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Who will pay? COVID isolation benefits a matter for Social Security

Dr Ronald Georges.

The question of who will compensate persons for any loss of earnings after they have been asked to isolate at home upon coming into contact with COVID-19 infected persons remains unanswered.

For those asked to quarantine as a result of testing positive for COVID-19, the Social Security Board offers compensation in the form of sickness benefits for time spent away from work.

But this is not the case for those who are asked to isolate at home and have not had a positive test result after coming into contact with infected persons.

When the issue was raised during a recent stakeholders forum, Acting Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Ronald Georges said this was a question for the Social Security Board rather than one for public health officials.

“From a public health perspective, because of the high incidence of positivity among households, we are not happy to say that anybody else who is in a household with a positive case can continue to be in public,” Dr Georges said.

He said there is a probability of COVID-19 infection for a full 14 days after exposure to infected persons.

“When that person (in isolation) has been exposed we don’t know they are positive and they may become positive, so there’s a probability of them becoming positive. And in different situations that probability is different,” the CMO explained.

He further explained that the probability of unvaccinated persons testing positive after coming into contact with infected persons is greater for them than for vaccinated persons.

He said the probability of becoming positive is also there for persons, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, who have at least a 15-minute interaction with infected persons while unmasked.

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  1. JUST ASK says:

    the health Minister and his master , who was responsible for ( lobster fest and other lavish party and festive gatherings )holler out at him

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  2. Snoppy says:

    Stolen from a well educated friend:

    “Among all the vaccines I have known in my life (diphtheria, tetanus,measles, rubella, chickenpox,hepatitis, meningitis and tuberculosis), i want to also add flu and pneumonia I have never seen a vaccine that forced me to wear a mask and maintain my social distance, even when you are fully vaccinated. I had never heard of a vaccine that spreads the virus even after vaccination. I had
    never heard of rewards, discounts, incentives to get vaccinated. I never saw discrimination for those who didn’t. If you haven’t been vaccinated no one has tried to make you feel like a bad person. I have never seen a vaccine that threatens the relationship between family, colleagues and friends. I have never seen a vaccine used to threaten livelihoods, work or school. I have never seen a vaccine that would allow a 12-year-old to override parental consent. After all the vaccines I listed above, I have never seen a vaccine like this one, which discriminates, divides and judges society as it is. And as the social fabric tightens… It’s a powerful vaccine! She does all these things except IMMUNIZATION. If we still need a booster dose after we are fully vaccinated, and we still need to get a negative test after we are fully vaccinated, and we still need to wear a mask after we are fully vaccinated, and still be hospitalized after we have been fully vaccinated, it will likely come to “It’s time for us to admit that we’ve been completely deceived.”

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    • Different says:

      This is a different virus my friend. with different capabilities. This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are even more powerful ones that are going to surface in the future. So you can stay there thinking all viruses behave the same way. Ebola, Hantavirus they are just rearing to go.

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      • redstorm says:

        @ Different you holler at Snoppy and let us know that this is not just social issues or problems. It is a spiritual problem,the world over is given into a loose life of living for a very long time, wickedness in high places is masquerading itself and God is not pleased.

        In bibical time Luke 21:11 there will be plaques. Ezekiel 6:8 talks about the Pale Rider kills a fourth of the the earth with the sword. Therefore, pestilence and famine would not only be experience is some part of the world , but all over.

        The world will come to its knees and beg God to take away the evil. Pray that it does not visit your home.

  3. two cents says:

    The unvaccinated should not be entitle to sick benefits if the contract covid are is asked to isolate because they were in contact with someone with Covid.

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    • Local says:

      @twocent. Okay god but its a good thing you don’t have that power with your small minded self the world is your.

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    • Dede says:

      @Two Cents:

      Has the thought ever occurred you that the unvaccinated pays into the Social Security? They should be able to claim on their contribution just like anyone else. Stop with the nonsense.

    • Concerned. says:

      Individuals not vaccinating without major contraindication are increasing the risk of the covid-19 on themselves and the public.This group of people should bear the cost.
      Vaccinated people should be fully and adequately conpensated by social security board..

  4. My two cents says:

    You should not be allowed to blog here if you cant write proper english.

  5. BuzzBvi says:

    Oh look out a raid on the SS Board Funds. IF you want SS for other payments right it into the law fund it and then pay it out to the people who need it. Not just “farmers” and “fishers” please. The SS money is not just for handing out. It is for what it is legislated for. SSB has always been in good hands. Lets hope it still is.

  6. Ok then says:

    It has been going on. Gov’t workers getting paid when they isolate but what about non gov’t workers.

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