People waking up to COVID danger




Tribune Staff Reporter


A LOCAL religious leader on Abaco is urging Bahamians to take COVID-19 seriously after claiming to have lost over a dozen friends and other community members to the virus in the last two weeks.

Abaco resident Bishop Silbert Mills described the COVID-19 situation on the island as worrisome and said the recent wave of deaths there speaks to the seriousness of the disease.

“We had a dozen people die in Abaco in the past two weeks and one died just within the last hour from Green Turtle Cay,” he said. “And so this is compelling that people are now taking this seriously and they have seen so many people who could’ve been here had it not been for COVID-19.”

Bishop Mills said it’s disheartening to see so many Abaconians losing their battles to COVID-19, only after having just survived the crisis of Hurricane Dorian in 2019.

He said one recent COVID-19 related death that really hit him hard was the loss of his former church member and musician, Tameco McHardy.

The 46-year-old—who survived Dorian—lost his short battle with the disease earlier this week after contracting it in the US.

Describing his character, Bishop Mills said: “He was one of the finest musicians that you would come across where he knew just not the contemporary song but he had a love for the old hymns and he could play them without any kind of rehearsal and he knew just how to stick his music in with the service.

 “He was a very quiet person, and he also wrote music and he could’ve arranged stuff and make it almost sound original when he would arrange his music. He played with a couple of the local bands. He had a love for gospel music.”

 According to close friends, many people were touched by his music.

 The religious leader said McHardy, who was originally  from Nassau, moved to Abaco several years ago, but later relocated to America after losing his home to the monster storm.

“He only relocated to the United States after Hurricane Dorian because he lost everything here in Abaco, but to survive Dorian and then to lose to COVID-19 is striking and we urge everyone to please take this COVID-19 serious and as serious as you can,” Bishop Mills told The Tribune.

 Simmone Bowe, a close friend of McHardy, said his death has left the family and friends in shock.

“It shocked all of us because he’s young and healthy,” she told this newspaper.

 “He just celebrated his birthday this month and he had so much to give, so much purpose and so much to contribute and it’s like why,” she said, also describing him as a talented musician. “...And when it came to music, he took that very seriously and he believed in excellence and he gave excellence.”

 In view of recent COVID deaths, Bishop Mills urged Bahamians to keep their guards up.

 He also said deaths serve as a wake-up call for all, especially those who were sceptical about the disease at the onset of the pandemic.

 “I think it’s a wake up call and you’re seeing that at the vaccination sites where people are finally taking this thing seriously. People who were adamant that they would never take it are now on the line receiving their vaccination and so I think this is a serious wake up call for people in Abaco and indeed around The Bahamas,” he said.

Due to the high demand for the COVID-19 vaccine in Abaco, special provisions were made to the daily 8pm to 5am curfew to help ensure that all residents who wish to receive the vaccine will have the opportunity, the Office of the Prime Minister said this week.


JokeyJack 2 years, 3 months ago

And now on top of all the other medications the FDA has outlawed, they are moving to ban NAC. Incredible how medicines get banned while more and more people are dying. Hard to believe. Why aren't people allowed to take medicine for Covid?


CoolCatBD 2 years, 3 months ago

The vaccine or nothing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


stillwaters 2 years, 3 months ago

I remember going to doctors over the years for viral and bacterial infections....I was usually given antibiotics for bacterial infections and nothing except painkillers for the viral infections because.....I was told....there's no medication for viral infections....they just need to run their course.


ohdrap4 2 years, 3 months ago

There are certain antiviral drugs but many are expensive, have serious side effects so they only prescribe when your situation is graver.

Most run of the mill infections, they just prescribe comfort aids.


Clamshell 2 years, 3 months ago

True. There are also vaccines for many viruses, which most people forget: polio, flu, measles, mumps, chicken pox, rubella, smallpox, etc. — and Covid. Many people have taken these other vaccines throughout their life without thinking a thing about it. But suddenly, a vaccine for killer Covid is a big issue with them. SMH.


ohdrap4 2 years, 3 months ago

Except for chickenpox vaccine, which became available only in1995, I took all of the above. I also had all of the above diseases, so I am a walking breakthrough.

I also took yellow fever in 1979 and renewed 2019. I took tuberculosis vaccine back in the 1970s. But never contracted these two.

Mind you, when I took the mantoux test, I tested positive for tuberculosis, but that id because of the vaccine.

But covid, no. Not taking. Pfizer and Moderna are gene therspies, not vaccines, the msnufactures say as much.

And as efficacy wanes after a few months, they have not gotten it right.


Clamshell 2 years, 3 months ago

You survived polio and smallpox? Wow. That must have been something. Congratulations.


Dawes 2 years, 3 months ago

People maybe waking up, but the powers that be aren't. Or are you protected if you are wearing party colors. The charade today at nomination was disgraceful. All involved should be ashamed. How can the powers that be tell the people to be careful if they are out and about with scant regard for any rules. Pathetic. I would hope the newspapers would call them out on this tomorrow, however i am sure it will be all about how great the day was.


birdiestrachan 2 years, 3 months ago

Mr: McHardy died in the USA. sorry to hear of his passing,


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