Category Archives: Health / Environment

Guyana: COVID-19: Mining shut down; movement in Regions 1 and 7 blocked as cases rise

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In the wake of a steep rise in coronavirus cases in Region One (Barima-Waini) and Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), government has shut off several mining sites, residential areas and businesses.  “All mining operations shall cease,” the amended order states.

The Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association has said the spike in COVID-19 cases has very little to do with miners but with other workers at landings where miners dwell as well as movement of people across Guyana’s porous borders.        Continue reading

SCIENCE: Will the Sahara Dust Plume Help or Hurt Us? – National Geographic

TRAVEL: Guyana among countries to be allowed under strict criteria to enter EU

Guyana among countries to be allowed under strict criteria to enter EU

The list has already aroused controversy after sources revealed that the United States – the worst-affected country worldwide by COVID-19 with more than 2.4 million cases, is on the following list.    Continue reading

Medical: Learning From the COVID-19 Failure — Before the Next Outbreak Arrives

Chronicle of a Pandemic Foretold –

Michael T. Osterholm and Mark Olshaker – HEADS OF STATE 

“Time is running out to prepare for the next pandemic. We must act now with decisiveness and purpose. Someday, after the next pandemic has come and gone, a commission much like the 9/11 Commission will be charged with determining how well government, business, and public health leaders prepared the world for the catastrophe when they had clear warning. WHAT WILL BE THE VERDICT?” 

That is from the concluding paragraph of an essay entitled “Preparing for the Next Pandemic” that one of us, Michael Osterholm, published in Foreign Affairs in 2005. The next pandemic has now come, and even though COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus that emerged in late 2019, is far from gone, it is not too soon to reach a verdict on the world’s collective preparation. THAT VERDICT IS A DAMNING ONE.            Continue reading

COVID-19: DO MASKS WORK? A Review Of Science Relevant To Social Policy

April 2020 — Ontario Civil Liberties Association – D. G. Rancourt

KN95 Mask


There have been extensive randomized controlled trial (RCT) studies, and meta-analysis reviews of RCT studies, which all show that masks and respirators do not work to prevent respiratory influenza-like illnesses, or respiratory illnesses believed to be transmitted by droplets and aerosol particles.

Furthermore, the relevant known physics and biology, which I review, are such that masks and respirators should not work. It would be a paradox if masks and respirators worked, given what we know about viral respiratory diseases: The main transmission path is long-residence-time aerosol particles (< 2.5μm), which are too fine to be blocked, and the minimum-infective-dose is smaller than one aerosol particle.      Continue reading

The Father of Modern Gynecology Performed Horrible Experiments on Slaves – HISTORT Magazine

He was a Medical Trailblazer – But at what cost?

James Sims

By: Brynn Holland – HISTORY Magazine

James Marion Sims developed pioneering tools and surgical techniques related to women’s reproductive health.  He is credited as the “father of modern gynecology.” The 19th-century physician has been lionized with statues in New York City, South Carolina and Pennsylvania.

But because Sims’ research was conducted on enslaved Black women without anesthesia, medical ethicists, historians and others have called for those monuments to be removed—or for them to be reconfigured as tributes to the enslaved women known to have endured his experiments.


COVID-19: 322 Guyanese returned home on Friday June 19, 2020 from NYC and Caribbean

─ brought home aboard Eastern and Caribbean Airlines  

Friday afternoon saw the single largest arrival of Guyanese at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).

The diverse group of 322 citizens who were stranded in Trinidad and Barbados, returned home aboard two flights from Eastern and Caribbean Airlines. Here are some comments from passengers.

All passengers have been screened by the health authorities and must observe a seven day quarantine.

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COVID-19 Reveals Surprising Reality – Fatality rate like Seasonal Flu

Sara Middleton, staff writer June 14, 2020

covid-19-fatality-rate(NaturalHealth365) We can be sensitive to the fact that an unknown pandemic illness should be handled with care and caution. But it’s hard not to be disillusioned when finding out that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the respiratory illness COVID-19, appears to be far less deadly than previously believed.  In fact, new nonprofit research indicates that the fatality rate of COVID-19 isn’t all that much different than the fatality rate of the seasonal flu.

The reason we’re finding out more about COVID-19 as time goes on is because of increased antibody testing and other investigative measures that are beginning to draw some answers. Such answers can’t come soon enough, as far as we’re concerned – not when the threat of mass vaccine programs with a rapidly developed drug is bearing down on the global public.            Continue reading

OPINION: When Will Life Return to Normal? – Visual Capitalist


When Will Life Return to Normal?  (See graphic chart below)

From battles on the front lines to social distancing from friends and family, COVID-19 has caused a massive shake-up of our daily lives.

After second-guessing everything from hugging our loved ones to delaying travel, there is one big question that everyone is likely thinking about: will we ever get back to the status quo? The answer may not be very clear-cut.

Today’s graphic uses data from New York Times’ interviews of 511 epidemiologists and infectious disease specialists from the U.S. and Canada, and visualizes their opinions on when they might expect to resume a range of typical activities.    Continue reading

COVID-19: Travel guidelines issued for repatriating Guyanese

−  Rapid test results NOT accepted      −  Seven days quarantine upon return

Photo: Arriving passengers arriving being sanitised upon entry at CJIA

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Guyanese who have been stranded in several countries due to the onset of COVID-19 are being repatriated. As this has now become possible several guidelines must be followed to ensure their safety as well as the Guyanese population upon their return.

The most important of these regulations is that upon their return passengers are to adhere to a strict seven-day quarantine.            Continue reading

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