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Most patients hospitalised with COVID-19 have chronic diseases– Dr Georges

- says international evidence surrounding risk-factors of those infected playing out in VI
Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronald E. Georges has indicated that the majority of VI’s COVID-19 hospitalisations and subsequent deaths happen to people who have underlying medical conditions. Photo: GIS/Facebook
Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital. There have been 14-COVID-19 related deaths in the Virgin Islands as of July 17, 2021. Photo: GIS/File
Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital. There have been 14-COVID-19 related deaths in the Virgin Islands as of July 17, 2021. Photo: GIS/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronald E. Georges has indicated that the majority of patients who are hospitalised with COVID-19 and those who have died while infected with coronavirus are people who have underlying medical conditions.

Speaking during a COVID-19 webcast on July 16, 2021, he said the Virgin Islands is no different from India, China and other countries like Italy, the US and the UK regarding its COVID infections.

Global trends playing out in VI - Dr Georges 

Dr Georges said even though a large proportion of persons will have no symptoms or mild symptoms and then recover, others will suffer a more severe case of the virus.

He further went on to say that regarding risk factors for mortality rates surrounding the virus, the international evidence is being played out in the VI.

“Most of our cases are obese, some morbidly obese meaning very obese. Most of them have chronic diseases, most of them are diabetic, most of them are hypertensive, a few of them have chronic lung conditions,” he said.

Dr Georges indicated that based on this international evidence, people with the factors listed are at high risk for mortality as is the current case in the territory.

Self-care unless symptoms are severe 

“What can we do at this stage? So we have 1,596 presently who are infected as active cases and you know some of them may begin to exhibit symptoms, some of them may require to be hospitalised,” he said.

Dr Georges said before the severe stage, persons who are experiencing symptoms of the virus, are being encouraged to stay at home and practice self-care.

“Once you get to a certain stage, we would really like you to call the health services for assistance. You can call the hotline at 852-7650,” he said.

“If you're having severe distress, it is important for you to call 911 and activate that system,” he detailed.

Vaccination has been effective - Dr Georges 

The Acting Chief Medical Officer further reminded that the evidence worldwide for the last six months has shown that over 99.5% of all deaths worldwide have been in unvaccinated persons.

”So despite everything that we've been hearing, vaccination does prevent hospitalisation, severe COVID, ICU and death in a large proportion of persons,” he said.

There have been 14-COVID-19 related deaths in the Virgin Islands as of July 17, 2021.

38 Responses to “Most patients hospitalised with COVID-19 have chronic diseases– Dr Georges”

  • The sterilization of mankind (18/07/2021, 09:53) Like (32) Dislike (71) Reply
    The purpose of modern medicine is to make you sick, keep you sick and harvest as much money from you as possible before they kill you. The only people I trust less than doctors are cops.
    • fine (18/07/2021, 10:36) Like (23) Dislike (7) Reply
      I guess you will be staying away from Peebles then.
    • Observer (18/07/2021, 11:11) Like (9) Dislike (10) Reply
      Well put. So true indeed
      • akon (18/07/2021, 11:22) Like (18) Dislike (14) Reply
        State the ingredients in the vaccine. according to what's in it, maybe i will consider taking it.
        • Really (18/07/2021, 12:12) Like (29) Dislike (13) Reply
          If i did, will you have a clue what the ingredients do? Everyone seems to have turned medical professional over night.
        • @akon (18/07/2021, 12:38) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
          U could google it
        • 007 (18/07/2021, 13:12) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
          The AZ vaccine is a diluted form of a flu that mostly affects other primates. This flu type has a corona that resembles Covid. The immune system reacts and attacks the flu. And crucially it remembers that the corona is an invader. So when Covid appears the immune system already has antibodies against it and produces more to attack it. It does this so quickly that most people do not actually catch the virus. Those who do catch it already have antibodies ready to deal with Covid and so Covid cannot get a real grip and symptoms are mild.

          But it takes the body about two weeks to create the corona antibodies after the vaccination.

          So when Covid attacks the unvaccinated person, it takes the body the same or a similar time , several days or even weeks , to create the antibodies. Meanwhile Covid is multiplying and by the time the unaided immune system can produce enough antibodies to kill it it may be too late.
          • @007 (18/07/2021, 18:22) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
            Correction: it takes the body two AFTER the Second vaccination to build up to full immunity!
            People must be vigilant and continue wearing good quality masks and wear them so that they cover their nose and mouth, and continue to observe physical distancing in public. Give the vaccine enough time for it’s full effect! Protect yourself in the meantime! Delta is vicious!
            • 007 (18/07/2021, 22:32) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
              Yes it is two vaccinations with Covid. The principle remains the same.

              Get vaccinated. Be safe.
          • Really (19/07/2021, 09:21) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
            Thats not true the vaccine has MRNA molecules covered in ferrous nano particle lipid envelop. These are delivered to your cells to have your cells make the spike protein that the immune system should attack. What you are talking about is the traditional vaccine like MMR etc.
        • @akon (19/07/2021, 08:48) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
          You cant pronounce 1/2 the stuff in the food you eat. Do you know how much toxins you consume regularly. I can state the ingredients at Peebles Hospital though. Would you like to be an ingredient there???
    • WOW (18/07/2021, 19:05) Like (1) Dislike (15) Reply
      The festival village sight suppose to have boots and a stage right now, I ready to party against this fake plandemic.
    • Rubber Duck (18/07/2021, 19:06) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      3 more deaths today Sunday. All males under 50.
  • investigator (18/07/2021, 10:06) Like (36) Dislike (20) Reply
    Vaccines have proven to fight off the virus. The evidence is clear on that. My bvi ppl plz do the right thing and vaccinate. It is the only way along with prayers we will beat this virus. Use common sense my ppl.
  • Rubber Duck (18/07/2021, 10:23) Like (16) Dislike (20) Reply
    One of the most well balanced articles yet.
    To put what he said in a nutshell: Covid is aids for over-weight peoples. Don't matter what color or creed you are. Give it a chance, it will bury you... by next week possibly... get vaxxed and stay strong!
    • Rubber Duck (18/07/2021, 11:53) Like (8) Dislike (13) Reply
      Get your own name. Though I agree with your sentiments.
      • Rubber Duck (18/07/2021, 12:43) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply

        My bad. I thought it was a random name used by a certain group.
        Won't use your name again... sounds like I just took those pages out of someone else book.

        What I will do, is call your opinions out! for some reason you think you are the voice of reason...!
        If you add it all up you can work out who I am. Like I could work out who you are but lets not bother with that... I will print my own name because I ain't scared of the kicking your mouth piece could dish out. Lets make it fun... lets just fight and the winner takes the name? wanker!

        Got a better plan: lets all put our names where our mouths our!
        Don't poke something you are scared to feed.

        • Rubber Duck (18/07/2021, 13:35) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
          Apology accepted. You clearly think I am the voice of reason, or you would not mention it!!!! I do try to be.

          I admit to being a wanker. Who isn’t?

          But posting under an alias keeps the focus on the message and not the messenger( and whatever baggage people think he or she is carrying.)
    • Dino (18/07/2021, 12:55) Like (8) Dislike (7) Reply
      @Rubber Duck
      I agree with you, a balanced article. I appreciate Dr Georges for his courage to come forward with words that are based on facts and not stirring the fear. The virus is the last drop for those vulnerable ppl, the straw that breaks the camel's back. We need to take responsibility as individuals for creating much of those vulnerabilities. When you are 30 y.o and super overweight and with type 2 diabetes, you need to take responsibility for potential health consequences later down the road. Don't just blame covid ,or non-vaxxers or govt etc. Vaccine can be part of the solution, especially for some people who are really vulnerable and don't have enough time right now to correct aspects of their health that render them vulnerable to this virus. But is far from being the magic bullet. Look at UK right now, with a high vaccination rate, look at Israel right now, with a huge vaccination rate.
      In parallel with vaccination, encourage and let ppl work on those vulnerabilities. Let the gyms operate. Nowhere in the whole world, these past 16 months was any covid outbreak originated in a gym. Exercising makes you stronger. All those risk factors are getting reduced through exercise as a main tool of a better lifestyle.
      "The only thing to fear is fear itself!" F.D. Roosevelt
  • 007 (18/07/2021, 10:38) Like (21) Dislike (9) Reply
    More long lines of cars at the festival grounds this morning. Keep it going till the majority are vaccinated.
  • Yes I (18/07/2021, 10:53) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
    U aint hear the other one die last night
  • residents (18/07/2021, 10:56) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Duh, it's the same in the United States, the CDC says that 95 percent of those that died of covid had some other major underlying health issue
    • Doctor Know (18/07/2021, 12:55) Like (19) Dislike (5) Reply
      Being fat is a health issue. Plenty of fat people in Tortola. Covid kills overweight people.
  • H (18/07/2021, 11:09) Like (11) Dislike (18) Reply
    I often say to you people that same veccine you all bashing you all will need in d long run u see that lord have mercy
  • CMO (18/07/2021, 11:16) Like (20) Dislike (25) Reply
    Ronald, you are one handsome man! Thank you for your hard work during this time!
    • Faithful (18/07/2021, 14:55) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
      He is married. Keep your observations to yourself
      • XYZ (18/07/2021, 16:40) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
        Yes indeed he is handsome. It’s a mere compliment whether he is married or not. I saw that too but now I comment. He can pass for a Don Lemon look alike too. Don, despite his interest in the same sex, is also a handsome man.
  • Choose Wisely (18/07/2021, 11:28) Like (15) Dislike (14) Reply
    We all have free will to choose, vaccine a fighting chance to live if you get COVID-19. No vaccine you choosing death and taking down those closest to you. Make you choice and live or die by what you believe. Case close.

    I choose to be vaccinated. What is your choice? You decide.
  • Tongue Fu (18/07/2021, 12:38) Like (27) Dislike (6) Reply

    Amazing how the topic is shifting from the unvaccinated to underlying conditions. I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that vaccinated persons lost their lives too?

    So basically at the end of the day as most of us knew your best chance at survival is choosing a healthy lifestyle. Lot of these chronic conditions can be avoided or managed by focusing on our diet, regular exercise especially cardio, adequate rest, stress management, sunshine, drinking lots of water daily, proper ventilation, vitamin supplements. This goes for vaccinated or unvaccinated as both can die from this.
  • My words (18/07/2021, 15:57) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    Why try to convince anyone to take the vaccine? Every one seem to be medical professionals and spent the last 15 or so years at school and practicing medicine its obvious its who aren't taking the vaccine that is dieing. Why try to convince them to protect themselves and their loved ones its obvious that there is a whole lot of uneducated people other here.
  • WOW (18/07/2021, 16:21) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    He look like Dr Fauci
  • 1st District (18/07/2021, 20:02) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    I wonder if they are using morphine and midazolam for a good death like they did in the UK!
    • Kokomelon (19/07/2021, 01:25) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Sincere condolences to the families.

      we have not built back into our culture the conversation of a death as being in anyway good or comforting those who are terminally ill. Everyone dies and it’s taboo to talk about it beforehand. we focus on objects that can be bought & sold which the bible & all the religions advise against.

      The wealthy man wanted to follow Jesus and was told to give his wealth to the poor which he chose not to.

      The bible has many lessons. Unless people learn to let go of the objects in this life they can never pass on in peace. Even more difficult is letting go of your loved ones spouse child and parent. It’s written there is no discharge in that war. We will have to accept it.

      If the pandemic ended now this topic remains relevant from the moment of birth we are destined to die. We need good preaching always.

      Jesus said and which of you by being anxious can add time on to your lifespan?

      Peace is heaven on earth. Today’s society makes achieving the Lord’s Prayer daily a tremendous task.

      As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil thy rod and thy staff comforts me. That valley isn’t a good place but God is always with us.
  • RedStorm (19/07/2021, 07:28) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    Tortola is different by many ways than India, Japan and China. Its a small speck of an island with small population the similarities is that it shared the spread of COVID like those countries. There are some experts typing things they heard and believe and now repeat, get the facts. It would have been best for those who has underlying condition not to take the vaccine but try to correct those condition, stay away from the mass population, check with your doctor for improvement then take the vaccine if its your choice. But it is sad to you hear young men and women are dying, and I feel they could be saved by all means. Take your exercising , if its for just ten minutes per day, eat those fruits and vegetables.

    The people need to ask the government to have NHI cover 10% of the fruits and vegetables , its part of healthy living, and to role out free medicine for those who are diabetics, and people with high blood pressure. People need to go back to basis, and eliminate those mucus forming food.
  • Wayne DEAD (19/07/2021, 08:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thank you esteemed Dr. Georges for being honest with us. A man of integrity always.
  • Jane (19/07/2021, 12:43) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Watching some of the witnesses (civil servants and elected officials) before the COI over recent weeks, an outsider could conclude that people of BVI aren't smart, well educated persons. Some of those persons came across either as stupid or corrupt, or both. In this terrible Covid crisis I have been very proud of the very smart, well educated persons speaking passionately. I think Dr Georges has been magnificent and whilst this is a frightening time for our small islands I feel so much happier knowing Dr Georges is Chief Medical Officer. My eternal thanks to him and all of the team at Peebles (the cleaners, the cooks, the receptionists, the porters, the mortuary staff, the paramedics and the whole clinical team) you guys are putting yourselves in danger for us all and we truly, truly appreciate it. Through this darkness we can see the stars amongst us. #BVIstrong
  • On the sidelines (20/07/2021, 13:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thank you Dr. George for being the voice of reason. You have given some sage advice to your people. Let's pray they listen. When this is all over the general health of the BVI residents needs to be addressed.Too many people dying far too young.

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