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  1. Today's bulletin from the Ministry of health disclosed a new project focused on oxygen therapy. Working with the Chamber of Commerce (!) a team composed of doctor, nurse and first aid technician will visit symptomatic Covid victims thought to be at risk of severe complications, and adminster oxygen therapy. This in the metropolitan zone of Panama. I hope they introduce it promptly in Chiriqui. The growing use of corticosteroid methylprednisolone (powerful anti-inflammatory), the recent re-introduction of hydroxylchloroquine as a prophylactic, and now tentative steps to provide oxygen
  2. The latest bulletin is also obscure. it states that "the Ministry and the Social Security administration are moving ahead with the acquisition of new medicines. The new strategy, based on several actions, includes the minister's decision to declare without effect the decision taken May 26 to prevent their use." The medicines are not specified. I had to check. May 26 was the day that the Ministry banned the use of hydroxylchlorquine, chloroquine, and azithromycin as treatment/prophylactic drugs for the coronavirus.
  3. The latest bulletin from the Ministry of Health displays some motion, a nice change from the frozen posture of the past. News items of greatest interest to me: 1) Starting tomorrow, July 22, hydroxylcholroquine may be prescribed, at the discretion of the treating doctor. (Comment: nice to see some news about therapies and treatment, rather than total focus on transmission and contagion). 2) Due to an increase in the Rt transmission measure in the provinces of Colon, Chiriqui, and Bocas del Toro, curfew will be enforced in those provinces: starts at 7pm Monday through Friday and is tot
  4. From panatimes.com another hint that the authorities are putting their emphasis on contagion and transmission, rather than on therapies and immunity: Minsa evaluates applying total quarantine on weekends in Colón, Chiriquí and Bocas del Toro Health Minister Luis Francisco Sucre announced on Friday 17 July that they are evaluating the possibility of applying the total quarantine on weekends in the provinces of Colón, Chiriquí and Bocas del Toro in light of the increase in cases of COVID-19. Here is an official picture of the heat-sensing drone deployed in the province o
  5. Fatalities surged again, big-time. I don't read about any analysis of the therapies and protocols used to treat the COVID-19 patients. It's all about contagion and transmission. I wonder if the Panama authorities have implemented any of the approaches that seem to be successful elsewhere, based on corticosteroids, direct oxygenation, anticoagulants, and avoiding the use of ventilators. In any event, it doesn't look promising for an early relaxation of sanitation measures... In
  6. DRONE SURVEILLANCE! Per today's bulletin from the Ministry of Health: Luis Francisco Sucre, Minister of Health, accompanied by Ivor Pitti, Vice-Minister of Security, inaugurated on Friday the operations center for control and community traceability of COVID-19 in the province of Cocle. Drones of the Enterprise model will be used to detect persons who have elevated temperature and who are circulating on the streets and neighborhoods. The drones are high-tech and calibrated to record the temperature in real time and to locate its target. A person identified to have high temperat
  7. I agree that using masks is mandatory, because of the rulings of the authorities. I also agree that nurses and other medical professionals who work in dangerous environments such as hospitals need to wear masks and scrub often. Dismissing the data in the article without addressing the numerous studies cited in it by attacking the author is a failure of critical thinking called ad hominem argument, and is unconvincing. I'll add a couple of thoughts... The C19 virus seems to be mutating (not unexpected, it's what they do) so the effectiveness of any vaccine is likely to be limited. Even a v
  8. A serious research paper, ten pages including at least 20 article citations, refutes the mask theory (except for the N95). THE RESEARCH IS CONCLUSIVE: MASKS AND RESPIRATORS DO NOT PREVENT THE TRANSMISSION OF VIRUSES Dr. Denis G Rancourt, PhD researchgate.net Mon, 20 Apr 2020 20:47 UTC Abstract Masks and respirators do not work. 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 illnes
  9. I consider wearing my mask to be mostly a non-optional fashion statement. We exhale saturated vapor (100% relative humidity) and there are millions of small (sub-micron) condensate drops in every breath. If you are infected, those drops carry huge numbers of virons, enough to infect another person. None of these particles is filtered in either direction by anything less than an N95 mask. The US CDC publishes a journal titled “Emerging Infectious Diseases” and the May, 2020 issue carries an article stating that in 14 randomized controlled trials covering four influenza pandemics,
  10. I believe it is reasonable to expect more posts of this kind. The degree of malnutrition of the Panamanian population has been massively increased due to the shutdown of the economy. Confinement has reduced vitamin D production, and wearing of masks negatively affected the blood saturation levels of oxygen and CO2. Widespread stress in addition to those physiological damages. All of which weaken the individual and collective immune systems. Measles, mumps, scarlet fever, even smallpox are some of the words that may return to the daily vocabulary.
  11. The bus companies that serve the Panama City-Boquete route shut down completely at the time of the quarantine declaration. I see several of the jitney buses serving Chiriqui routes, and folks waiting (with social separation) at the bus stop shelters. This was posted on facebook back in March:
  12. Yes, and there are another three tropical waves marching in sequence behind this one. They are about 3 days' apart, depending on their speed across the Atlantic and the Caribbean. The three weather charts posted below are 24-hour, 48-hour, and 72-hour looks ahead. They show the expected progression of the tropical waves. The major wind/precipitation occurs with and behind the wave, so it looks like Monday and Tuesday will be quite wet in Western Panama. Tropical Waves.pdf
  13. The report I read said that the police had let the protest through one of the roadblocks when a driver quoted the Panamanian Constitution. They only stopped the protest when it neared Casco Viejo, where the Presidential Palace is located. The relevant article is Article 38:
  14. Today's COVID-19 statistics release by the Ministry of health includes a record high of new cases and a return of daily deaths to the two-month average of 5. (The youngest of today's five was age 65). Here is the chart of daily new cases, without comment: (from https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/panama/ ) The rate of new cases is not the only matter that seems to be accelerating. I read of more and shriller contentiousness about the epidemic and Panama's policies. The economic impact has caused the alcoholic beverage industry to make a very public appeal to l
  15. Moderator properly asks me to name the source of the above graph. It is FT.com, the online presence of the UK's Financial Times publication. Financial Times is a serious business newspaper. My Bad. I had mentioned the source when I posted this graph to a couple of other platforms, and just got sloppy as the evening wore on. I present my apologies. James
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