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adminee
3/2/2020 08:45 EST

We are starting a thread for expats in Jamaica to share information and concerns about Coronavirus. If you would like to post an update and let others know what is happening in your area, we encourage you to do so. What type of precautions are being taken at airports? medical facilities? schools? If you are being told by authorities to make any preparations, what are they telling you.

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Iriestar68
3/2/2020 12:23 EST

Outside of banned flights and cruise ship passengers being screened, nothing is happening because nothing needs to happen.

If people would follow proper hand hygiene, proper cough and sneeze protocol the likelihood of getting this virus is about the same as getting influenza A which is going around the island like wildfire.

No need to panic or instill panic into people... the media is trying to do a great job of that already.

The MOH is doing what they can to protect us citizens.,, but we have to protect ourselves as well and do as I said above.

I’m interested is seeing what others have to say on this matter.

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Gardis
3/2/2020 19:53 EST

Great post Iriestar. You nailed it - I can't speak for Jamaica (I lived there for 10 years in the 90's, ran a factory in the now defunct Free Zone), but here in the USA the media is determined to whip up a panic amongst the population in hopes of toppling the President. Pure and simple. Yes - wash hands, don't touch the face with fingers - great advice, and the same advice given to us by Dr. Fauci of the Centers for Disease :Control.

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blessingsdevine
3/4/2020 10:35 EST

Hello I live in Toronto but travel to Jamaica very often. There is panic here now they are disinfecting all public transportation buses, trains etc. People are stacking up on food and hygienic products are leaving shelves quickly or rationed.

Jamaica is a blessed nation and can survive this storm. It too shall pass.

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Iriestar68
3/21/2020 11:07 EST

How many is you left the island?

The airports and seaports are closed.. it’s about time!!

The cases we have, 19, were brought to the island by two very selfish people. One who wanted to attend a s funeral and another who wanted to die here.

BOTH knew they were sick and yet boarded a plane and socialized with family and public.

The funeral lady knew the day of the funeral she was ill and running a fever and yet she still went to the church service exposing a lot of people to her illness. That community is now in lockdown. No one in and no one out. Food must be delivered. SELFISH!

The second one died. He got his wish. This family admitted that they knew he was sick and yet they all got on a plane anyway. They were refusing to cooperate with the MOH but backed down mighty quick and are now in quarantine. SELFISH. The community where this sick man, who KNEW he was sick and socialized anyway is also on lockdown.

Charges should be brought against both parties. Neither one should’ve left their homes.

The rest of us here are self quarantining and following social distances. Jcans are a paranoid bunch to begin with so they will keep their distance.

We have plenty of food and paper products on our shelves and will ride though this without much of a scar... but people need to be sensible and stay home if they are sick.

Hope everyone is doing well and staying safe.

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Gardis
3/21/2020 13:05 EST

Iriestar,
I hear what you are saying. Up here in the USA (CT) we are under a pandemic protocol. People are shell shocked by how rapidly this spread. It spreads like the common cold. Restaurants are closed - all those poor people who work there are out of work.
Thank you CHINA!!
There is going to be a terrible reckoning once this is in the rear view mirror. They KNEW about this virus back in December but kept it under wraps as long as they could. Trump is a man with a long memory. Those supply chains are now going to come home where they belong. When the American people realize the true cause of this there is going to be a revenge ...this has destroyed businesses and lives. God Bless the USA and God Bless Jamaica! We will get through this.

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blessingsdevine
3/21/2020 20:20 EST

If I was still in Jamaica I would not be in a hurry to return to Canada. I was there in January and Jamaicans were warned about this virus so they will be okay. It is true they certainly know how to keep their distance. The Airlines will now have to screen all passengers and for good reasons.

Stay Safe where ever you are.

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