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Uncle Doug

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  1. According to some of Ken's close friends, Ken was brutally murdered. An autopsy is necessary for legal purposes but there is no doubt. There is also little doubt who did it. Police are actively seeking this individual.
  2. It seems to me that there is a fundamental question that has not been resolved. Is this State of Emergency allowed under the Panamanian constitution, or not? These protestors were almost certainly violating quarantine. I'm about tired of the heavy-handedness of the restrictions, and if they are unconstitutional, they should be lifted.
  3. It baffles me. Panama continues to have the most severe restrictions of any country, yet it is not working. Just a few miles from here, Costa Rica is basically open with distancing requirements and a much lower infection rate.
  4. That could be. At the moment, though, she's the only one making any money.
  5. Spraying the tires at the checkpoint is so silly. Covid is an airborne disease, and the virus dies quickly outdoors. Even if we somehow got some virus on our tires, nobody uses them for dinner plates.
  6. Is the El Cancho gym the one in Los Naranjos?
  7. BCP says it plans to reopen at another downtown location, and will announce it later. They can't reopen under current government restrictions, but there's not another auditorium elsewhere that I'm aware of.
  8. There seems to be a lot of intrigue to the situation. I assume Anayansi Menéndez is the owner of the property that was shared by BCP and Tap Out. It's pretty clear that the situation is not going to be resolved the way Sra. Menéndez suggests above. I don't know what use Tap Out can make of the auditorium, but it doesn't look like BCP is going to return to that location. That seems unfortunate to me.
  9. It's also important to know that each province has a sanitary fence meaning we can't leave Chiriqui without a salvoconducto. It probably affect too many viewers here, but the restriction on kids seems absurd to me.
  10. I've never heard of tea tree oil until Brundageba mentioned it here. A google search reveals that it's pretty useful stuff. This fly situation is very location specific. In past years, I've had quite a few flies at the start of rainy season. As of right now, ....(knocks on wood...), I hardly have any.
  11. It is time to increase the length of the quarantine window, if nothing else. It is unacceptable to risk a fine and towing for making a necessary trip to David.
  12. It was badly needed here. The streams are just a trickle. I wouldn't have minded another inch or more.
  13. They seem to be working again. I don't know what happened, but it was a widespread problem. The banks wouldn't explain the problem or even give notice of it, which was an additional frustration.
  14. This is interesting, but I suspect everyone will come back negative. We don't have any recent cases in Boquete, and the few that did have it were isolated and have recovered. I would love to test positive for antibodies, but that won't get me out of quarantine. I still may do it because I did have a mild fever a few weeks ago.
  15. Well, at least the kids are safe: AGE DEATH RATE* 80+ years old 14.8% 70-79 years old 8.0% 60-69 years old 3.6% 50-59 years old 1.3% 40-49 years old 0.4% 30-39 years old 0.2% 20-29 years old 0.2% 10-19 years old
  16. Flu mortality rate varies year to year and that may be related more to the type of particular strain of the virus circulating that year than anything else. This year, in the US, the flu season is worse than normal and there is a higher rate of mortality among the very young than is usual. Still, except for some outlier years like 1918, the mortality rate for flu is about 0.5% or less on an annual basis. Of course, COVID-19 is not a strain of flu at all. It's in a different family of viruses that behave differently. Unfortunately, without a laboratory test it's difficult to determine wh
  17. It's hardly the common cold. This morning there were 49,799 people currently sick with the virus. Of those, 9,211 are hospitalized in "serious or critical" condition. Today, Iran is reporting 95 new cases and 15 deaths. I doubt they are exaggerating.
  18. COVID-19 seems to be mostly contained to Asia at present which most certainly is due to the travel restrictions. But you can see what is happening. Despite all the efforts, Japan and Korea are slipping. The most vulnerable population is in Africa, but it doesn't seem to have been exposed yet. It's not as if they have advanced screening techniques or modern medical facilities in place so it's probably only a matter of time. I am impressed by the global efforts to keep this in check.
  19. Authorities continue to react as if COVID-19 is a serious threat to all of us, while continuing to underplay the actual seriousness of it in their reporting. That's probably the best course of action because panic and overreaction is not helpful in any way. But, just to be clear: The virus is far more deadly than you'll hear on cable news. Here are the current numbers. As of this morning, there have been 77.969 confirmed cases of people infected. There have been 2,362 deaths so far. But that's not the ratio to determine mortality rate. The accurate way to look at is final outco
  20. Health authorities hunt for missing arriving China passenger who gave false information Posted 17/02/2020 Panamanian authorities are trying to locate an airline passenger who arrived at from China on February 5 and gave false information Xoxinquiao Zhang last week, who was in China and gave false information when he entered the country on February 5. Lourdes Moreno, director of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health,(Minsa) clarified said in Telemetro Report on Monday. February 17 that at the time of entering the country tempe
  21. I saw this mentioned on Facebook. A lot of people in town are affected. The recommendation was to visit the CVT in David (I have no idea where it is located) to get the packages rerouted there. Several people stated that they were going there, but nobody reported back how successful they were in getting their packages.
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