Find out what you’re blind to! Locate your blind spot. When it comes to vision, the human is quite mediocre, especially if we are comparing ourselves to our avian friends like hawks and eagles. Apart from not being able to spot a rodent on the forest floor from 200 feet up, our vision has a literal hole in it. Crazy right? Our blind spot is basically a flaw of evolution. Anatomically, it is found over the optic disc, a region in our retinas where the nerve fibers bundle together to form the optic nerve. This simple exercise can reveal your blind spot.
Belize has set a global example with its handling of COVID-19. This has allowed us to live relatively normal lives compared with the rest of the hemisphere. Our parks are filled with children, local tourism has seen an increase and families can enjoy a meal together at a restaurant with minimal restrictions. That being said, the Philip Goldson International Airport is set to open on August 15th and many Belizeans are rightfully concerned about a potential second wave of infections. Remaining vigilant and educated is important as this date approaches. In this article we will review the latest information on the transmission, prevention and treatment for COVID-19.
This information is accurate to the date of publication. It is key to remember that information is constantly updating, and the experts may change their perspectives based on new evidence. This is a good thing. A shift in opinion due to new information is not meant to deceive but rather to educate based on evidence. Science appear to lag, especially in pressing matters pertaining to COVID-19 (after all, all we want are answers), but gathering solid data requires time. I myself have had to bite my tongue on a few issues because, at the time, the information was not complete. It is through the scientific method that we elucidate truth.
Many diseases, especially common disorders like anemia and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), are easily manageable in Belize. Finding help might be confusing, especially if you don’t know who to go to. However, did you know that your general doctor is more capable than you think? The role of the humble family physician needs some revitalization. During these exceptional times, I have had to manage patients during the pandemic suffering from diseases normally controlled by specialists across the border. To the surprise of many patients, their conditions have been adequately managed by a general practitioner.
In Belize we have been COVID-19-free since May 5th. While we only have to deal with inconvenience of wearing face masks in ninety-degree weather, the rest of the world has been at war with an invisible enemy that has taken hundreds of thousands of lives.1 During this fight, new information is emerging every day. Treatment options are being explored, new symptoms have been reported and vaccines are being tested, and some are yielding positive results! In this article, we will discuss briefly what information has been discovered over the past couple days.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease. This means the body forms antibodies against itself. Normally an antibody attaches itself foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses and tells the immune system to kill it. It’s the body’s way of tagging unwelcome visitors. Think of a laser-guided missile. The laser is the antibody and the missiles are the immune system.
In rheumatoid arthritis, this laser is pointed at the joints, in Ulcerative Colitis the laser is pointed at the gut and in Type 1 Diabetes, the laser is pointed at the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Lupus is a little different.
Rashes are very common in many viral illnesses. One report shows that up to 20% of patients have a skin finding. COVID toes have also been described anecdotally and has now been officially reported as a potential symptom. There is also an alarming report of patients presenting with strokes as an initial symptom of COVID 19.