Why do we need to continue testing for Covid 19 here in Kenya? The answer herein underlies in our very survival.
Testing is only diagnostic. It says nothing about those those who are not yet tested. It’s just like sampling which one can only be allowed to generalize. But one can never be fair even to those you tested if by any chance the controls, quality of the kits were not guaranteed.
Many African countries will not reach as many people to test nor is there such capacity. So if we stop testing like someone here alluded sometimes let alone now that President Trump has said it, what happens? We won’t have known who has. But we won’t know who doesn’t have either.
Just like TZ, it’s a matter of your immunity. It’s not as if statistics are more important than the care, and reverse barrier/isolation one gets once they get diagnosed. If you gets it and since over 94 percent do recover, then you are lucky. But a mortality of just 1percent from a contagious preventable disease is bad enough. There many even now I believe who will hardly notice they had but a passing flu.
They are all cases whether tested or not, whether treated or not. One does not cease to become a C19 because they are untested nor does one become well by merely being tested. There are many diseases that we get healed from without necessarily seeking treatments.
One day corona will be one of them, but until then let’s be fair to everyone, let’s do what we must. And not only be safe but be on look out.
What happens for instance when one comes across another who meets the criteria of a c19, I mean a symptomatic somebody? Maybe that be we run out of kits infinitely… or the treatment became easily available. We will continue to treat symptomatically, do our ‘macho’ diagnosis.
For Africa however, even before & after corona we still there was malaria, hunger, and the emerging NCDs which anyway continue to cause more deaths.
It is the 1-2 percent of our people for whom we do not have a definitive cure yet. They matter as much as the 98 % since C19 is an acute infection, with likelihood for grounding the victim. And we are not even talking of the multi-organ failure and high cost of care per individual.
The likelihood of losing our first line defense forces in the name of health care workers alone is a strong enough reason why we cannot take chances to test for that one remaining positive case whether symptomatic or not. That is what New Zealand did.