanced healthcare system? We have 2 hospital facilities built and/or under construction that are mired in bureaucracy not able to be used. Foreign doctors are precluded and we, at the same time, lack sufficient pulmonologists to handle a respiratory epidemic; defective equipment (respirators) was received; PPE’s insufficient. I also take note you did not comment on new treatment options to stem the rise in cases/hospitalizations/ICU and deaths. Since the titile of the article us “Time for Government Creativity”, shouldn’t certain new advancements (sin vaccines) deserve some consideration and further investigation? Or is it just sufficient to blame local inadequacies on location and culture?

1 month ago
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Captain

Missing in the argument is the basic reason for the lockdowns were to permit health services to function. If you have open movement you get as shown elsewhere people dropping in the streets and an overwhelmed health service. This has been explained multiple times but is ignored by the let’s go herding proponents. Sweden has a very advanced health care system..many countries such as Panama do not. It’s already been shown here that resources were inadequate and the government were forced to make panic catch up decisions as a result. God knows what it would have been like without lockdowns. Take a look at Melbourne and a few UK cities right now ....they have locked them down and case numbers are falling. There is direct correlation effect. Sweden by the way has in no way reached herd immunity despite their disproportionate death levels so I don’t think that’s the answer. Main issue is to see we don’t end up with patients on corridor trolleys or as in other countries being turned away from overflowing health clinics.

1 month ago
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MHogan

This report just came out — from Stockholm, confirmation of why lockdowns are counter to good mitigation of C19: “ Johan Giesecke, professor emeritus at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm says a lockdown only pushes severe cases and deaths into the future, it will not prevent them.“ there are active links in the original to prove this.” It continues that by socially distancing and wearing masks, any herd immunity would theoretically be slowed, or delayed indefinitely. Health authorities are talking out of two sides of their mouth. It is possible there will never be a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine. Herd immunity is plan B, but lockdowns and face-masks run counter to the development of herd immunity. On a very positive note, a recent study in Panama proves HCQ saved lives. They published a chart when, because of the Lancet report, Panama stopped using HCQ (and deaths skyrocketed); after the Lancet was discredited, Panama resumed HCQ and deaths went down almost as fast as they climbed. But of course this is not a scientific study. Luckily, there is a consolidated study of all HCQ trials and the results are in—HCQ is effective at preventing deaths in Covid-19. If Heath authorities want to be creative, look at Vitamin D3. A properly conducted (albeit small) trial showed amazing results and they are looking for other health entities to do a larger trial. (details of who to contact to get that started are available). Ready for real “Government Creativity “—try this on for size: by socially distancing and wearing masks, any herd immunity would theoretically be slowed, or delayed indefinitely. Health authorities are talking out of two sides of their mouth. It is possible there will never be a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine. Herd immunity is plan B, but lockdowns and face-masks run counter to the development of herd immunity. The new “drug” is called Ab8. Vaccines are NOT the answer. “ at least 70% of a population has to be vaccinated to prevent an emerging epidemic and an 80% immunization rate achieved to extinguish an ongoing epidemic (complete return to normal). The Food & Drug Administration has set the bar low for licensure of a vaccine. A vaccine will only need to prevent or decrease severity of the COVID-19 coronavirus by at least 50 percent, said the FDA before a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee. No mention of saving lives.” Don’t discount the adverse reactions.

1 month ago
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MHogan

Steve, Sweden admits they let the virus get into the nursing homes and that spiked the cases a lot (Panama cannot use that excuse). They had a big spike in cases but then it fell, claiming they reached herd immunity rather quickly without shutting down the economy, lockdowns or other draconian measures and lo and behold, the case and death rate fell almost as fast as it climbed and has stayed flat for weeks with almost no cases/deaths. Everyone seems to forget the human cost of closing businesses, lockdowns and all too often, we don’t see the costs of these decisions until it’s too late -- a cancer diagnosis missed, a livelihood lost, a downward mental health spiral, alcoholism, domestic and child abuse, depression extreme enough to commit suicide that could’ve been avoided. So, Steve, what value do you place on these? Forget about them? No, I’m sorry, you MUST factor these in when you talk about Sweden’s casualties which didn’t occur. With that in mind, how can you, in all conscience make such a statement as “ not use Sweden as an example of a successful approach to the treatment of Covid-19”? And consider the advantages of the herd immunity they have created when the next round comes by. Will they even need to bother with a vaccine (1/40 adverse reactions as historically proven)? What about that human cost, Steve? Stop thinking so narrowly and accept some things are trade-offs. Or are you si narrow minded you would opt fir a 35 mph speed limit on the roads because it’s been proven it would eliminate highway casualties almost 100%? No, life is a series of trade-offs. Get over it.

1 month ago
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Steve

MHogan Once again you are praising Sweden’s success in its approach to the Covid-19 infection, yet Sweden has one of the highest death rates per capita of population in Europe. Certainly much higher than its Scandinavian neighbours. Sweden 5851 deaths in a population of 10 million Panama 2173 deaths in a population of 4 million. The percentage death rate is lower per capita of population in Panama. I am not saying that the death rate in Panama is good but do not use Sweden as an example of a successful approach to the treatment of Covid-19

1 month ago
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MHogan

Lockdowns are not the answer; never were. Suggest you do some current research. it’s time for public health officials to implement evidence-based pandemic mitigation solutions that are logistically feasible, sustainable and target the problem while allowing society to function. Give people viable solutions they can implement day to day to protect their loved ones during outbreaks. You can’t tell the world to stay home and 'socially distance' -- whatever that even means -- and then act shocked, pissed and punish society because your vague, untested voodoo didn’t work. Because the truth is there is no good solution to this -- only tradeoffs. Public health doesn’t want to be responsible for the adverse outcomes of the tradeoffs so they have developed a strategy that [claims] the pandemic [is] preventable and places blame on society for not complying. If a second wave comes, it is our chance to replicate Sweden’s success and not drive the (final) nail into our economic coffin.

1 month ago
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