Panama has most Covid-19 cases in Central America as surge looms

Over 6500 tests are conducted daily

 
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On October 11, Panama had t 120,303 cases of Covid-19  the most in Central America and the number  increases daily at a worrying rate.

The country also leads the incidence rate of cases in the region: 2,812 per 100,000 inhabitants, which, according to Francisco Sánchez Cárdenas, a member of the Health Advisory Council, is due to an “intense community infection”, reports La Prensa.

On Friday, October 16   the country registered  615  new cases and deaths.

In accumulated cases in Panama is , followed by Guatemala, with 97,715, and Costa Rica, with 87,439.

Panama also  has  the highest incidence rate: 2,812 per 100,000 inhabitants followed by  Costa Rica, with 1,733, and Honduras, with 961 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

In this area, Panama not only leads Central America but  the continent,

Mortality

In the second week of October the country registered a mortality of 58.2 per 100,000 inhabitants. This figure exceeds the average rate for America, which is 56.9 per 100,000 people, and puts it in first place among the Central American countries according to figures published this week by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

 Francisco Cárdenas, says that as in other countries, as the Panamanian economy opens, the cases will increase.

Therefore, they are preparing the health system so that it can cope with enough hospital beds, massive tests and isolation.

The country current availability of hospital beds in the ward is 42%, and in intensive care units, 40%. That means that in the ward there are 2,239 beds available, while in intensive care there are 242. In addition, throughout the country, there are 550 mechanical ventilators available, out of 817.

The health authorities have recently carried out an average of 6,000  tests daily in and expectsto reach 10,000 tests per day by the end of December or the beginning of January.

 



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MHogan

DevilsAdvocate, I can’t speak to the Uruguay health care system but I do know that Costa Rica has a large contingent of full-time practicing foreign doctors and I would rate their health care as being very good. So much so that they (Costa Ricans) were doing a booming business in Medical Tourism. I have many friends there who speak of specialists available from France, Germany, Italy, USA, Canada, Japan and other first-world countries. Here, when I ask for a recommendation for a specialist and ask where they were trained, the answer is Panama with some post-graduate training in maybe the US but often from Mexico. Now, I know Mexico has some very qualified doctors but the starting point of Panama trained does not leave me with the warm fuzzies. Sadly, this does not have to be the case. I only can commiserate as well over what could have been contributed to a well-functioning, diverse healthcare system if just in the last 10 years the money that went into corruption had been spent in elevating health care for its citizens and residents. We might be seeing a better situation today. Now, with such an economy and the time it will take to recover, the chances are slim to nil that we will see a heathcare personnel improvement. Protectionism fails.

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DevilsAdvocate

Actually, I would hold up Uruguay as the gold standard. Similar population to Panama but only 2500 cases and 51 deaths. https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/uruguay/ This was accomplished without mandatory lockdowns and their schools and businesses are fully open since April and despite of being surrounded by two highly infected countries Brazil and Argentina. Uruguay is winning against covid-19. This is how https://www.bmj.com/content/370/bmj.m3575 Biggest issue Uruguay has a well developed medical system and could manufacture their own testing kits without having to rely on the outside. Also, they have the lowest corruption of any country in Latin America. https://www.americasquarterly.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/2020_CCC_Report.pdf Not surprisingly Panama is far down the list, but at least managed to finish ahead of Venezuela. The Panama strategy managed to damage the economy and drive up unemployment and business failures while still producing a mortality rate to put them as 7th highest in Latin America. https://www.statista.com/statistics/1114603/latin-america-coronavirus-mortality-rate/ Time to face reality. Panama’s strategy was an epic fail.

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MHogan

SKEPTICISM IS THE ESSENCE OF SCIENCE – questioning or commenting should not be considered a label as an “anti-vaxxer” any more than being in favor of vaccines is being a “vaxxer”; so let’s dismiss these title designations and question what we know, what we’ve studied, and what we’re told and try to piece together, in lieu of adequate data given us lay-people, what is the truth? Any comments I make are referenced or in quotation marks, or if my opinion, such will appear without reference or quotation marks. I apologize in advance if the “copy/paste” from my computer results in going beyond the edges of the NRP page but it is too difficult to organize my thoughts and references in the 2”x1” text constructing space on my smartphone. ***“According to the WHO, the overall mortality rate for the new SARS coronavirus causing COVID-19 is about 0.6%” … “COVID-19 is near the bottom of the infectious diseases mortality scale with a less one percent mortality rate in most countries. Those at highest risk for complications and death include the elderly and those with one or more poor health conditions. The CDC recently reported that only 6 percent of COVID-19-related deaths were solely due to coronavirus infection and 94 percent of the people who died also had influenza or pneumonia; heart, lung or kidney disease; high blood pressure; diabetes, or another underlying poor health condition” ***“Open Letter from Medical Doctors and Health Professionals to All Belgian Authorities and All Belgian Media: Covid-19 is not a cold virus, but a well treatable condition with a mortality rate comparable to the seasonal flu. In other words, there is no longer an insurmountable obstacle to public health. There is no state of emergency.” – except in Panamá—why is that? This article has made a comparison between Panamá and Costa Rica (and Guatamala), with Panamá being #1 in “the Region” for cases versus Costa Rica (behind Guatamala) for 3rd place. Because of demographic similarities (population, lifestyle, average age, etc.), let’s analyze and compare #1 and #3 place: For this exercise, I am referencing “epidemic-stats.com”. ***CASES: Preamble: In health terms, cases refer to those INFECTED. I suspect that for the benefit of statistics, it refers to those who test positive; however, no one has confirmed this one way or the other, so there is no option but to assume “cases/infected” means “testing positive”. This is so WRONG for a number of reasons: ---1/ PCR tests have a high false positive (as well as a false negative). ---2/Covid-19 has never been isolated—it fails the “gold standard” of Koch’s Postulates in all of the 4 “criteria for determining the existence of an infectious agent and for isolating and verifying what is causing a disease”. It does not mean that Covid-19 does not exist but any effort to diagnose (through PCR tests or other) can never be accurate – hence they use the loose terms “death by Covid-19” or “death with Covid-19”. Will discuss “Deaths” later on, in detail. Does anyone wonder why the disease we are blaming on Covid-19 is actually correctly labelled: SARS-CoV-2? A flurry of vocabulary words has turned up to confuse everyone: COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV; novel coronavirus, coronavirus (of which there are multiple strains falling into “four sub-groupings, called alpha, beta, gamma, and delta. Seven of these viruses can infect people” (ref: WebMD) of which one is the one we are dealing with; another is the common cold. Remnants of any prior infections of any of these can be detected by PCR testing and render a false positive. Does this then mean those “positives” become statistical “cases” or “infections”? ---3/How can it happen that PCR testing picks up fragments (even dead cells) from previous instances of the common cold, Influenza, injections of Flu vaccine (there is evidence to suggest this occurs and is logical since vaccines work by creating short-term immunity through metered exposure)? It is necessary to understand that the PCR test was never designed for diagnosing a disease (ref: The Corbett Report interviewing the American Biochemist, Kary B. Mullis , who created the PCR test in the 80’s and won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his invention, and other interviewees). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ljxah4NrYKU (Covid-19 has only symptomology to arrive at a diagnosis and can be more-or-less confirmed through PCR). “PCR, simply put, is a thermal cycling method used to make up to billions of copies of a specific DNA sample, making it large enough to study. PCR is an indispensable technique with a broad variety of applications including biomedical research and criminal forensics. According to Mullis himself, PCR cannot be totally and should never be used as a tool in “the diagnosis of infectious diseases.” (ref: The Truth about PCR Test Kit from the Inventor and Other Experts). “PCR basically takes a sample of your cells and amplifies any DNA to look for ‘viral sequences’, i.e. bits of non-human DNA that seem to match parts of a known viral genome. The problem is the test is known not to work. It uses ‘amplification’ which means taking a very, very tiny amount of DNA and growing it exponentially until it can be analyzed. Obviously, any minute contaminations in the sample will also be amplified leading to potentially gross errors of discovery. Additionally, it’s only looking for partial viral sequences, not whole genomes, so identifying a single pathogen is next to impossible even if you ignore the other issues. The idea these kits can isolate a specific virus like COVID-19 is nonsense.” So, if these “cases” and “infections” are the result of PCR positive testing, please understand that the “amplification” varies by country to country each setting or modifying according to their desired outcome on a test that “Scientists Say … PCR Tests Do Not Work, Are Worthless, and Give Impossible Results”. So, the $64,000 question is: why are we relying on PCR Test Kits to determine “cases” and “infections”? Why has the world gone start-raving mad using this method when it has never been used in the past to diagnose ANY DISEASE – with a fatality count approximately 94% lower than it currently is (ref: “New CDC report shows 94% of Covid-19 deaths in US had contributing conditions”); in other words, the CDC, for the first and only time in 17 years, broke with the ages-old scientific Koch infectology tradition and, violating its own rules, told the entire world-wide medical establishment to illegitimately list anyone dying with – not from – assumed, presumed, probably, etc. COVID-19 as a COVID-19 death? Of course, everyone fears death and an infection that can cause death (even inflated), so is PCR being used as a “fear factor” to push us into compliance with quarantines, lockdowns, mask wearing, social distancing, business closures (resulting in destruction of businesses for those who followed these factors), tracking and tracing, vaccines (Bill Gates is frustrated that a growing number of “informed” individuals – 58% by current reports – are now opting out of vaccines for Covid-19, so something needs to be done: how about we do more testing and ramp up the amplification of the PCR test so more “cases” are detected?), and how about the real reason behind the vaccines – going forward with hydrogel nanotechnology implantable components to monitor and control (and alter) our lives hereafter? (ref: https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/09/joseph-mercola/injectable-biochip-for-sars-cov-2-detection-near-fda-approval/ and President of Ghana emotionally warns about the plan https://youtu.be/x6HrOqGHoAI ---4/So, understanding how “cases”, “infections” can not only be manipulated by increasing amplification on PCR tests -- higher amplification increases and can be used to revert to more restrictions and/or vaccine compliance); lowering amplification on PCR testing can be shown to “prove” successes with restrictive measures and/or vaccine administration. Why are countries and governments falling into this mode? From what I’ve presented, I think we can surmise why? ***Comparing “cases”/”infections” between Costa Rica and Panamá: Costa Rica 95,514 (18700 /million) infected … Panamá 124,107 (28,633/million) infected (ref: epidemic-sttes.com as at 18.10.2020) = PANAMA has 53% more “cases”/million. Factors to account: PCR test amplification is different; faulty procedures/human error; more testing will alter the “cases” rate. ***Comparing number of tests performed: I have found no online reference for either country, definitively analyzing number of tests, result of tests other than number of “infected”. We are at the mercy of the respective Health Departments to give us accurate, complete and detailed analysis. Basically, they would give us any number, even repeat testing of the same person and we would not be able to verify through online statistical data. The “positivity rate” therefore is whatever they tell us it is. Up until the date of 2020-10-06, Panamá participated in the Covid19-projections.com wherein they recorded the number of “tests per day target by November 1: 29,357 (assumes 40% asymptomatic and 10 contacts tested per infection)”; however, there has been no input/analysis beyond 2010-10-06. Why? Costa Rica did not participate in this webpage analysis at any time. Hmmm! ***Analyzing Reproduction Number: According to news-medical.net, the reproduction number has become the most discussed term in the current pandemic. It refers to the number of new infections that one infected individual can cause in a susceptible population and has been used to justify and explain why lockdowns, social distancing and other mitigation strategies are needed to keep the case count and death toll low. Due to changes in the country, culture, type of calculation, and outbreak stage, the R0 has been reported with highly differing magnitudes. Even though it is important, it seems complicated to arrive at a precise, calculated value due to data limitations and reporting inaccuracies. Moreover, direct observation of R0 seems impossible.” It seems to me this is pretty well an important piece of information but it appears whatever either country. Are we to assume the factor which determines our destiny to live free is based on some arbitrarily-arrived-at value? ***Deaths: I wish it were possible to know the true number of deaths from Covid-19 in either country to compare actual Covid-19 versus those assumed, presumed, probably, etc. Only an autopsy, provided the virus had been isolated and identified correctly (which it was not) could prove a true death from Covid. Based on the CDC value that 6% are confirmed as DEATH BY COVID, why should we assume that figure is not applicable to Panamá or Costa Rica? I had previously posted data from the U.S. on the total number of deaths from all causes and by opening the links, one could find the deaths by a specific cause (notwithstanding falsifying the Covid causes). These CDC’s own numbers: total deaths by year from all causes: 2020=2,838,000 (averaged for 12 months); 2019=2,855,000; 2018=2,839,205; 2017= 2,813,503. How is it possible that in the midst of this terrible pandemic that is taking so many American lives do we not see a much higher death in 2020 (based on reported 224,483 as of 18.10.2020-epidemic-stats.com)? ***Infection Fatality Rate (IFR): To understand this, we need to understand the difference between case fatality rate (CFR) and infection fatality rate (IFR). CFR is the ratio of the number of deaths divided by the number of confirmed (preferably by nucleic acid testing) cases of disease. IFR is the ratio of deaths divided by the number of actual INFECTIONS with SARS-CoV-2. Even the scientific community finds this hard to determine the real number, since nucleis acid testing is limited and currently available primarily to people with significant indications of and risk factors for covid-19 disease, and because a large number of infections with SARS-CoV-2 result in mild or even asymptomatic disease, the IFR is likely to be significantly lower than the CFR. However, in lieu of accurate numbers, epidemic-stats.com has given the number of deaths for Panamá at 2.1% (590/million) and for Costa Rica 1.2% (232/million) but we do not know if it is based on IFR or CFR. The difference is Panamá has a factor of 154% more deaths per million. This is abnormally high considering “according to WHO, the overall mortality rate for the new SARS coronavirus causing COVID-19 is about 0.6%, although some scientists say it is lower, while others estimate it can be as high as 1 to 2 percent in some parts of the world”). Possible reasons for higher death from Covid-19 exceeding even the highest percentage in Panamá (at 2.1%) v Costa Rica: false data from PCR, CFR, or IFR, Costa Rica has a better healthcare protocol, therapeutics to prevent COVID-19 are more prevalent in Costa Rica (Panamá restricted HCQ as a functional treatment based on false data from the Lancet/CDC, et al and does not still legitimize HCQ as an OTC or as prescribed by a licensed physician…complicity?—totally ignoring), professional training/foreign doctors at a higher proficiency in dealing with this pandemic, facilities/equipment better in Costa Rica, manipulation of any factor in the data designed to restrict personal liberty/ prepare for vaccine acceptance, or ? Whatever the reason for the high mortality rate (even throwing in assumptions as to cause of death, it is unconscionable that a country’s health department would allow this to happen, with so much cost of corruption abounding. For what reason?? ***Herd Immunity is dismissed as fake science: “Majority Are Already Immune Against SARS-CoV-2” (ref: Mercola.com, October 15, 2020: STUDIES supporting the claim ref: ---CELL JUNE 2020 “According to the authors, this suggests there’s “cross-reactive T cell recognition between circulating ‘common cold’ coronaviruses and SARS-CoV-2.” In other words, if you’ve recovered from a common cold caused by a particular coronavirus, your humoral immune system may activate when you encounter SARS-CoV-2, thus rendering you resistant to COVID-19.”; ---NATURE IMMUNITY (German study) , September 2020 “Cross-reactive SARS-CoV-2 peptides revealed pre-existing T cell responses in 81% of unexposed individuals and validated similarity with common cold coronaviruses, providing a functional basis for heterologous immunity in SARS-CoV-2 infection.”; ---THE LANCET MICROBE, September 2020 “Infection with the common cold virus protected cells from infection with a more dangerous virus, the influenza virus, and [this] occurred because the common cold activated the body’s general antiviral defenses. This may explain why the flu season, in winter, generally occurs after the common cold season, in autumn, and why very few people have both viruses at the same time. Our results show that interactions between viruses can be an important driving force dictating how and when viruses spread through a population.; ---NATURE JULY 2020 “These findings demonstrate that virus-specific T cells induced by infection with betacoronaviruses are long-lasting, supporting the notion that patients with COVID-19 will develop long-term T cell immunity. Our findings also raise the possibility that long-lasting T cells generated after infection with related viruses may be able to protect against, or modify the pathology caused by, infection with SARS-CoV-2.”; ---CELL AUGUST 2020 Swedish Study, “Acute-phase SARS-CoV-2-specific T cells displayed a highly activated cytotoxic phenotype that correlated with various clinical markers of disease severity, whereas convalescent-phase SARS-CoV-2-specific T cells were polyfunctional and displayed a stem-like memory phenotype. Importantly, SARS-CoV-2-specific T cells were detectable in antibody-seronegative exposed family members and convalescent individuals with a history of asymptomatic and mild COVID-19. Our collective dataset shows that SARS-CoV-2 elicits broadly directed and functionally replete memory T cell responses, suggesting that natural exposure or infection may prevent recurrent episodes of severe COVID-19.” ---AND THEN THERE’S THE MATHEMATICAL MODELS THAT ADD SUPPORT FOR WIDESPREAD IMMUNITY: https://youtu.be/dUOFeVIrOPg Herd immunity Threshold Likely below 50% as reported in “Herd Immunity ‘Ahead of Schedule’” ---But there is a bad flipside and what could account for or contribute to high COVID-19 infections in Panamá – Panamá ran an Influenza Vaccine campaign on or about the time of COVID-19 appearance in the Country: “there’s a phenomenon known as viral interference, where exposure to one virus makes you more susceptible to another virus. Importantly, research30 has found that those who received the influenza vaccine were 36% more susceptible to coronavirus infection.” If this has been linked to the Flu Vaccine and caused cases, infections, deaths – what can be said? It is indeed sad! Someone needs to answer.

11 days ago
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casual observer

Jonas....you're parroting your hero trump and misrepresenting the CDC study. Try reading it instead of regurgitating trump's intentional misinformation.

11 days ago
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catch3467

Well...Well...Well...All you FREEDOM FIGHTERS against masks and social distancing requirements. Especially the ones using Sweden Strategy as proof. What do you think of them going to lock down now like everyone else? Now that they realize that Norway and Finland are doing much, much better.

11 days ago
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Jonas

Do not think that wearing a mask is going to increase your chance of not getting the China Flu. The CDC posted results. 70 % of people who contracted Covid were masks wearers. 3.9 % did not wear masks. Masks are not the answers, don’t believe what the so called experts are ordering you to do, Fight for your rights now or it will soon be to late.

11 days ago
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Pedro

Don't let a stupid farmer govern your country. All what they can is molesting their animals. No character by 80 point IQ.

11 days ago
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Homer

Over the months tests have been doubled and the number of positives are stable. The more you test the more you will find. It started with 2000, moved to 4000 in July and August and now 6000 tests. Actually the amount of positives is coming down compared with the increase of tests.

11 days ago
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casual observer

You wearing a mask yet tomcat? Things seem to headed south were you are. Why do you still post here?

12 days ago
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Tomcat

Nice to see Panama is finally #1 at something besides teen pregnancies.

12 days ago
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General Butler

And yet they still aren't handing out HCQ/zinc tablets and making it available OTC. Folks, you need to step up and demand that the authorities stop lying and allow access to this and other documented prophylaxis and curative meds. Ivermectin is another. Also, nebulized, diluted, food grade hydrogen peroxide. Be sure to get enough iodine and vitamins D and C. Use the current situation to tune up your diet. Stop drinking soda pop, packaged 'food' and fast 'food', eat only real food like fruits, vegetables, fish, eggs and red meat prepared at home. Drink only filtered or spring water. Brush your teeth with baking soda and swallow it. Turn off the wifi in your home at night and put your cell phone in airplane mode whenever possible, especially at night. Reduce the stress in your life in every way possible (stop honking your horns on the street like a herd of morons). Cut your spending down to necessities and pay off all debt. These are some of the most important things you can do to enhance your life regardless of the plandemic.

12 days ago
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