The information that Trinidad and Tobago has confirmed the invention of the extremely transmissible Brazilian variant of the coronavirus has predictably generated a lot dialog amongst Barbadians.
Based on the well being authorities in Port of Spain, the variant was detected in a pattern that was despatched to the College of the West Indies for genetic sequencing.
Media studies mentioned it’s the primary time a variant of concern has been discovered within the Trinidadian group, since each the UK and Brazilian variants had been solely detected in repatriated nationals or individuals searching for to enter the nation.
In response, commenters on social media platforms have suggested “to bear in mind”, “watch out with welcoming vacationers,” “step up restrictions” and the like.
One can hardly deny that it’s an unwelcome improvement in our Caribbean neighbour that ought to be intently monitored.
But when we have now been following the recommendation of our well being authorities and safeguarding our well being and that of our family members, there’s no want for both undue fear or pointless restrictions.
Certainly, the Trinidad-based Virology Professor on the College of the West Indies Dr Christopher Oura is quoted within the Trinidad Guardian as saying there isn’t a want for elevated restrictions right now.
Professor Oura mentioned: “We all know learn how to do away with this virus. We all know what to do. We have to take a look at. We have to observe and we have to hint.
“So we have to look very fastidiously on the space the place it’s circulating and ensure we take a look at and we observe and we hint the virus so we catch as lots of the individuals or all of the individuals which have been contaminated and we be certain that these individuals isolate, we be certain that these individuals don’t cross the virus on to others.”
His statements are a transparent reminder that the ever lurking coronavirus has not been vanquished and we have to be vigilant.
The World Well being Organisation warns that COVID-19 infections have been rising at an alarming fee for eight consecutive weeks, because the virus sweeps unabated by hotspots in a number of corners of the globe.
WHO Director-Normal Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says that greater than 5.2 million new circumstances had been recorded final week — essentially the most in a single week for the reason that pandemic started.
Right here at residence, we have now looming challenges.
Authorities listed below are nonetheless investigating a cluster at a church within the north which Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George warned Monday stays a serious concern with potential contacts apparently refusing to come back ahead for testing.
Dr George mentioned: “The scenario which has the potential to get past us is the church cluster. They nonetheless stay a bit unknown; and individuals have both used the chance to both go into obscurity or haven’t come ahead… and these people know who they’re… and we are going to put some measures in place to see the place potential we will contact these individuals.”
Practices like these have to be condemned and handled speedily – the chance is much too nice.
Evidently, as a rustic, we’re making progress. The lower in circumstances, alongside the vaccine rollout is particularly encouraging. Besides, attaining herd immunity will take far longer than anticipated.
So within the meantime, we’ve obtained to proceed enjoying our half.
As restrictions are eased there could be a false sense of safety, however the very last thing we want is a repeat of the viral unfold evident in late December, January and February.
Variant or no variant, the protocols stay the identical, our vigilance should not wane.
Put on a masks, sanitize, proceed to apply social distancing even in the event you obtained the vaccine.
Higher days, it appears, are in sight, however not if we drop the ball and recklessly fail to maintain one another secure.