COVID-19 patient in hospital

| 05/10/2020 | 50 Comments
Cayman News Service

(CNS): A person in isolation, who became ill with an unrelated condition but tested positive for COVID-19, is in hospital, Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee has confirmed. There were no new positive tests among  278 COVID-19 tests carried out over the weekend but this patient, who remains one of just two active cases, is now symptomatic for the virus and has been admitted to the Cayman Islands Hospital.

There are now 247 people in government isolation, including one person who transferred from home-isolation because of the pending arrival of Tropical Storm Delta. And there are now 79 households where people are isolating at home with the geofencing technology under the watch of the monitoring team, regardless of the forthcoming storm.

The government has said the remaining households are all in safe locations and that those in quarantine at hotels on the coast have been moved to higher level rooms as a precaution. Although there are contingency measures in place to move anyone in quarantine if this becomes necessary, officials are confident that, given the current path of the storm and its impacts on the islands, the facilities remain safe and secure.

The CMO has confirmed that no further test results will be provided before the evening of Wednesday, 7 October.

Meanwhile, Cayman has now carried out more than 40,000 PCR tests in a mass screening programme that has been largely credited with retaining the country’s COVID-19 free status.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    On the forefront of fear-mongering reporting. Well done!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I think that of every death from “Covid”, they should include what other conditions the patient suffered from which even if exacerbated from the virus, was not reeeaaaallly the cause. Just the accelerant.

    Why do you think this extra info is NEVER reported??? This is part of the reason so many people feel that this has been hyped unnecessarily.
    Just GIVE US THE FACTS JACK! Stop escalating EVERYTHING.

    CNS: There is a lot of confusion about how many deaths were caused by Covid-19, especially since it is known that comorbidity – or having one or more underlying conditions – greatly increases a person’s chances of contracting the disease, being seriously affected or even dying. However, keep in mind that most people with other conditions could expect to live longer, maybe much, even decades, longer. I don’t think anyone dying right now or their loved ones would be comforted that they would probably have died at some point in the future.

    Since the statistics on collecting information is so muddled, depending on who is doing it and how, the figure to look at for any country is “excess deaths”, which is how many more people died this year compared to the expected figure based on historical data. There’s lots of articles about it but this is a good one: U.S. COVID deaths may be underestimated by 36%, which found that the actual figure of those who died as a result of Covid is in reality in the region of 250,000. Even if that is an overestimate, I have no idea how someone can look at that figure and not see it as a catastrophe.

    Here are the figures for England and Wales. See the massive spike this spring.

    If it’s facts you’re looking for, the situation is probably worse than being presented. The politicization of this disease has been truly sickening.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thanks CNS. Great response. I would have been much more unpleasant to this person. Must be a Trump supporter.

      So, my thumbs down on this post was to reflect their query and not you response.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hold on CNS. That link you sent states that Covid deaths acccounted for 2.2% of all deaths in the UK last week. That means 97.8% of deaths were nothing to do with COVID. And yet, the country is being shut down for 2.2% of all deaths?

      Be careful what you wish for, those statistics have a funny old habit of being factual and prone to understanding when read correctly and not after watching a news feed for 10 months telling you the world is ending.

      CNS: You’re making no sense at all and certainly not reading the data correctly. This is what happened: When Covid first appeared in the UK, PM Boris Johnson decided to go for herd immunity, but as thousands of people started to die (at its peak it more than doubled the number of deaths per week) and he very nearly died himself, he thought the better of it and introduced lockdown and other measures, which brought the situation under control to where Covid deaths were nearly zero.

      The link I gave you was for deaths up to 25 September in England and Wales. Since then the number of cases and hospitalizations – less so deaths but there is a lag time – is starting to pick up again and the government is considering tightening coronavirus restrictions in hot spot areas, including the possibility of closing pubs and restaurants in those areas, so the disease doesn’t get out of hand again but weighed against issues such as the economy.

      A couple of points to emphasize: National figures don’t give an idea of localized peaks. So if there’s a sudden rise in one city, it may create havoc in that city but not really make much of a bump in the overall stats.

      I have no idea where you get the idea that the UK is going back into lockdown. The measures going into effect in the UK are minimal and localized.

      If a government reacts because lots of people are dying, it’s too late. The measures to suppress the spread is to prevent outbreaks and save lives. The aim is to keep control of the situation.

    • Anonymous says:

      How about this evil genius.

      We all die because our heart no longer beat.

      See how silly it gets….

    • Paul Black says:

      CNS is simply wrong. The average age of death from covid in the US is older than the average life expectancy. Also, according to the CDC, only 6% of people that died of covid didnt have any other pre existing conditions, the average person who died of covid had 2.5 pre existing conditions such as diabetes, obeseity etc.

      CNS: To use your examples, obesity and diabetes raise the chance of death but they aren’t death sentences. Diabetes can be managed and people can go on a diet. Just dismissing these people as expendable is not acceptable. The rate of excess deaths in the US (see here) clearly shows that people are dying who would not otherwise have died. We’ve known from the beginning of this that the elderly were particularly vulnerable, but again, being old does not mean that you are expendable. However, even if you think that they are, which is chillingly callous, the number of people dying in the US includes many many thousands of people who were not elderly. On top of that is the very high number of people who didn’t die and now have long-standing, even life-long affects, which in the US has the added problem of being a pre-existing condition when they try to get health insurance.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I posted the cure months ago. Monster energy, 1 liter of rum and 12 paracetamol, worked for me.

    • Anonymous says:

      Acetaminophen is known as paracetamol. Acetaminophen can lead to severe liver damage, liver failure and other life-threatening complications. This was the first thing that I learned when I got a marketing job in a medical lab after college graduation.

      I hope you didn’t take 12 paracetamols at once.

      It is Naproxen, also known as Aleve (OTC pain medication), may prevents blood clotting. study, computer modeling suggested that naproxen binds to the N protein of SARS-CoV-2 even better than it binds to that of influenza A.

      Then they tested the effect on viral replication in human cells that line the nose and the bronchus. Bronchi are part of the lungs and constitute the air passages that connect the lungs to the windpipe.

      Strangely, naproxen strongly inhibited viral replication in the bronchial cells, but not the nasal cells. 90 and 300 micromoles per liter (uM), a measure of the concentration of the drug, inhibited viral replication in the bronchial cells by about 75%. Neither concentration had a statistically significant effect on viral replication in nasal cells, but the replication was about 10% higher at 90 uM and a few percent lower at 300 uM.

      The virus replicates more quickly in the lower respiratory tract (bronchus) than the upper respiratory tract (nose), so it may be the case that the effect of naproxen was easier to show in the bronchial cells because of a more severe level of infection. Alternatively, there could be differences in the cellular response of the nasal cells and the bronchial cells.

      Could naproxen have antiviral effects in humans?
      In the bronchial cells, the IC50, the concentration required for 50% inhibition of viral replication, was 46.07 uM.

      Two 220 mg naproxen sodium tablets taken together lead to a maximal plasma concentration of 65.88 micrograms per milliliter, which, using this calculator, is 286.12 uM. This is much higher than the IC50 and much higher than the concentration required for maximal effect (which was the ~75% decrease in viral replication seen with both 90 and 300 uM).

      The half-life of naproxen is 12-17 hours. Generally, taking a dose once every half life will result in an average plasma concentration that is roughly double the single dose on its own. This suggests that 220 mg naproxen sodium taken twice a day would be the best way to maintain plasma concentrations close to 300 uM.

      While this does not make it certain that naproxen would inhibit viral replication in humans, it makes it very promising. Randomized controlled trials would be needed to test the effect.

      What About Blood Clotting?
      Naproxen inhibits cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1) in platelets, which is necessary for clotting. This can be measured with a platelet function assay that passes blood through a membrane with small holes. The time the platelets take to close the holes is measured, and is called the “closure time.” In humans, 250 mg taken twice a day increases the closure time by 42%.

      Is Naproxen Safe?
      Naproxen has a long list of potential side effects. Obviously anything that has anti-clotting effects could risk excessive blood thinning in some people. Please discuss any use of this or any other medication with your doctor to determine whether there is anything in your clinical history that would make it unsafe. With that said, naproxen has a history of widespread use as an over-the-counter medication and has a safety profile consistent with over-the-counter medications.

  4. Just asking. says:

    With 95% unreliable pcr kit
    or or contaminated swab watch youtube about. The case against mask.

  5. Anonymous says:

    “To judge from evidence, the answer is clear: mandated lockdowns had little effect on the spread of SARSCoV2—decline attributable to a mix of changing seasons & gradual onset of herd immunity. We can’t change the past, but we should avoid making the same mistake again.”

    Stats Hold a Surprise: Lockdowns May Have Had Little Effect on COVID-19 Spread

    CNS: The other side from Business Insider (for those of us who think the National Review is more propaganda than news) – Lockdowns save lives. The evidence is clear around the world.

    “China, Germany, and Spain all saw their number of daily infections drop off after lockdowns were instated.

    In Italy, a team of researchers recently simulated what could have happened if the country’s restrictions had been relaxed in March — or not imposed at all. The results showed that the country’s lockdown prevented around 200,000 hospitalizations between February 21 (when Italy’s first case was reported) and March 25. It also reduced transmission of the virus in Italy by around 45%, according to the study.”

    • Anonymous says:

      Seems CNS if very pro lock down!

      How about a report on how Bermuda opened up and manages the system?

      CNS: You’ve reached a conclusion using fuzzy logic. Our position, like any sensible person, is that any decisions made on the matter should be based on facts and not on propaganda or fantasy. Discussions where one position is based on “alternative facts” are not helpful. There are arguments against lockdown but claims that lockdown does not reduce the spread of the virus or that the virus is “just the flu” are false and should be ignored.

    • Nanny says:

      I want to like the original comment, not the cons opinion which could be a separat comment.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Initially 14 days quarantine was to slow the spread.
    They didn’t even accomplish that, that is why you never hear that phrase anymore.
    In Cayman specifically, there is nothing to “slow”. It’s all about political control, not about health.

    • Anonymous says:

      Covid is spread by people.
      Stop people with, or from Covid areas mingling in our community therefore eliminates the spread.
      Pretty simple stuff don’t you think.?

      • Anonymous says:

        Not as simple as you think apparently. Stopping mingling doesn’t “eliminate” the spread. It slows it, yes, and that was originally the intention in March; to reduce rampant spread and the consequent overwhelming the health services. Talk of using lock-downs to eliminate or eradicate the virus only started much later – after the prevention of an overwhelming of the health services had been achieved.

      • Anonymous says:

        Even simpler would be test before departure Isolate for 8 days and test again!

  7. anon says:

    Cayman needs to really pay attention to Bermuda. At present, they seem to have the most reasonable approach to opening the borders. It takes 3-7 days to test positive after covid exposure. Testing 7days prior to travel, testing on arrival and testing 4 days post arrival will detect the overwhelming majority of cases. This results in an acceptable risk of covid exposure. Bermuda reports only a few cases where someone tested positive on day 4 of arrival, none afterwards. Cayman needs to seriously learn from their experience and drop the 14 quarantine as it really can be replaced with a more reasonable and effective process, namely repetitive testing.

    • Anonymous says:

      I have been posting the same for months and YES 7 days after exposure is the most accurate day to test via PCR. So what are we locking people up for 14 days and why?
      And why when Bermuda has proven this system do we not flow with a controlled testing approach?

      We are still over a year until we could even see some sign of successful vaccine showing a improved global control of the virus.

      • Anonymous says:

        money!!! Have you seen the rates to quarantine at Sunshine Suites or Palm Heights???

    • DLF says:

      8:28 Just think the Bermuda plan is right there on the internet for the world to see. Seems so simple for CIG to copy the plan and put it into action.

  8. Anonymous says:

    A more accurate headline would be “ Patient in hospital has The ‘rona.

  9. Anonymous says:

    It is a travesty. No, not Covid19. The public’s willingness to go along with the supposed cures of this end of times doomsday disease.

    Just look at the statistics on excess deaths this year, month to date, compared to any year of the previous 10. They are completely insignificant when compared to the supposed methods of prevention (lockdowns, etc).

    This is insanity. Yes it is terrible that people are dying from it. But what of those dying from flu? Pneumonia? Diabetes? Cancer? car crashes? Herpes? Stress? Old age?

    Covid 19 has shown how useless we are as a population to cope with a truly end of days disease. Covid19 is a test run and we’re failing massively. When a really bad virus mutates and goes global (see Ebola), we’re f*cked. Based on how we’re panicking over this Covid19? We. Are. Done.

    For sure, panicking over health care facilities being overrun was correct and thus a lockdown to prevent it makes sense and made sense at the time based on what we knew and what we were being told and what we were learning.

    But now, 10 months in, it is beyond clear that the entire lockdown is a global overreach and mistake. Yes the elderly are vulnerable, and so are the sick. Well OMG! Who knew? Next you’ll tell me the blind shouldn’t be driving.

    Madness. We must live with this virus. We must open up. Hey, why not just let people under 60 come on holiday as long as they can show they are healthy (no diabetes or cancer)? Why not? And anyone here that is over 60/65 and fat and/or already sick with something? Wear a mask and stay away from people.

    We’re killing everybody to save next to nobody who won’t be dying soon anyhow. That’s actually what is happening.

    The slowly boiled frog. Thats you and me.

    • Anonymous says:

      Couldn’t be better said.

    • Anonymous says:

      Obesity is a huge problem in the Cayman Islands. Name one MLA or minister who doesn’t have second and third layer of a chin.
      They are afraid of catching COVID keeping the rest of the population on their toes.

  10. Anonymous says:

    They need to practice in how to treat COVID patients. Thousands died in MarchApril of improper treatments. Cayman on the other hand has no experience whatsoever.

    • Anonymous says:

      I know you could never be suggesting that we allow Covid into our borders and have our people did just so “doctors can have some experience”.

      Sick bastard.

    • Anonymous says:

      exactly!! Care and treatment has come so far since we saw first cases.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Can someone please explain how Cayman is COVID free when there are 2 active cases ( 1 community spread), 247 in government isolation, and in 79 households in isolation? It is just not clear. TKS.

    CNS: Both of the current active cases are in people who were in quarantine with a travel history. One tested positive at the end of their 14 days, the other became ill during their stay and was tested as a result before their quarantine period was at an end. Cayman is considered free of community spread at present. So far those tested at the airport have been negative but that does not mean they are virus free.

    • Anonymous says:

      We are not….we have two cases.

      Now if we had pre testing 3 days before travel we may be!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Surely the headline should read “Patient with an illness that required hospitalization also has Covid-19. Without the unrelated illness forcing hospitalization, no one would know the person has Covid19. The charade needs to end!

  13. Paul Black says:

    WHO says up to 10% of global population has had covid.

    This means real death rate is less than 0.02%

    Average age of people who die of covid is older than the average life expectancy in US.

    Only 6% of people who died from covid didnt have pre existing conditions like obeseity.

    Yet we continue to destroy Cayman’s economy for what? The sniffles?

    • Anonymous says:

      You make it sound like all obese people deserve to die soon. Trump has basically said the same, despite his body mass index.

    • Anonymous says:

      Finance and construction are propping up our economy right now, so why would you want to risk a large outbreak that would shut down those sectors?

      • Anonymous says:

        Finance was never shut down. Sales, not building, determine the success of construction.

        • Anonymous says:

          Exactly! They keep building…but there will be no buyers…

          • Anonymous says:

            Sad but true. Alot of for sale signs around. People trying to get out while they still can with some change in their pocket.

    • Anonymous says:

      Forget it Paul. The reason we end up with such dumb politicians is because democracy allows so many uneducated people to vote. There’a no talking sense to such people.

      • Anonymous says:

        Because you are SO educated

        • Anonymous says:

          omg LOL “I know you are but what am I?”

          THAT is what you sound like. You just left off calling the person a name!

      • Anonymous says:

        Sweet…. you are one intelligent little thing under the bridge.

      • Anon says:

        There is a big difference between education and high cognitive ability (IQ). Formal education of a really stupid person has little effect. On the other hand, a really bright person can pick up a remarkable amount of information from observation, reading, and the like, without any education at all. A high IQ person can also apply knowledge and experience in a more effective manner.

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