Rotary Club members express frustration with COVID-19 restrictions

Dr. Felix Cabrera, a member of the Governor's Physician Advisory Group, addresses the Rotary Club of Guam. (PNC photo by Kent Pueblo)

Members of the Rotary Club of Guam today expressed their frustrations with the ongoing impact of the coronavirus restrictions on their businesses and personal lives.

The guest speaker was Dr. Felix Cabrera, a member of the Governor’s Physician Advisory Group. Governor Lou Leon Guerrero attended the meeting as well.

One member asked why the quarantine procedures allow a returning COVID positive resident to quarantine at home while requiring someone who does NOT have the disease to quarantine in a government facility.

The Governor addressed that question.

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“People that have been coming from the U.S. that have been quarantined we have found 7 positives from those people. So in the beginning, they didn’t know if they were negative or positive. They go into quarantine they become positive. So we don’t want to chance that,” the governor said.

Another member asked why authorities are so concerned about coronavirus when they showed no concern last year when 30,000 died of the flu.

Dr. Felix Cabrera, from the Physicians Advisory Group, answered: “The flu doesn’t get you sick quickly and doesn’t spread as quickly that overwhelms the health care system. It came down to hospitalizations. So, we’re worried about hospitalizations. We’re worried about breaking our whole health care infrastructure. And the flu can’t do that with the infection rate that it has. But something like coronavirus with how infectious it is, can do that.”

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To date, Dr. Cabrera said that COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 137,000 people in the U.S.

He cited a forecast model used by the White House which projects 224,000 COVID deaths by November 1st.