Five people suffering COVID symptoms

| 08/12/2020 | 28 Comments

(CNS): One more traveller was added to the tally of people who have tested positive for the COVID-19 in Cayman on Tuesday, bringing the total 291. There are currently 24 active case and five of those people are now said to be suffering from symptoms of the virus. No one is in hospital as a result of COVID-19, but public health officials have said nothing about the health of those who are symptomatic.

The latest positive case is in an individual who is said to be asymptomatic and, along with 1,356 others, will remain in isolation until fully recovered.

Meanwhile, as Cayman waits on its first supplies of a COVID-19 vaccine from the UK, which is expected shortly, the Health Services Authority has run out of flu vaccines.

“The uptake of the vaccine this year has been higher than previous years with 4,000 administered,” said Medical Officer of Health Dr Samuel Williams-Rodriguez. “An additional 2,000 vaccines have been on order and are awaiting delivery. Once the additional vaccines arrive, we will resume community outreach and flu vaccines in our general practice clinics.”

He said the reported flu cases this season remains low. An average of 21 people per week reported influenza-like illnesses in November, which is significantly lower than previous flu seasons.

“Last November …we had a weekly average of 123 flu cases per week,” Dr Williams-Rodriguez said. “We can see that the many efforts of COVID-19 safety protocols and the reduction of travel has had a significant positive impact on persons health.”

People with flu symptoms are reminded to first contact the 24-hour Flu Hotline to speak to a health professional about their symptoms prior to visiting the flu clinic.

Contact 1-800-534-8600, 345-947-3077 or

The dedicated Flu Clinic is located at the Cayman Islands Hospital in the area previously occupied by the Physiotherapy Department, left of A&E.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Anyone here, other that Dr. McCarron, still singing the praises of Sweden?

  2. Anonymous says:

    the virus uses the nasopharynx as a gateway to the brain. There are many ways to sanitize nasopharynx- antiviral essential oils inhalation and gargling, sea salt and iodine solutions gargling and, colloidal silver sprays, oxolinic ointment ( OTC ), and many others. Different countries have different folk remedies. The goal is to prevent the virus getting into your brain, for it might cause many neurological issues down the road called “long COVID”. There’s a theory that those who lost sense of smell already have it in their brain, then it all depends on body’s fighting abilities. Simple measure mentioned above could significantly reduce risk of long COVID even if you get it. I personally add just a fraction, not even one drop, of thyme or essential oregano oil into oxylinic ointment one spread inside my nose. The problem is to find authentic oils, 95%of which sold online or in stores are fake. Young living oils and Floracopeia the only 2 brands that I trust. The others might sell authentic oils, but they dilute it. EdendGarden is one of those brands. They are good in cosmetology and in aromatherapy. Oils sold on Amazon are 99% fake. So use iodine solution (1drop to 19 drops of water) instead. I hear garlic is also great.

    • Anonymous says:

      Here is another solution for you that works just as well as what you suggest. First put a dead chicken in a paper bag. Then swing the bag over your head for 10 minutes 3 times a day while singing Mary had a Little Lamb as loudly as you can. Guaranteed to keep everyone away from you at least while you are singing thereby reducing your Covid risk.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Not that we should be congratulating ourselves for allowing so many infected people to get on planes and fly here, but we are still a lot better off than Bermuda that as of yesterday had 98 active cases most of which are community spread resulting from their lax quarantine rules.

    Thank goodness we have a 14 day quarantine period or with the number of people flying in we would be in a worse mess than Bermuda!

    • Anonymous says:

      We would be better off with 72 hour test before, then isolation for 8 days and test again!

      • Anonymous says:

        No it would not! That protocol would allow approximately 20% of the people who became infected in the interval between the first test and the second to be released into the community to cause community spread.

        Please provide a link to any credible scientific evidence that your suggestion would not produce a disaster.

        • Anonymous says:

          Can you not read?
          I said Isolate for 8 days after arrival and test again.
          Science says that day 8 after posable exposure is the best day to minimise false negatives NOT day 14!

          • Anonymous says:

            What science? please provide a link to a WHO page or a CDC page or an ECDC page or a peer reviewed journal article. Otherwise anybody can post any s$&^ and claim it is “science”

        • Anonymous says:

          Got to MIT Medical or ANY approved Lab that does PCR testing fact sheet.
          They all say the same 5 to 8 days after posable exposure is the optimum time to test!

          Based on our current knowledge, that window would be approximately five to seven days after a probable exposure.

          • Anonymous says:

            You seem to miss the point that the object of the testing we are doing is to prevent Covid getting into the community rather than simply identifying false negative results.
            If we wanted to detect the distribution of Sars-CoV2 positivity we could test every day for 15 days and we might find that the largest number of true positives (smallest number of false negatives) was found somewhere around day 8. That does not mean that other people would not test true positive after day 8 as their viral load increased.
            The safest protocol out there in terms of preventing Covid community spread is the one we are using with 14 days isolation and testing on day 15. That should keep more than 95% of infected people from interacting with the community. If you want to add day 8 testing to what we are doing now there would be little harm other than cost and inconviance and some additional discomfort for those isolating. However we would be crazy to decrease the current 14 day quarantine period.

      • Anonymous says:

        Better to open the borders. Westin just let go 100 workers. What is coming next?

      • Anonymous says:

        72 hours test before allowing people on the planes, and if negative then they can come. Test again on arrival and ISOLATION for 14 days and test again.

      • Anonymous says:

        You clearly have no idea of the rationale for a quarantine or any knowledge of virology. Quarantine is to minimize transmission of a virus that can have a long incubation period in some people and can take 14 days or longer to be detectable using PCR or any other form of testing.

        Testing at 8 days would miss a high percentage of positive cases that appear between day 8 and day 14. If you want to quarantine for 14 days and test on days 1, 8 and 15 then I would agree with you but turning people loose to spread the virus after day 8 would be a disaster.

  4. Anonymous says:

    24 cases is a lot. That number could have been significantly less if we used our common sense and required day of departure airport testing.

    • Anonymous says:

      The test is brief but uncomfortable. Can’t split apart inbound families if one of the kids is positive. PCR requires lab conditions, equipment and skilled technicians. We were using two or three labs at one point. Rapid test kits are less reliable and would have a higher error rate where positives would still slip through and into quarantine. Cost.

      • Anonymous says:

        Why cant we split up inbounds. EVERY other country that requires a RT-PCR test does OR the whole group does not travel.

        • Anonymous says:

          Yes, this would be a deterrent to family groups coming, would make the entire group be more careful before flying!

  5. Anonymous says:

    “Symptomatic” is probably a better description. “Suffering from symptoms” seems a bit dramatic.

  6. McCarron McLaughlin says:

    Whatever happened to people with a cold or did they just changed the name to Covid “Coronavirus”?

    • BeaumontZodecloun says:

      In our current bubble of “no-virus”, we should escape the seasonal flu, as well as the common cold; contrary to conventional mythology, neither just pop up or are caused by cold weather. Both of those are transmitted by contagious people.

      • Anonymous says:

        True but with thousands arriving each month some of whom are no doubt infected with influenza or other viruses that we do not test for it is inevitable that non-Covid viruses will spread here.

        • McCarron McLaughlin says:

          6:45am brilliant point
          During the 2019-2020 influenza season, CDC estimates that influenza was associated with 38 million illnesses, 18 million medical visits, 405,000 hospitalizations, and 22,000 deaths, now extrapolate these numbers on global scale?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Suffering my ass.

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