OPINION: Time to move on smart lockdown  easing

 
748Views 9Comments Posted 19/05/2020

Once the contagion is contained, as the authorities have successfully achieved, the country must begin to move to the next phase, without delay. It is unsustainable that Panama quarantines its population until the vaccine's disappearance. It is a fallacy that the country has to choose between public health and the economy. Progress can be made on both fronts if there is the right knowledge and strategy. 

We have to learn to live with the virus and that must be the focus of the authorities. The time to keep the population paralyzed and subjected to an incomparable confinement has passed, just as the model that segments freedom by day, gender and ID number has expired. The reopening plan must be transparent and smart. Instead of continuing to produce endless and absurd regulations -LA PRENSA, May 19



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Cicero3

== Herd immunity is thecway to go. == Herd immunity works only if those who survive the virus gain lasting immunity. At this point, no one can confidently claim that covid19 survivors have longpterm immunity. The evidence is not yet in. The cost of letting the virus infect 70 percent of the population would be tens of thousands of deaths that might have been prevented. Not all of the victims are old and on their last legs.

7 days ago
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Rick

What is that? Smart Lockdown. Some kind of oxymoron. There is not 1 thing smart about it. @ "C" yes we all have to go through 10 pic verifications and then wait 10 minutes for the slow newsroom server to respond. Sometimes you have to do the recaptcha 3 or 4 times thus the duplicate comments.

2 weeks ago
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Frank

Mr. President, Ms. Turner serve your country Panama and NOT WHO. !

2 weeks ago
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Bushdog

I totally agree with this article. Panama has to balance the damage being done to humans who are locked up and broke with the damage to businesses that are being decimated with the stats on Covid infection rates .

2 weeks ago
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Bushdog

I totally agree with this article. Panama has to balance the damage being done to humans who are locked up and broke with the damage to businesses that are being decimated with the stats on Covid infection rates .

2 weeks ago
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c

Jbbrown is absolutely correct! (Hey, does anyone else have to go through about 10 "select the right pictures" before being able to post here? Apparently this communist rag doesn't encourage comments.)

2 weeks ago
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c

Jbbrown is absolutely correct! (Hey, does anyone else have to go through about 10 "select the right pictures" before being able to post here? Apparently this communist rag doesn't encourage comments.)

2 weeks ago
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factchecked

Thank You, an intelligent article. Hopefully someone with authority will read it and act instead of this senseless lockup that has paralyzed the country.

2 weeks ago
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Jbbrown

Can't believe this article is allowed to be published!! Herd immunity is the way to go. As soon as the quarantine is lifted in Panama there will be a spike in cases because it's the wet season and people will be forced inside during the monsoon style downpours which happen almost daily. It's ok to have a spike in cases. The virus kills less than 1% of people and those are the sick, old and obese alcoholic potbellied gringos, everyone else will be fine. Herd immunity.

15 days ago
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