Evidence from healthcare professionals perpetuating Covid myths – CMO – The Royal Gazette
Updated: 01 Oct 2021 10:53 AM
Chief medical officer Dr Ayoola Oyinloye (file photo)
Some medical professionals are perpetuating myths that home remedies are able to treat Covid-19, according to Bermuda’s chief medical officer.
And he urged them to honor their Hippocratic Oath – to “do no harm”.
Ayo Oyinloye was speaking at a Covid briefing yesterday afternoon when he revealed that some members of the medical profession were endorsing a ‘home remedy cocktail’ and drugs such as ivermectin to visit their doctor or to the emergency room for treatment.
Prime Minister David Burt also announced that the 12:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew would be extended by two weeks and that schools could resume learning in school as early as next week. The Minister of Education is due to take stock today at 3 p.m.
Dr Oyinloye said: “We have evidence that some healthcare professionals perpetuate some of these myths in our society. Please remember your oath to do no harm. It is important that we update ourselves with the most recent evidence regarding the management of this disease and that we do not inadvertently spread this lie and perpetuate this myth that hurts all of us.
Although Dr Oyinloye did not name any healthcare professional, The Royal Gazettereported in May that a handful of doctors were prescribing ivermectin – an antiparasitic drug – despite warnings against its use for the coronavirus by the World Health Organization, the United States Food and Drug Administration and the United States. European Medicines Agency.
Dr Oyinloye added, “There was a cocktail of vitamins, ivermectin and things like that that people were asked to take. Let’s be clear, this does not replace your GP, they know your medical history. “
He said many were leaving too late to seek treatment for the coronavirus.
“Unfortunately, I’ve seen a number of people test positive and stay away from health care until it’s too late, and in a few cases there are people who haven’t even not bother to test at all. We can do better than these Bermuda Islands.
Dr Oyinloye set out to dispel another myth that vaccinated people are the source of the current epidemic because they remove peak proteins from the virus.
“It’s just not true,” he said.
“There is no basis for this in biology – vaccines do not contain viruses. Please speak to trusted healthcare professionals.
He added that another myth was that the high number of locally transmitted cases is due to SafeKey testing of the unvaccinated.
The Prime Minister has said getting students back to school safely is a priority.
“The government has made it a priority to get students back to classrooms,” Burt said.
“Students, parents and teachers have shown resilience and we know everyone is eager to return to their classrooms. We thank everyone for their patience as the government takes special care to ensure that we do this in the safest way possible and that going back to school does not put us back on the path to ending this epidemic. “
Seven in ten Covid-19 deaths announced on Wednesday have claimed the lives of people over 80, the Prime Minister David Burt has revealed.
According to Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, from January 11 to September 25, of 235 hospital admissions, 215 or 91% were not fully vaccinated.
Of the 48 deaths this year, 39 or 81% have been in people not fully immunized.
In people who were fully vaccinated, the age groups in both categories ranged from over 40 to over 80.
For the unvaccinated, it was over 20 to over 80.
Ayo Oyinloye, the chief medical officer, also confirmed that the deaths among the unvaccinated “were occurring in younger age groups.”
Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, called the current epidemic “frightening”.
She said: “Bermuda is a small community and these deaths affect us all.
“We all know someone or knew someone who got very sick or died from Covid.”
She strongly urged members of the community to do everything in their power to protect themselves and their loved ones.
Ms Wilson said the booster vaccines will be available by next week.
Recommended target groups for booster vaccines are people with immunosuppressive disorders and chronic diseases, healthcare workers, essential workers and people over 50 years of age.
The Royal Gazette asked the Department of Health if the chief medical officer would name the medical professionals who worried him and for more details on the myths they perpetuated. There hasn’t been a response yet.