COVID patient remains on ventilator

| 20/10/2020 | 36 Comments
Cayman News Service
Cayman Islands Hospital, George Town

(CNS): One person who was admitted to hospital around two weeks ago suffering from symptoms of coronavirus after testing positive for COVID-19 remains in hospital on a ventilator, officials have now confirmed. The patient is one of three people with symptoms who have tested positive for the virus; the other two have only mild symptoms and are recovering in isolation. On Tuesday there were no new cases of the virus in batch of 238 tests.

In total there are 20 active cases of the virus among travellers currently in government quarantine or in home-isolation, and almost three weeks after the full introduction of the geofencing technology that allows people to isolate at home when they return, there has been no community transmission of COVID-19.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Where the Trumpettes at? Covid fake, right!?

    • Anonymous says:

      Didn’t seem to affect the obese, overweight Orange one, or anyone around him.

    • Anonymous says:

      No more fake than the regular flu is fake and kills 100’s of thousands around the word each year. But we don’t destroy economies and people lives over it every flu season now do we?

      You blistering hysterical moron.

      CNS: Amid pandemic, U.S. has seen 300,000 ‘excess deaths,’ with highest rates among people of color
      This is worth reading. Also take into account that many who survive have long lasting and possibly permanent effects – no one knows yet. The number is predicted to be 400,000 before the end of the year. This is not just the flu.

      • Anonymous says:

        The 300,000 is above the average but is not higher than some of the prior years included in the average. In other words it falls in the same range as prior years. It would be nice if everyone was not cherry-picking their figures to fit their narrative.

        CNS: I don’t think you understand the stats. There’s the expected (average if you like) number of deaths, and then 300,000 people on top of that. From the CDC, which produced the excess deaths data: “Percent of expected deaths is the number of deaths for all causes for this week in 2020 compared to the average number across the same week in 2017–2019.” In other words, the CDC uses a statistical model (which you can find in full here), based on the previous three years of mortality data, incorporating seasonal trends as well as adjustments for data-reporting delays. So, not cherry picking.

        What you are likely referring to is the spike in deaths in the winter of 2017/2018, when there was an unusually virulent flu strain. However, according to the CDC, an estimated 61,000 people in the US died of the flu that season. This is why all public health experts apart from the cranks on the fringes (who are given an outsized platform on rightwing media and social media) are saying that Covid is very different from the flu, not only because the number of deaths is already nearly five times higher than the worst outbreak of flu in recent years but because, unlike flu, it is becoming increasingly clear that there are often long term effects for survivors.

  2. Anonymous says:

    CI Govt needs to acknowledge and implement LAMP testing authorities immediately.
    Heathrow Airport are now using this new and accurate testing process immediately prior to travelling and gives a certificate that avoids two week quarantine on arrival.

  3. Anonymous says:

    What part of Medical Confidence do you idiots not understand. I’m sure if this person was able and so inclined to share their personal medical information, they would. Until then, mind your own damn business. One sad case isn’t an indication of wide spread danger so calm down.

    • Say it like it is says:

      12.15pm This person has not been identified and never will be.So what’s the problem with advising if the had a pre existing condition. This is in the public interest as if he did not then we all have something to worry about.
      You are entitled to your opinion but not to calling people idiots.

    • Anonymous says:

      Confidentiality….darn autocorrect

  4. Anonymous says:

    Reports now showing that a ventilator should be a last ditch effort because of the long term damage a ventilator causes.

    • Anonymous says:

      Ventilation is a continuum of possible oxygen-delivery procedures to overcome life-threatening hypoxia. Saving a life, when patients become hypoxic with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), is what doctors are obliged to do. Sorry if this offends the demented logic of armchair experts with alarmist theories on when, why and how, career medical professionals deploy oxygen-enriched air into critically-impaired respiratory airways, to keep patient’s brain and other organs alive. Sorry if some of these life-saving procedures leave 3 minutes of elastic band or mask face marks. Some people are all too eager to second guess these heroes until they or their loved ones are needing the same care they criticize.

      • Anonymous says:

        1:12 Read the reports. It’s not a case of simply putting the patient on the ventilator and feeding them oxygen, they have to be placed in a induced coma. They end up with a lot more than, ‘3 minutes of elastic band or mask face marks.’

      • Anonymous says:

        Point is that XXXX

        CNS: Ventilators are not used to treat covid now as much as in the early days of the pandemic as the medical community found alternative treatments, but they are still used. New rule in the comments: No amateur diagnosing actual patients. Even if you are a doctor, you are not this patient’s doctor and you don’t know any details.

        • Anonymous says:

          Then articles like this one should not appear. Serves no point other than fear mongering.

          CNS: Don’t be silly. Just because I am putting a stop to armchair doctors does not mean that people don’t have the right to know what’s going on.

          If people would listen to their doctors who get their continued education credits “attending” irrelevant “health” conferences, like the recent one in Cayman, earth’s population would decline really fast. They’re are decades behind in the latest research and clinical developments.

          Nothing is wrong with expressing an opinion on medical treatments.

          CNS: Generally, no. About a specific patient, yes.

          As a side note, October is Dysautonomia month. How many doctors know what Dysautonomia is? Do they know there are 1-3mil people in the US alone have Dysautonomia and the numbers are growing. 1 in 100 teenage girls has Dysautonomia. They are misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. I was misdiagnosed by a Caymanian doctor who brushed it off on anxiety. She is in a private practice now. Thanks to HSA doctor Lewis who sent me to Miami for tilt table test ( it could be done now at Health City) I was properly diagnosed.
          I now know more about Dysautonomia than any doctor in Cayman. I have just participated in a virtual annual conference. 4 days/8 hours presentations.
          So if I want to express my opinion on a treatment or a diagnosis it would be rejected? Even though my current occupation being on disability with Dysautonomia is medical research?

          CNS: That is not at all what I said. In fact, it would be very interesting and possibly helpful to others who have been similarly misdiagnosed if you wrote more fully about your experiences. I would publish it right here as a viewpoint.

          Being a doctor today means very little, unless one is a TRUE doctor. Anyone can prescribe pills and request scans. Try to diagnose a patient by actually examining him.
          So your new policy isn’t fair to the family of a patient, at least. Blindly trusting a doctor(s) can lead to loosing a loved one. Nick Cordera, Canadian actor anyone?
          People must be able to express their opinions so a patient or his family could request treatments evaluation and seek second, third opinions.

          CNS: I am very sorry about your illness. It still does not qualify you to diagnose this patient or suggest treatment. As well as not being a doctor and not having any expertise in covid treatment, you are not privy to the discussions of this patient’s doctors and the decisions they have made or the medical details of this patient. The family has access to the internet if they choose to seek information.

          • Anonymous says:

            Wait until the world WAKES UP to the bacterial problem that’s coming for us. You think this virus is bad, just wait. And what, who will the world blame for that? President Trump?? Or the hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals that refuse to listen, let alone pay attention. Don’t date blame the drug companies, there are plenty small one trying, but they can’t compete in a broken system.
            Ever have a child treated for strep throat? Usually a day or two of antibiotics can treat it. Now, fast forward a few years and that same child will have life-long orthopedic issues or potential organ failure.
            Or, ever have a UTI? Same thing, oral antibiotics will no longer work and you’ll be in the hospital hopefully not fighting for your life while being treated with a last-line antibiotic.
            This is real and it doesn’t seem to garner much attention.
            But when it happens, “someone” will be to blame, even though the world experts have known for over a decade now.

          • Anonymous says:

            Here it is for the viewpoint: XXX

            CNS: I actually created a new category, “My Life in Cayman”, as it didn’t quite fit as a viewpoint. However, it was very interesting and may very well help someone. I’m so sorry this happened to you and hope that medical science can cure this one day.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Any info on age and/or pre-existing conditions?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hope he/she recovers soon.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Look for another hard curfew lock down by the end Of this year. by letting in people from. Ja, UK & USA, so sad and bad

    • Anonymous says:

      very possibly…
      why we let people get here without a negative test is beyond belief…
      and then to trust them and their family and friends not to interact when ‘home quarantining’ is an act of pure stupidity.

    • Anonymous says:

      Let me guess! You are retired with all the money you need to live, or this pandemic has not affected your job and you still getting your full pay, or you have no love ones that is in need to travel for medical reasons??? Stop being so negative, the government is doing a great job at controlling this pandemic but it can’t go on like this forever. People have lost their jobs and are hungry so we need to continue to do a slow opening!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Heartbreaking, I hope that they make a full recovery very soon!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Please list this persons pre existing conditions and age.

    • anon says:

      9.13pm I’m sure I read at the outset that the ventilator case had a pre-existing condition. Can we get this confirmed as that would have a major affect on his prognosis.

  10. Anonymous says:

    When was the patient last tested for Covid?

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