“Stay at home” is the cry. Until a vaccine for COVID-19 is found, the only preventative measure for this economically horrible pandemic is to stay at home.

But like all viruses, COVID-19 is vulnerable to mutation and genetic resistance. This means even a vaccine may not be able to help us.

Given our knowledge of how aggressive COVID-19 is able to transmit itself, one mutation will render the effort and expense of a vaccine void.

As a novel virus that came from animals, it recently started entering the human species. The human species does not have the antibodies to defend itself against the coronavirus.

However, as it enters the human population, we develop the ability to defend ourselves against the virus.

Like most viruses, many times they respond to human adaptation by evolving.

On the issue of viral resistance, if anyone suspects they or a loved one has the coronavirus, they should avoid self-treating with pharmaceuticals.

We saw panic buying with the drug that many lupus patients use. Be careful—­self-treatment can only make things worse.

As the National Pledge urges us—let us honour our leaders and those in authority. Stay home.

Melissa Balgobin

via e-mail


When I was 12 years old, my cousin gave me a copy of a book called Chariots of the Gods written by a German named Erich Von Daniken.

In his book, Von Daniken proposed the remarkable claim that the pyramids of Egypt were not built by the Egyptians but, rather, by aliens.

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith sounds genuinely pained by public criticism over the seizure by the police of a reported $22 million in cash from an alleged pyramid scheme in East Trinidad.

The following is Secretary-Generalof the United Nations António Guterres’ remarks to the High-level Roundtable on Climate Ambition delivered yesterday during the UN General Assembly meeting:

The world has a high fever and is burning up.

Climate disruption is daily news – from devastating wildfires to record floods.

I have found myself viewing TV quite a lot as a result of staying at home during our pandemic.

With great concern, I have noticed the high incidence of prime time advertisements by local astrologers.

I T’S only in Trinidad you could be stuck in gridlock traffic for more than an hour and still find reason to smile, without even looking at your phone.

The rain had stopped on Tuesday afternoon and several drivers were walking up to the front of the lines of stationary vehicles to check the extent of the flood waters blocking our path outside Victoria Keyes on the Diego Martin Highway.

Last Friday the Office of the President, through its Facebook page, commemorated the 100th anniversary of the death of “Digger”, together with expressions of love and remembrance.