EDITOR, The Tribune
Viruses are older than human existence. In 1918 we had the Spanish flu which infected 500 million and killed 20 million to 50 million people. We had the SARS outbreak of 2002 to 2004. It infected 8098 and killed 774 people from China, other Asian countries, the UK (4) and Toronto, Canada. In 2014 the Ebola outbreak killed 11,315 in 5 African countries and the US. So why wasn’t the world prepared? Maybe because it was not profitable because they occur over a decade apart, but that can change.
For Caribbean countries it’s like a Hurricane. Its time of impact is uncertain, but unpreparedness means death.
All countries, capitalist, socialist and communists are unprepared. The US has more cases of Covid-19 than China about 4 times its population. The worst prepared country in the world is the United States because its health care system is profit driven and the most expensive in the world. It is the only advanced nation that has such a system. Europe, UK , Russia, China, Canada, Japan have a healthcare system that’s government driven.
I think that the shutting down of the economy will not stop the spread of the pandemic. A lot of people are poor and cannot self isolate. They must hustle food or they will die. I use South Korea as the model. They are at work. We need to test everyone and then quarantine the infected. Everyone wears a mask to work and practices proper hygiene. Take in a lot of vitamin C from oranges, etc. Let‘s be sensible.
Every mouth must be fed. This current method will lead to social upheaval like what is starting to occur in Italy or worse.
BRIAN E PLUMMER
March 30, 2020.