Herd Immunity Welcome

Herd Immunity Welcome

Why is everyone in such as rush to praise the Lord for us being” Rona Free”, you should say, “zero active cases,” because we are NOT Covid19 free.

And the MinPres in her Friday press conference corrected the glorifying press release published by the MinTour, claiming the credit for slaying the beast.

In reality, we must wait until June 6th when those in quarantine from Colombia, which some aren’t respecting, finish their 14-day captivity.

What if someone tests positive among them within the next few days?

But the MinTour is in a rush, push, push, critical economic situation requires pushing the borders open.

Please don’t.

It will be reckless and irresponsible if after slowing the virus down and killing the economy and SAVING LIVES, you will be throwing it all away, for the charm of the dollar.

I totally agree that the economy is critical, but you must pay attention to what science and healthcare are saying.

No active cases is a function of testing.

No testing = no new active cases.

I bet if you continued to test aggressively, you’d find asymptomatic individuals, up to 30% of our population.

The fact that you have no active cases means you are not testing enough.

I used to resent the busy-bodies in the supermarket paying no attention to where the arrows were pointing. I really wanted them to help slow the spread so that our health system doesn’t get overrun.

Now, I say, bless you, go ahead, get the virus, you fool, hug, kiss, congregate, our health system is ready to receive the next wave, and we will get to HERD IMMUNITY faster, thanks to your carelessness.

But really, it is not advisable. Covi19 is a mysterious disease, a serious one, with lots of complications and many unanswered questions.

In order to reach the coveted herd immunity, we need at least 60%-70% of our population immune, blessed with antibodies, having in the past contracted the virus, with or without symptoms.

With 60%-70% of Arubans who have developed immunity because of prior infection, the virus will still be able to circulate among those with weakened immune systems, but most of the population will be protected.

We cannot wait for a vaccine. SARS and MERS both respiratory syndrome-related coronaviruses are still without one, so safety measures are called for, and by now you know what they are.

Older adults, people with health conditions such as diabetes, chronic lung disease, or cancer, and people with weakened immune systems, must be super careful.

The young ones? Let them hug.

Herd Immunity will follow.

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May 30, 2020
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