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'Several Factors Will Dictate Pace The Economy Will Reopen'

By KHRISNA RUSSELL

Tribune Chief Reporter

krussell@tribunemedia.net

THE pace at which the Bahamas should reopen its economy will depend on several factors including how effectively officials control COVID-19 cases in isolation and transmission among at-risk populations, an international health emergency official said.

“To gather the impact on the economy we have to remember that all epidemics and disasters cause an economic impact and we have to reestablish that economy as soon as possible,” Dr Ciro Ugarte, director of health emergencies at the Pan American Health Organisation, said during a Zoom press conference yesterday.

His comment came after he was asked by The Tribune about restarting the Bahamian economy.

He continued: “But at the same time we have to recognise that there are several indicators that we need to follow or conditions. One of them is the capacity of the health services to absorb the demand (if) there is another transmission of COVID-19.

“And the other thing is to identify those cases, the capacity to identify, isolate, quarantine the contacts etcetera and the other aspect is that we need to follow which are the populations that are more at risk and of course we have to have all the means to control those outbreaks.

“So it is a question that must be applied to the reality of the country and in some countries also applied to certain areas inside the country that will need a certain approach.”

Earlier in the briefing, PAHO’s director, Dr Carissa Etienne said it is now more vital than ever for countries to reinforce protective measures.

She said: “Based on everything we know, it’s vital that countries reinforce protective measures now and use all tools available to them. This includes proven public health interventions like social distancing, testing, isolating cases and contact tracing.”

In the past week, there have been over 250,000 new cases of the deadly virus in the Americas.

The majority of new cases were reported in the US, followed by Brazil, Canada, Ecuador and Mexico. She said all countries and territories in the region have confirmed cases and PAHO is seeing a growing number of countries with ongoing community transmission: three in North America, seven in South America, one in Central America, and one in the Caribbean.

She also underscored the importance of nations continuing vaccinations for other illnesses like the flu and measles to avoid overwhelming already strained medical resources around the world.

Comments

DDK 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Are we in the pockets of THESE esteemed docs or their countries?

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happyfly 8 months, 3 weeks ago

So based on the MOH data out today they have tested 1,100 people in 43 days.

So if 1,100 people tested out of roughly 350,000 population over 43 days = 0.0007 % of the population tested per day. This extrapolates out to nearly 4 years to test the entire population folks, just in case you are waiting for the lockdown to end anytime soon

Anybody is welcome to challenge my math BTW. If you understand data you will know how easily it can be manipulated to support a narrative versus the plain old honest representation of the facts

Like say, you have a tiny control group and you want to make it seem like the disease is really really bad so you say the number of people that have died is 14% of the 80% that have been infected

Or you could say 0.0002% of the population has tested positive and in total, only 0.00003% of the population has died

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Rinks 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Your math is excellent @ the rate doc and crew going there will be no economy left to open

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