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Coronavirus ain’t got nutten to do wid Corona Beer

Jan 30, 2020 Dem Boys Seh, Features / Columnists, Source -- Kaieteur News, https://www.kaieteurnewsonline...-do-wid-corona-beer/

De whole world focusing on this thing people call coronavirus. This is a virus that killing people in China. De thing even reach odda countries like Sweden and de United States.

Dem boys see video wid people in China falling down and dying. This thing start in a part of China wheh dem boys hear people does eat snake and bat.

Some of dem who eat de things dead and people who visiting de place get de virus. Things reach de stage wheh nuff countries moving out dem people. Canada sending a plane fuh pick up Canadians.

Uncle Sam done got a warehouse wheh it plan to keep all dem people who come from China. Dem rich countries mekking elaborate plans to contain de disease.

Two days ago Guyana start to discuss de coronavirus. When some people hear de name right away dem think was something that deh in Corona beer. People even stop drinking de beer. But is de Minister of Health who announce that Guyana have nutten to fear.

Uncle Sam frighten; Canada frighten, England frighten, everybody frighten but Guyana got a ministah who announce that Guyana shouldn’t frighten.

She seh Guyana can handle de Coronavirus.

One woman seh de minister know wha she saying because de virus made in China and nutten from China don’t last long.

Dem boys know that she can’t even drink two corona beer. How she can handle de corona virus? But things reach de stage wheh people mekking joke wid this thing. One man buy four case Corona beer and drink up. De next day when he still had de hangover he tell he boss he got de coronavirus.

But while he laughing de news is not good fuh business. People stop buying food from certain restaurant. And although de people offering de food real cheap, people not buying.

Talk half and start worrying.

We are prepared to treat Coronavirus – Health Officials

Jan 29, 2020 News, Source -- https://www.kaieteurnewsonline...us-health-officials/

The World Health Organization (WHO) on January 9, last, reported that a 2019 novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was identified by Chinese authorities.

The virus was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China, and as with any other novel and imported disease, the 2019-nCoV is causing heightened concern in Guyana and the Caribbean region.

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(From left) Chief Medical Officer, Shamdeo Persaud; Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence; and PAHO/WHO Representative, Dr. William Adu-Krow

However, the Ministry of Public Health and the Pan-American Health Organization- World Health Organization (PAHO-WHO) have emphatically stated that the country’s health sector is prepared to screen, detect, isolate and treat the deadly virus, should it arrive on the country’s shores.
During a press conference held yesterday at the PAHO’s Boardroom in Brickdam Georgetown, Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence, confirmed that there are no cases of the deadly virus in Guyana, since the risk of it being detected here is very low.

However, if the deadly virus is to break through the country’s shores, the Minister boasted that the country’s health sector is well-prepared to screen, detect, isolate and treat the virus, which has claimed the lives of 106 persons thus far. All the deaths have been recorded in China.

Minister Lawrence explained that the Ministry has increased surveillance at all of the country’s points-of- entry, increased capacity training for medical personnel, and has prepared health facilities for isolation and testing.

Furthermore, Minister Lawrence added that health officials are preparing to launch a public information campaign on what the Coronavirus is and what measures can be taken to prevent the disease.

The virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention described symptoms as those commonly experienced with contraction of influenza. The incubation period is believed to be between two and 14 days.

An incubation period begins from the moment of exposure to the infectious agent until signs and symptoms of the disease appear. Minister Lawrence said the Ministry has adequate drugs in stock and if necessary, will utilise resources from its 2020 funds allocation.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shamdeo Persaud, said additional health officers and medics have been deployed in all health districts. Points of entry in Lethem, Moleson Creek, Georgetown and New Amsterdam have put measures in place to deal with any possible infection while health outposts in border communities have been placed on high alert and are making the necessary preparations.

PAHO/WHO Representative, Dr. William Adu-Krow, explained that Guyana is proficient in treating and becoming prepared to address life-threatening illness, so he is not at all worried about whether the country would hold up to that standard.

β€œI think every time [the country] goes through [a disease like]… Chikungunya, SARS, ebola and histoplasmosis, I think it has made us gain enough experience. So in this country even though we might not have had the cases, trust me, we have enough experience to be able to deal with it… That experience has come as a result of preparedness,” the doctor explained.

He explained that for a person to become infected, he or she must come within the outbreak point, through body fluids of who has been infected, or has eaten contaminated food.

β€œAccording to the case definition, we are very, very low in terms of the possibility of getting a condition like that…According to a case definition, you must have come from China and you must have come from China during the incubation period of 14 days…So that’s one, or you must be around someone who has been confirmed of having the virus.”

Mr. Adu-Krow said that even as the outbreak remains a serious one, there is no need for panic as the number of cases is far below other outbreaks that have been reported in the past.

β€œIn terms of the confirmed cases, it may be sound as an oxymoron for me to say as compared to Ebola, this is a less virulent condition because Ebola in the beginning killed 99% of people who had Ebola…

Now with this new condition, we thought it was around 24%, now it dropped to 2.9%, what does that mean that every hundred people that have the condition, 2.9% may die, so it’s less of an issue.”

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Karen Gordon-Campbell noted that the Georgetown Public Hospital is working to boost existing safety measures.

Currently, there are 4,564 confirmed cases worldwide in 14 countries with 52 of those cases occurring outside of China. North, South and Central America have a combined seven confirmed cases.

2019 Novel Coronavirus

Source -- https://www.cdc.gov/coronaviru...ntion-treatment.html

Prevention & Treatment

Prevention

There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

Treatment

There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for 2019-nCoV infection. People infected with 2019-nCoV should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.

People who think they may have been exposed to 2019-nCoV should contact your healthcare provider immediately.

See Interim Guidance for Healthcare Professionals for information on patients under investigation.

Demerara_Guy posted:

We are prepared to treat Coronavirus – Health Officials

Jan 29, 2020 News, Source -- https://www.kaieteurnewsonline...us-health-officials/

The World Health Organization (WHO) on January 9, last, reported that a 2019 novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was identified by Chinese authorities.

https://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/images/2020/01/Cov-PAHO-1-scaled.jpg

(From left) Chief Medical Officer, Shamdeo Persaud; Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence; and PAHO/WHO Representative, Dr. William Adu-Krow

However, if the deadly virus is to break through the country’s shores, the Minister boasted that the country’s health sector is well-prepared to screen, detect, isolate and treat the virus, which has claimed the lives of 106 persons thus far. All the deaths have been recorded in China.

Minister Lawrence explained that the Ministry has increased surveillance at all of the country’s points-of- entry, increased capacity training for medical personnel, and has prepared health facilities for isolation and testing.

Demerara_Guy posted:

2019 Novel Coronavirus

Source -- https://www.cdc.gov/coronaviru...ntion-treatment.html

Treatment

There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for 2019-nCoV infection. People infected with 2019-nCoV should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.

Perhaps, while there are no specific antiviral treatment for this outbreak issue, Guyana's Minister of Public Health is the only one in the world who already has an antiviral treatment.

Interesting indeed.

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