Keep Calm and Carry On: Using the Numbers to Help us Live with COVID-19

In the practice of medicine, when we gather information it is with the goal of identifying problems and finding solutions to these problems. A good doctor rarely gathers information simply for the sake of recording it. When we gather numerical data like temperature readings, or numbers of people diagnosed with an infectious disease, often we …

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COVID-19: Challenges to keeping calm and carrying on

On March 10, 2020, as I heard the news that Jamaica had its first COVID-19 positive patient I felt a knot of fear in my gut. Memories of the chik-V epidemic, and the Ebola threat made me wonder if we could cope with this new threat. With the first press briefing that followed the announcement …

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Baby Sisters, Birthdays and Buckets of Tea

One summer afternoon, more than 4 decades ago, a 3 year old little girl watched her mummy and her new baby sister sleeping on the bed. The recently fed baby girl had her tiny fists tightly curled and the 3 year old took one of the tiny fists in her own little hand. It was …

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Keep Calm and Carry On : Quarantine and Isolation

In preparation for the arrival of COVID-19, we incorporated hand hygiene, cough etiquette and social distancing into our daily routines. Now that the disease has landed on our shores, we need to become familiar with quarantine and isolation. Currently, in Jamaica, confirmed COVID-19 patients are isolated in health facilities. We also have patients in quarantine …

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Keeping Calm and Carrying on: Preparing for COVID-19 in Jamaica

As of March 9, 2020, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are 109,577 confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide. So far Jamaica has no confirmed cases but it is likely that we will get our first case very soon. The news headlines and information circulating on social media are frightening. Although fear and anxiety …

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Birthdays Past and Present

  Two months ago my older daughter, Rajini celebrated her 19th birthday. This was her second birthday away from her family. When she was at home, my thoughts at this time would have been focused on planning the birthday party because this daughter is the one who enjoys gatherings of family and friends combined with …

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