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Death rate is alarming

EDITOR, The Tribune

The Nassau Guardian reported on Sunday that there have been two additional COVID-19 deaths recorded by the Ministry of Health, pushing the overall total to 29 – all since March. At the current rate, COVID-19 is killing on average nearly five people per month. With 18 deaths during the so-called second wave, this COVID-19 strain is more lethal than the first wave virus, which claimed 11 lives. A COVID-19 Task Force official on Grand Bahama told the media that COVID-19 patients at the Rand Memorial Hospital are sicker than those infected during the first wave. Whether or not his assessment is scientifically accurate, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that people with underlying conditions, such as cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, immunocompromised state from solid organ transplant, obesity, serious heart conditions, sickle cell disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus, are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

During an address at the Bahamas Paediatric Medical Association Conference last October, former Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said that one in seven Bahamians are diabetic, with the death rate from diabetes standing at 37.9 deaths per 100,000 people. With 71.6 percent of the population being overweight, and 43.7 being classified as obese, COVID-19 has the potential to exact a heavy toll on an undisciplined Bahamian population, which has to be disconcerting to COVID-19 Task Force and Ministry of Health officials, who are now mourning the tragic death of Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre Nurse Bernadette Rolle. With the availability of such data, it should come as no surprise that Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis continues to subject the Bahamian people to curfews and lockdowns, even to the extent of doing irreparable harm to the domestic, nonessential economy. Bahamians have been given the options of two poisons: an anemic economy or COVID-19.

They are badgering for the former. While Dean at St Paul’s Cathedral in London from 1621 to 1631, the English metaphysical poet John Donne witnessed the death of thousands, some of whom were his parishioners, due to the Black Plague which ravaged Europe. In his famous poem titled For Whom the Bell Tolls, Donne said the following: “No man is an island.....Each man’s death diminishes me. For I am involved with mankind. Therefore, send not to know. For whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.” Each time I hear word of another COVID-19 causality, my mind immediately goes to the situation in Donne’s day. In addition to making nearly 2,000 Bahamians ill and wrecking the economy, the likes of which we have never in the post-Majority Rule generation seen before, COVID-19 is killing Bahamians at an alarming rate.

We can only hope and pray that this crisis comes to an end.

KEVIN EVANS

Freeport,

Grand Bahama,

August 23, 2020.

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Porcupine 1 year, 11 months ago

"With 71.6 percent of the population being overweight, and 43.7 being classified as obese, COVID-19 has the potential to exact a heavy toll on an undisciplined Bahamian population, which has to be disconcerting to COVID-19 Task Force and Ministry of Health officials, who are now mourning the tragic death of Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre Nurse Bernadette Rolle." With the availability of such data, it should come as no surprise that Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis continues to subject the Bahamian people to curfews and lockdowns, even to the extent of doing irreparable harm to the domestic, nonessential economy. Bahamians have been given the options of two poisons: an anemic economy or COVID-19."

Hi Kevin, If Bahamians were really undisciplined, it would seem to be in the act of praying. For all the talk of prayer, by so many, in such volumes, and in such certainty, wouldn't one expect just a little relief in the face of all this, from a good God? Why use statistics to make a point, and then delve right into asking people to pray. If I honestly looked around the world, at those populations who prayed and those who didn't, would I find any statistical difference in happiness, healthiness, longevity, or perhaps even going to heaven. From the looks of it down here Kevin, overly religious people are the most deluded on earth. Just wondering how many people were praying on Abaco, just before Dorian hit. Of course I don't know God's ways. But please Kevin, isn't it about time people like you and Jerry Falwell quit the hypocrisy and snake oil? And, the "non-essential" domestic economy? You mean like cooking, cleaning, doing laundry? You mean non-essential to those who have better things to do, like praying and counting money?

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