Panama virus positivity rate over 30% for seven weeks

 
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The positivity rate in the diagnostic tests of Covid-19 has not dropped below 30% in the last seven weeks and the 4000,  daily tests announced by President Cortizo in his July 1 address remain, like other promises, unfulfilled.

Epidemiological reports of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) reveal  that last week (July 26 to August 1) there was a positivity rate of new cases of 32.70%, and the previous week (July 19 to 25)  it was 32.46%

In the week that ended last Saturday there were  22,996 tests, of which 7,519 were positive; and in the previous week, 20, 339 were carried out, for a total of 6, 603  positive cases.

Juan-Paul Carrera, epidemiologist, and virologist at the Gorgas Commemorative Institute for Health Studies, said that the situation is due to the fact that there is a “plateau” of constant transmission.

"The situation has been somewhat mitigated, but the country has not achieved the suppression of the virus," Carrera said.

The Minsa data also show that the days with the highest positivity for tests for Covid-19 disease were on July 12 - when it scored 42.9% based on 3,590 tests carried out -, and on June 1, when it was  41.3%, but only 905 tests were done.

On Monday,  Aug 3 the positivity percentage was 37%, with 2,683 tests carried out, for a total of 1,300 new cases.

The infectologist and former director of the Gorgas Institute for Health Studies (Icges), Néstor Sosa, expressed that these numbers indicate community transmission, and there is still no decrease in the number of new cases per day.

He said that controlling the widespread community transmission of the Covid-19 requires general measures (avoiding crowds, closing schools, hygiene, staying home, wearing a mask, among others) and rapid detection of infections search for contacts, isolation, and quarantine) at near-perfect levels.

In addition, he said, one possibility is to concentrate the measures in the areas of greatest circulation of the virus, but it is difficult to make epidemiological fences in the most affected areas, as they did in Italy and is being carried out in communities of Catalonia (Spain), because it is required a lot of coordination and resources.

In the last epidemiological week the country reported 7,519 cases, 910 more than the previous epidemiological week (July 19 to 25) when 6 ,603 people were infected with Covid-19, a disease that transmits the SARS virus- CoV-2.

 



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Excellent set of facts in the web direction you provided. *A couple other points on the COVID vaccines that bear mentioning: Studies have suggested that coronavirus vaccines carry the risk of what is known as vaccine enhancement, where instead of protecting against infection, the vaccine can actually make the disease worse when a vaccinated person is infected with the virus. This is highly problematic as coronavirus vaccines have a stubborn tendency to trigger paradoxical immune responses, and researchers have not been able to find a solution for that. Given the urgency to stem the spread of the new coronavirus, some drugmakers are moving straight into small-scale human tests, without waiting for the completion of such animal tests. *Back in 2012, Scientists determined the need to develop a vaccine against coronavirus. At that time, they had about 30 vaccines that looked promising. They took the four best of those and … gave those vaccines to ferrets, which are the closest analogy when you’re looking at lung infections in human beings. When the ferrets developed a robust antibody response, they thought they struck gold. That was until the ferrets were exposed to the live virus. They all died. Then something tweaked in the memory banks of scientists that the same thing had happened in the 1960s when they tried to develop a vaccine for an upper respiratory illness very similar to coronavirus. *At the time, they did not test it on animals. They went right to human testing. They tested it on about 35 children, and the same thing happened. The children developed a champion antibody response, robust, durable. It looked perfect, and then the children were exposed to the wild virus and they all became sick. Two of them died. Going straight to human trials for COVID19 tells me scientists are willing to put politics and profits before positive results, disregarding past outcomes. *Another point is that the vaccines, in this case for COVID, will not contribute to “herd immunity”; in fact, it may not even provide immunity to the person vaccinated but it is more likely that the person will contract the virus (and in a more extreme form) when exposed to the live virus just as the trials on ferrets occurred. *As a final comment, this to do with HCQ, I will scream if I hear Lord Fauci say one more time “no double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trials have been done on the safety and efficacy of HCQ. And everyone seems to be parroting this phrase as the “gold standard”. They are wrong—it’s a total red herring. Moreover, I wonder if the vaccines for COVID (which doesn’t exist according to Koch’s Postulates) will be “double-blinded, randomized, placebo controlled as the same gold standard in trials”. Not even in your dreams; and they want to give it to us with none if the above. And we’ll be expected to kow tow to his Lordship so he can be even richer (said to have patent holdings on Remdesivir and others but not HCQ).

1 month ago
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Homer

Like I mentioned before, After 10 till 15 days you should be clear of the virus (Not transmitting) but.... non infectious and virus fragments can stay in the body up to 3 months and the problem with the PCR is that it can detect these fragments. The tests used are not clinically tested and unreliable. I think there is a large number of false positives, true or made up. If we look at Sweden, no quarantine, no closures of businesses and schools. Their Rt is currently 0.6 and rapidly declining, Hospitals are empty and only a hundred or so are in Hospitals and deceased due to Covid19 is not much more than people normally will die. The whole thing with masks and Quarantine has not proven jack shit actually. The funny thing is in regards to vaccines. The hope for a safe and effective vaccine, however, remains questionable: Contrary to the positive media presentation, in the second test round of the RNA vaccine from the US company Moderna, 80% of the volunteers in the medium and high-dose groups (average age 33 years and healthy) reacted with moderate to severe side effects. This week WHO boss and China friend made a statement, that we should keep hoping but it might turn out that a cure against covid19 will never been found. (I had to laugh when I saw this) Also in Europe they came to the conclusion that air circulation systems can carry the virus. In 2003 with SARS-CoV1 it was known that Hospitals, Hotels and airplanes were the main cause of the spread through air circulation in the facilities. SARS-CoV2 is not much different which is 80% SARS and only carries the name Covid19 it is still the same. There is a lot known and reports are out but not shared with the public. Scroll down after overview and see August update on the virus with interesting findings. https://swprs.org/a-swiss-doctor-on-covid-19/

1 month ago
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MHogan

They are either getting a LOT of false positives or we’re building a nice herd immunity. Either is hard to tell with information given out.

1 month ago
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