Aug 11, 2020 Letters Comments Off on COVID is here for a long time
The deadly pandemic has wrecked havoc around the world with cases surging to 20 million with a sizeable portion of deaths. Many scientists are now saying that the virus will be here for a long time with some even saying that the virus may never be eradicated. It will simply be another coronavirus added to the four known to affect humans.
It is therefore imperative that the government of our country do everything possible to deal with the situation. First and foremost it has to deal with detection and treatment. Wide spread testing has to be implemented and a rigorous system of contact tracing. The hospital at Liliendaal needs to be dedicated solely to COVID for the foreseeable future. Of course this hospital must be equipped i.e. staffing, HEPA filters in all rooms, ICU beds, ventilators, medications shown to help with COVID and PPE for the staff. It will cost billions but the lives of our people should have no cost attached. Additionally, the government must start negotiations to have a vaccine whenever it’s available; from the looks of it this will slowly reach Guyana since the developed world is in a grab for this vaccine. The government must procure drugs shown to help reduce the symptoms of the disease such as Remdesivir. The fight against the virus has to be properly coordinated. It has already been shown that wearing masks reduces transmission and in some instances the severity of the disease. Mask wearing should be mandatory until the disease tones down. Schools should now direct attention to distance and online education while offices, shops and other institutions should adhere to social distancing, mask wearing and sanitizing of hands. Finally, a public awareness campaign should be launched via the media to sensitize people because there are many who are claiming that there is no COVID.
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