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Letter for Monday, November 9, 2020

Keeping COVID under control

Kaua‘i and Taiwan share similar geography, ie., both are islands. Taiwan just marked 200 days without a locally-transmitted disease. Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i can produce similar results.

So how did they do it?

1) Mass testing;

2) Careful contact tracing;

3) Strict quarantines of close contacts;

4) Masks;

5) Control entry and exit.

These practices are already in place, and when more tourists arrive hold the key to keeping Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i safe.

Michael Diamant, Koloa

8 Comments
  1. nobody November 9, 2020 7:18 am Reply

    Unfortunately the people of Kauai behave more like the people of Lanai than Taiwan. Why would we expect a different outcome?


  2. RG DeSoto November 9, 2020 7:55 am Reply

    So Michael, care to enlighten us about Sweden? They did nothing, including not destroying their economy. No lock-downs, mask mandates…nothing. Their outcomes are better than any country where the authoritarian political hacks simply trashed the lives of their people.
    Your pathetic begging for more government control over our lives is shameful.
    RG DeSoto


    1. James Z November 10, 2020 8:04 am Reply

      It seems you equating ‘common sense’ approaches to C-19 with ‘government control over our lives’. That’s nonsensical at best and dogmatic at worst.


  3. andy johnston November 9, 2020 7:42 pm Reply

    RG Desoto
    Your comment about Sweden is absolutely untrue. Get your facts straight before making unfounded claims, especially about something as serious and life-threatening as a world-wide viral pandemic. Mahalo.


  4. commonsense November 9, 2020 8:18 pm Reply

    R. G. DeSoto,
    Their death rate is about twice that of the U.S. about 4% compared to our 2 +%, Information is easy to find if you for for it. I am not for the government controlling our day to day behavior, however the simple math and general knowledge proves that masks and social distancing helps in controlling the spread of the virus. Just be courteous to others and wear a mask when around others. Pretty simple and it won’t be for ever.


  5. Rick November 10, 2020 9:59 am Reply

    More products of a failed education system… How easy it is to google “Sweden death rate” and be completely convinced you know whats going on. How about all you smart people spend some serious time learning about the Virome.


  6. LTEreader November 10, 2020 10:02 am Reply

    RG DeSoto –
    And your pathetic lack of updated information is shameful. It’s Nov., get enlightened.

    11/10/20: “Sweden registers 15,779 new COVID-19 cases since Friday amid surge. Cases in the Country have risen sharply, repeatedly hitting daily records over the last two weeks.”

    11/3/20: “Swedes face a new wave of restrictions after daily coronavirus cases hit a record, with the government warning of a grim winter ahead. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, speaking to reporters on Tuesday, said his country is now facing a ‘very serious situation’ that requires tougher measures if the virus is to be fought back.”

    So much for the do “nothing” approach! You have the world at your fingertips with FACTual information = there’s absolutely no excuse for your rude, inaccurate, and outdated comment.


  7. Croesus November 11, 2020 6:01 am Reply

    If mass testing revealed that 7 of 10 island residents are positive, what’s the plan


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