Flanked by Guam’s top medical and health professionals, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero has held several press conferences in recent months about the status of Covid-19 in Guam. In addition to getting a vaccination, they advocate at every possible turn for the three Ws of prevention: Wear a mask, Watch your distance, Wash your hands.
Yet still the virus and its deadly variants continue to run rampant despite a vaccination rate of nearly 80 percent with the majority of cases and deaths among the unvaccinated.
But why the increase if the island has reached herd immunity? While the professionals at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and their partner agencies work to find the answer to that all-important question, perhaps it’s time for the governor to add something more to her arsenal of mandates of showing proof of vaccination when dining in at a restaurant; limiting the size of social gatherings; and, sending schoolchildren home.
It’s time to consider the little things that, as the saying goes, count – things that spread the virus but few think about.
Although research is ongoing to determine how long the virus remains alive on surfaces, the possible transference from surface to hand to face is real.
According to the CDC, “on non-porous surfaces, viable virus can be detected for days to weeks.”