The Frightening Tale Of A Hypothetical South-East Asian Country Where 4 Percent Of Its Population Might Already Been Affected By Milder Strains Of SARS-CoV-2
: There are unproven speculations by medical experts and scientific researchers circulating around about a particular South-East Asian country where it is estimated that about 4% of its population of locals might have already contracted the ‘milder’ strains of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus but almost 96 percent of these infected locals are asymptomatic while the rest might only develop the mildest of symptoms typically sore throats and slight fever for a day or two.
The majority of the locals experiencing asymptomatic or mild symptoms could be due to the ‘mild’ strains of the SARS-CoV-2 circulating around or due to epigenetic reasons.
However these asymptomatic infections are still spreading the virus around and now even at a higher rate as people are generally have their guards down as things have seemed to have return to normal levels. The spread is not being detected as the country tries to prevent mass testing policies while occasionally it might release some testing results for PR purposes and also to deflect the media and others of its main agenda.
Interestingly many expats or foreigners leaving that country when tested overseas are turning out to be positive for the coronavirus whereas when tested in that departing South-East Asian country, they are often tested negative either due to the faulty test kits that were procured from China or their own locally made test-kits made by their local universities (famous for making false claims that they have invented various cures) and also one state-owned monopoly.
The local health authorities are aware of the situations and that is why they decided to find ways to make sure mass-testings are never done since the early stages of the pandemic. Many when they wanted to get tested during those stages were turned away from public facilities, while there were stringent measures in place in private facilities where upon the first test turning out positive the patients had to be transferred to government facilities and kept there for long “under investigation” status till they recovered.
Many of these private hospitals were even ‘pressured’ and subsequently stopped offering testing facilities claiming reasons such as shortages of reagents etc.
By having a systematic protocol in place, that country could keep its reported COVID-19 infections figures as low as possible and win accolades from many stupid international organizations for having been successful in keeping the COVID-19 crisis under control and in some cases even paid non-related medical or non-scientific organizations such as one that was based in a neighboring country to issue press releases about how great its medical standing was to be able to control the COVID-19 crisis.
Though there was no ‘harm’ done according to the eyes of many and that it could help prevent the local economy from eroding further, there comes a lot of concerning questions.
First as there are lots of emerging studies showing that there are serious long term health effects even for asymptomatic patients or even those that had only suffered mild symptoms as a result of being exposed to the ‘milder’ strains of the SAR-CoV-2, how would this affect the locals and the healthcare system? Are local doctors equipped with the knowledge of such medical occurrences and know how to deal with it?
Some of th
ese long term health conditions include serious heart and kidney conditions that could result in eventual deaths and could be missed by physicians as being COVID-19 related. There are also gastrointestinal and neurological issues that could affect these groups of people.
Interestingly despite lack of proper evidence, a few of the country’s local doctors have warned that they are seeing a rise of heart failures, strokes and gastrointestinal problems around the last few months including in younger patients without previous reported medical conditions.
Then comes another question, how would it affect foreigners or expats in that country who have different sets of genes and different epigenetic influences might respond to these milder circulating strains in a different manner.(interestingly of the reported COVID-19 deaths in that country had been foreigners.)
Another case scenario also arises, what happens in cases of reinfections either with the same strains or newer strains including the potent D614G strain and its variants?
As that country just like many other countries in that region is highly dependent on tourism and is under pressure by greedy inconsiderate and selfish hoteliers, travel businesses and government officials to open up the county fast to international travellers, it is like a potential nightmare in the making should new strains start circulating in the population.
It is already a known fact that temperature readings are not proper deterrents and so is a 14 day quarantine period as incubation periods can vary greatly and also times of viral shedding. RT-PCR testings are not that accurate especially if only samples are taken via nasal swabs as latest studies are showing.
The public has to be careful when reading reports online about countries claiming to have managed the COVID-19 crisis well etc. The COVID-19 pandemic is not even over yet, it is just starting to gain momentum and is expected to last for at least 3 years even with the debut of an effective vaccine (which we doubt there will be just yet).
For us, for the time-being, we are staying away from that South-East Asian country even when it opens its tourism industry as we rather be safe.
For those wanting to know which country is it…its just a hypothetical country that does not exists! or perhaps it does. Do your own due diligence.