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SHOULD YOU BE WORRIED ABOUT LONG COVID? DR. ST. ROSE SAYS YES

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Developing studies on how COVID-19 affects the human body after a previously infected host is cleared of symptoms has so far produced concerning findings. Post COVID syndrome or “long COVID” according to research is linked to a host of medical complications ranging from frequent headaches to depression. Local M.D, Dr. Alphonsus St. Rose says Saint Lucia’s Health Ministry should invest more to diagnose ‘long COVID’ sufferers to contain a potential post-pandemic strain on the public healthcare system.

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Decreases in COVID 19 Cases Dependent on Public Action

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Efforts to navigate the fourth wave of COOVID 19 infections have borne seemingly positive results, with the officials of the Ministry of Health presenting downward trending figures capturing the infection transmission rate. However, challenges experienced by law enforcement and health authorities have placed in focus the precarious status of gains made, with concern expressed about the possible resurgence in cases.

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A $160K LUCELEC DONATION HAS RAMPED UP TESTING CAPCITY AT EZRA LONG LABORATORY

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The Ezra Long Laboratory, Saint Lucia’s primary testing facility for COVID-19, is again on the receiving end of a lucrative LUCELEC tranche to help boost testing capacity. The island’s sole electricity supplier handed off $160,000 to the lab as health authorities grapple with the fourth wave.

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NAT’L VACCINATION RATE REACHES 20% AFTER EIGHT MONTHS

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Saint Lucia is inching closer to the recommended population immunity target of 60%. After eight months since the first COVID-19 jabs were administered back in February, the Health Ministry has reported about 20% of the population are fully vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19 infections. Health authorities are encouraged by the notable uptake in the local vaccination rate however; emerging COVID variants could undo that progress unless more people come out to take the jabs.

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