Concerns are abounding when it comes to the community spread of COVID-19 in Belize. The issue of community spread arose when the source of infection for Patients Four, Seven and Eight are yet to be identified in the mapping exercise. The question was posed to the Director of Health Services as to whether Belize is experiencing a community spread of COVID-19.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “We are seeing evidence that that seems to be the case. We have to wait for more evidence to see whether that in point of fact is something that happens and how often that can happen and how more severe the case may be because we’re seeing that some are saying it’s more severe in a second but again that’s evolving information in that regard. “Can we now say clearly and definitively say that we have community spread?” Clearly and definitively is a very strong words, it seems to indicate so and the mapping exercise that we will complete with patient number eight would guide us to that because it’s not also how they became ill it’s the potential of them having infected others and who are the asymptomatic carriers that have not sought or will never seek medical attention; I think that’s something that our mapping exercise today for patient number eight will be able to say. One other thing is remember it seems that from the information we are gathering that some people are being- they are starting to play a blame game as if the patients that are positive should be blamed for being COVID-19 positive, I’m not so sure that that is the road you want to go because it could literally happen to anyone of us. I mean if you were in contact with an asymptomatic carrier or we might ourselves be asymptomatic carriers and never develop any sign or symptoms and still just be passing it on to others. That’s why I think for the last two or three weeks we have been saying anybody you meet on the street you have to assume that they are a COVID-19 case and treat them as such.”