Virus infections unabated in August

 
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 While the government has announced the first cautious steps to re-opening the economy paralyzed by the coronavirus pandemic.  the rate of new infections remains unabated with 12,121 cases in the first 12 days of August,  a figure that exceeds more than those  registered at the same time in July.

Panama reported its first case of coronavirus on March 9 and as of ay, August 12, there were 1,703  deaths and 37,377 confirmed infections.

According to the figures provided by the Health authorities, in the 12 days, 35,234 tests have been applied, resulting in 12,121 positive tests for a dangerously high positivity of 34.40%.

In the same time period in  July, 34,141 tests were performed, of which 12,083 were positive for a positivity of 35.39%.

s remains unabated with 12,121 cases in the first 12 days of August,  a figure that exceeds more than  those registered at the same time in July.

Panama reported its first case of coronavirus on March 9 and as of ay, August 12, there were 1,703  deaths and 37,377 confirmed infections.

According to the figures provided by the Health authorities, in  the 12 days, 35,234 tests have been applied, resulting in 12,121 positive tests for a dangerously high positivity of 34.40%.

In the same time period in  July, 34,141 tests were performed, of which 12,083 were positive for a positivity of 35.39%.



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Harry

Thought it would be a good idea to check on the use of face masks to stop the spread of the virus since they are mandated for use. The WHO does not recommend their use by the general public. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8199959/Face-masks-NOT-stop-healthy-people-catching-coronavirus-says.html After checking on the particle size of smoke and viruses I can understand why. https://www.oransi.com/page/particle-size Scroll down to see the graph of particle size. A health expert on wearing masks on a flight. https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/how-to-avoid-coronavirus-on-flights-forget-masks-says-top-airline-doctor Yes there are always other opinions, however some have more experience and credibility than others.

1 month ago
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casual observer

How about the success of South Korea? One of the best responses in the world. Korean health authorities also advised the dropping of hydroxychloroquine after a study found the decades-old malaria drug, which U.S. President Donald Trump touted a possible treatment, did not provide any benefit.

1 month ago
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Gordo

Gates Fauci Gilead and big pharma are all in bed together. Birds of a feather flock together. They all benefit by rubbing each other's backs. HCQ works but is banned by big pharma controlled FDA. The covid death rate would plummet to sub flu levels. But Gates Fauci Gilead et all need covid to sell their vaccines and patented drugs. It's all a hoax.

1 month ago
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casual observer

mhogan...everyone knows that you can have an opinion on anything and find experts to back it up. Some like to sell theirs as gospel, but it's not. It's just an opinion.

1 month ago
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casual observer

Gilead Sciences is the only organization legally allowed to profit from the sale of remdesivir. Bill Gates and Dr. Anthony Fauci were not involved in the development of the drug and are not set to profit from its sale. The two have both spoken positively about remdesivir but have also both cautioned that the drug is only to be used in critically ill patients and should be used in concert with other treatments.

1 month ago
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MHogan

Steve, you probably didn’t cut and paste the link I gave or you would understand how other countries who did not lock down, close businesses or take away freedom are coming out of this just fine with less ICU and deaths. One of these countries is Costa Rica with the same demographics, a greater population, and around 270 deaths. So the excuses you give bear no weight. P.S. they also use HCQ. I know, I know, you get your facts from unreliable sources — like the Lancet, New England Medical Journal who had to retract the faulty studies. Or the studies in the U.S. where they killed patients by giving upwards of 10 times the recommended doses (even Tylenol is toxic when those same limits are given) or the drug was given too late to be effective. HCQ is a SAFE drug and are you suggesting that doctors who report success with Covid patients are liars? More likely, politics and pharmaceutical money is behind the bad fake reputation for a drug on the market for decades. Only problem is Big Pharma needs Remdesivir as the Emergency Use Authorization (only one can be approved) and Lord Fauci has patent interest in Remdesivir so he has to kill HCQ. Always follow the money and don’t be so gullible.

1 month ago
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Steve

MHogan you keep going on about the benefits of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) as if it is the answer to slowing down or is an effective prophylactic treatment for Covid-19. In the early months many countries did actually start using HCQ but since then a large number of clinical trials have shown that it has little clinical value in the treatment of Covid-19 and have now stopped prescribing it, including Sweden because of the side effects of the drug. What the reported figures here seem to suggest, is that the infection rate isn’t going down and I might suggest that there is no evidence that the infection rate has peaked, it seems to remain stable at around 1000 new caes a day. The measures that this government has in place are not working. I believe that there are effective controls in the supermarkets and other shopping outlets. The real problem is that many Panamanian people live in high density neighbourhoods with little social distancing and many families do not understand the dangers of continuing to visit each other. I am told by my Panamanian partner that it is their culture and when I explain that in England(my home country) and Europe that families were not allowed to visit each other at all during lockdown and would have been fined. I am not suggesting for one minute that it is perfect in England and Europe but the rate of infections peaked and then came down but there is no evidence of that in Panama. Many low income Panamanian people are living in poverty and it is the responsibility of the government to find a solution to help those in extreme poverty and encourage appropriate social behaviour in those high density neighbourhoods otherwise the infection rate not decrease any time soon

1 month ago
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MHogan

I’m sorry, but this big deal with case numbers is pure BS. What you should be seeing (had Panama been following countries who used HCQ at the RIGHT TIME- prophylactically or in the first days of an infection—with symptoms or not), you would now be seeing much reduced ICU cases (for COVID) and hardly any deaths. The positive PCR cases would still climb because you are finding those who beat the virus, those with remnants of the disease and those now who make up your precious herd immunity. This obsession at this stage with case numbers is a waste of time, money and resources. You’ve got a CASEDEMIC, not a pandemic anymore. But until Panama gets on board with the same HCQ protocol as Sweden and other countries who didn’t follow the scientific elite. But Panama seems not so inclined to get this Virus behind us. Cashing in on a vaccine, perhaps? https://twitter.com/FatEmperor/status/1293576086413103109

1 month ago
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