Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Crew Member On Flight Into Saint Lucia Tests Positive For Monkeypox

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A crew member on a flight into Saint Lucia tested positive for monkeypox, the island’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Sharon Belmar-George, has disclosed.

According to the CMO, the Epidemiology Department within the Ministry of Health, Wellness, and Elderly Affairs received an alert from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“The crew member did not disembark from the flight. As obtained with infectious diseases, the required contact tracing process is currently being undertaken by the contact tracing team within the Ministry of Health. All identified contacts of the case shall be contacted by the Ministry of Health and placed in quarantine and monitored over a twenty-one day period,” Belmar-George explained.

In a statement on Monday, the CMO noted that with the significant increase in monkeypox cases globally in recent weeks, Saint Lucia had strengthened the capacity to manage individuals who are either suspect or confirmed cases.

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Her complete statement appears below:

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  1. Y’all going to shut down the world because of macoumere salopt4y? And people have to take vaccine for them too?

  2. Please give more details. This statement makes absolutely no sense. If the crew member never disembarked, how did you carry out the test for Pox makak.

  3. Mass formation also known as mob or crowd psychology — is the study of how individual behavior is influenced by large group of people. This branch of social psychology has been studied by Sigmund Freud, Floyd Allport, Gustave Le Bon, and many others.

    Freud also suggests that being in a crowd reveals the unconscious given that the moral principle is displaced by the more powerful masses or a more influential group leader. The best and worst example, is how many Germans blindly followed Hitler’s immoral and inhumane orders during the holocaust, and actually believed it was for the “greater good”.

    Recently, a Belgian professor of clinical psychology at Ghent University who holds a masters degree in statistics, Dr. Mattias Desmet has expressed concerns about some of the data he has been studying that might be causing the lack of empathy and segregation that we’ve been seeing in the western world recently because of the pandemic.

    Dr. Mattias has identified four psychological conditions that may have resulted in crowd madness or mass formation psychosis during the pandemic:

    Lack of social bond and isolation — due to COVID-19 restriction measures and the rise of social media, where people are seemingly connected, but truly not.

    Experiencing life as meaningless or senseless — losing sight of human connection, family, and a divine power. Focusing on everything material that is not fulfilling and losing the true meaning of life. A Gallup poll from 2012 revealed that 63% of respondents admitted that they were sleepwalking through their day.

    Free-floating anxiety — Thanks to the news and media, creating and feeding fear and anxiety to the masses. Quoting the Black Eyed Peas:

    Free-floating frustration and aggression — People feel frustrated and aggressive without really knowing the cause of their annoyance and anger.

    Dr. Mattias suggests that when the above four conditions are fulfilled, if ANY narrative is distributed through the mass media identifying an Object of the anxiety and providing a strategy to deal with that Object, mass formation can thrive. Since it provides the masses a sudden connection to a heroic struggle allowing them to meet their needs and provides them with a release — giving them a new social bond and meaning that has been lacking.

    At this point in time, people feel they have control over their psychological discontent that can be released by participating in a strategy, that may not make sense to each individual if they were in a psychologically healthy state and were thinking critically of things without the mass influence of the group (or media).

  4. So I’m confused. What help does this information divulge except vaguely describe passengers visiting may have been exposed by a crew member and that “we” are equipped to handle a outbreak if threatened. I don’t get the point of this?

  5. imagine you came for a wedding to go back to work in 4 days, cheating husband back home with the kids, one is 3 years old and needs his mom, husband works and night and watches kids in the day and you work during the day and moms at night, plus your sample package arriving in the mail and you have to leave a feedback to continue getting free products, plus you did not have money for more than 1 week, yall made a lot of people mental during covid, the same continues. i understand that we have to keep people safe, i do, but its so harrrrrd, tears

  6. People, this is no Monkey Business! Brace yourselves for a rough ride through a dark forest of diseases pandemics and all kinds of hardships to come!

  7. And you dumb@sses believe it, tell me something…how did you know they were positive? with Monkeypox? They didnt disembark the flight…how do you know? They are doing monkey pox test now prior to flying? or are they doing it as they are landing on island.

    Make it make sense.



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