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Letter for Friday, April 2, 2021

Dreading return of ‘Safe Travels’

I have noted several new cases of COVID in the numbers you post every day. However, there has been no mention of these cases or where they were acquired.

Despite the fact that vaccinations are being given at a good pace, there are still people here who either refuse to get vaccinated or are not yet eligible. These people are at risk, and knowing at least whether the cases are travel-related or community spread is important.

As the numbers creep up, I dread more and more Kaua‘i’s return to the “Safe Travels” program. Medical experts have repeatedly stated that this program is basically useless.

A traveler who gets a test 72 hours prior to departure can still be infected in those three days, through community spread, in the airports or on the plane.

I applaud Mayor Kawakami’s gesture, which provides gift cards to those travelers who choose to take a test after arrival here. And I read the letter to the editor meant to assure us that there is sufficient medical care available should there be an outbreak. I remain neither assured nor comforted.

YES — I do understand the economics. I do understand that people need to get back to work.

Perhaps I am just a frightened (and vaccinated) old lady — but I know I am not alone in my concerns.

Donna Carsten, Kapa‘a

  1. Carl April 2, 2021 6:21 am Reply

    Basically, there will be a spike in cases, people will get sick and die, Kauai will leave the safe travels program, half the island will state this is part of a conspiracy, the number of covid cases will go down, and the beautiful cycle continues.

    1. Jamie Rainbow April 2, 2021 11:30 am Reply

      Except the state of Hawaii is about to pass a bill that does not allow individual counties to have stricter laws than the state. For good or bad, we will find out.

      P.S. Our ICUs in California are still at the 80% level (down from 100% a month ago), you are just lucky you have had some control over it in Kauai.

  2. Be un afraid April 2, 2021 7:38 am Reply

    Yes. You are bringing a scared old vaccinated lady. But that’s fine. You’ve been told for over a year that this will kill you and your friends and your family members. Thank god for the majority this was untrue. However the politicians did not correct and in fact use the new science. They chose to say we don’t have enough ventilators. Which kill people. We don’t have hospital beds. However in almost every hospital the icus were 50% capacity with something other than covid. It’s ok to be afraid. But your fear cannot and will not affect other forms living their lives and being fulfilled.

    1. Kauaidoug April 2, 2021 10:44 am Reply

      Just for the record no one said Covid19 will kill you, it has always been a crapshoot. Perhaps the OP has underlying conditions but no one has said it will kill you. “Can” and “would” are different, at least last time I checked the facts, but we all know where facts went in the last 4 years.

    2. Be yourself April 2, 2021 2:00 pm Reply

      Statistics are out for 2020, Covid-19 was the third largest cause of death in the USA.

  3. Chamundi Sabanathan April 2, 2021 10:22 am Reply

    With cases spiking and variants multiplying, in my opinion this should be called the Unsafe Travels program.

  4. Paul F Sammons Jr April 3, 2021 4:51 am Reply

    My wife and I are planning on returning to Kauai for our annual 2-month summer visit. We will have both vaccinations by then. Is there anything ELSE we have to do to get a rental car and move into the rental?

  5. Doug April 3, 2021 7:41 am Reply

    There is even more reason to be afraid Donna, the CDC just stated that it is safe for vaccinated travelers to travel without any pre testing at all, so of course now we are being pushed by the travel industry to really open the floodgates. This while the CDC also states that they are still unsure if vaccinated people can be carriers! And the LG wants to use a paper card that can be fabricated easily as the basis for not testing travelers, he’s “not concerned” about fakers as according to him our unenforced laws will deter anyone using fake cards. This is what you should really be concerned about. Safe Travels has been proven to be not safe (think Maui) but doing away with it for vaccinated people is even worse!

  6. kauaiboy April 3, 2021 7:48 am Reply

    The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

    It is falling on top of the many many residents who rely on income from tourist related businesses, and those who rely on spending by residents who rely on income from tourist related businesses.

    Which “medical experts” have repeatedly stated that the Hawaii Safe Travels program is basically useless? Hawaii has one of the lowest rates of Covid spread nationwide. Period.

  7. truth be known April 5, 2021 5:29 pm Reply

    Many countries around the world have had great success using an inexpensive drug, Ivermectin, to treat their patients. Not so in Corporate Snakes of America- got to push the experimental “vaccines” which aren’t really vaccines at all, but rather an experimental GMO RNA altering substance, upon which no long term studies have been done. You are the long term animal test subjects. We can hope that all goes well but there’s a lot of unanswered questions that need to be addressed.

    1. reality April 5, 2021 9:57 pm Reply

      “truth” be known?
      “FDA has not approved ivermectin for use in treating or preventing COVID-19 in humans. Ivermectin tablets are approved at very specific doses for some parasitic worms, and there are topical (on the skin) formulations for head lice and skin conditions like rosacea. Ivermectin is not an anti-viral (a drug for treating viruses).”

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