Dashboard Update for January 20, 2022)
The most recent report received by the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment revealed seventy-four (74) new laboratory confirmed COVID-19 cases in Antigua and Barbuda as of Saturday 15th January, 2022 at 6pm.
Two hundred and forty-four (244) samples were processed.
One hundred and thirty-two (132) recovered cases were recorded.
One (1) Covid-19 related death was recorded at the Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre.
Consequently, the total number of persons with laboratory confirmed COVID-19 cases in Antigua and Barbuda is five thousand eight hundred and fifteen (5,815); which is inclusive of one thousand one hundred and ninety-two (1,192) active cases.
There are fifteen (15) hospitalized cases; two (2) severe, seven (7) moderate and six (6) mild.
The dashboard has been updated to reflect these changes.
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Can the PM please make a public statement about how great these huge numbers are, including the deaths, because it means we will soon reach herd immunity? Also I would assume the PM is a little disappointed that the case numbers are not a lot higher.
Though you all said they are much higher than that but they have been under reporting. Sorry I missed when the script changed.
Here’s an interesting statistic from the dashboard – 20% of all the 5815 detected cases for the last two years were infected in the last few weeks. This is actually the exact opposite of what happens when you achieve herd immunity. Herd immunity slows down new infection because the virus can’t find new hosts to infect.
Yesterday alone, almost 3.7 million people were diagnosed with Covid infection. That’s the worst rate of infection in the entire pandemic. Deaths rose to above 9,400 in a day. The worst rate was twice that and was from a lot less infected people, but dead is still dead. It adds up. 9000 in a day becomes 270,000 in a month.
We now live in a world of nearly 8 billion humans. The 1918 flu pandemic lasted about two years… with a world population of just 1.8 billion. It should be no surprise that we’re still seeing growing infection numbers with each wave instead of the decreasing numbers seen as a pandemic waned in the past. It may just be that previous pandemic patterns no longer apply in a world of 8 billion people. That hasn’t stopped countries like the UK from planning to abandon all attempts to monitor or control the virus, including abandoning the wearing of masks. They will trust the people, they say. Sorry, my money’s on the virus. Humans are weak minded. Folks will pretend that this is like the flu. The flu is mild. This will become mild too. Turns out we really do live in the matrix. There’s no such thing as mild infection. It’s the immune system that saves you or harms you or ends you when you get a viral infection. The virus doesn’t actually directly kill you most of the time. Centuries ago, Europeans set sail across the Atlantic bringing disease with them. Those mild diseases wiped out entire populations because the indigenous people never experienced these diseases before.
So mild doesn’t really exist. It’s all about the extent that your immune system is familiar with what’s infecting you and the extent to which it can react or hyper react in its response. If the virus continues to change as rapidly as has been, every new version of this virus may not be experienced as mild. We got lucky with omicron simply because omicron uses a mechanism of cell entry that favors the upper respiratory tract over alveolar infection, unlike delta and the variants we’ve become familiar with. But omicron is not related to delta, it’s a deviation from the original variants that remained hidden from our surveillance for the past year. It doesn’t represent the future of the virus. The next variant is just as likely to be more like delta, since that is the version of the virus that jumped to animals such as cats, dogs, minks and now US deer and may jump back someday as something very different and therefore dangerous. This virus is nature’s wake up call. We’ve been pretending that our species is somehow above nature’s reach.
Excellent reporting AJ… well researched, logical and informed. 10/10 ✔
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