Covid19 Updates from the SSTC's Nurse's Desk (Ep 4))

Returning to work after “Stay at home” order

As at May 27, 2020, there are 564 confirmed cases of Covid19 in Jamaica. Our imported cases have risen to 65, following the repatriation of many Jamaican cruise ship workers from overseas. Many persons are scared. The Jamaican borders had been closed after the first few cases and an entire community quarantined in the earlier phases of the pandemic. Now, we are on the verge of reopening our country and thinking of opening our borders with the number at 564.

Don’t be overly worried. Bear in mind that of the 564 cases, 267 have recovered.  This represents an almost 50% recovery rate. The remaining 288 active cases range from asymptomatic to mild symptoms. These cases are in isolation and are being monitored. As of today we have recorded 1 critical case...

Covid19 Updates From the SSTC's Nurse's Desk (Ep 2)

To mask or not to mask! 

The Coronavirus (COVID 19) is new. Scientists around the world are still learning new things in real time. As you may recall, the WHO (World Health Organization) reported in January that the virus is not airborne hence no need for masks. This has now been revised, however, and the experts have now declared that the virus remains airborne for at least 8 hours.  If you have been following international news, to date all around the world people are wearing masks.  

Jamaica has recorded 252 confirmed cases, most of which are workplace related.  Of this figure, only 34 cases are imported. In BPOs/Call Centres, hundreds of persons are in small spaces, using and are sharing the same equipment and devices. The only proven behaviour that will prevent you from touching your face or to stop droplets from spreading is the wearing of facial masks. In addition, our health authority has now declared that wearing masks is mandatory. I have personally observed that numerous persons have been wearing their masks incorrectly. It is important that the mask be properly worn, installed and removed in order to maximize safety.  If your mask is removed from your nose and m...