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May 5, 2020

DO NOT Let Your Guard Down! Second COVID-19 Wave Likely to Happen

Marvin Manzanero

While some of the most severe restrictions in modern days have been relaxed, the state of emergency remains in place for another two months. With an imminent second wave of the deadly COVID-19 virus, Director of Health Services Doctor Marvin Manzanero is asking the public not to let their guard down and to remain vigilant.  Doctor Manzanero says that Belizeans should adapt to the new norm of distancing themselves in public.


Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“If we haven’t learned anything then we are going to be in trouble. This should have allowed us to establish a new norm, how we are going to go about doing our lives as we move along. The social structures that we use to have are not longer will be in place. So we have to be mindful of that. Those social measures will have to remain in place. They will not go away anytime soon. So if Belizeans start to feel that there is no potential case out there, remember we should be preparing for when there is a second wave. This is a new norm. I notice people started questioning when we said this is the new norm for the next two years. I think you mean two months. No, we mean two years if not more. I don’t know if travel will be the same. SO those things we need to start looking, digesting and understanding that is how we are going to go about as we conduct our daily business because if not then we are going to have a bigger wave with potentially more cases if we are not fully prepared.”


Hipolito Novelo

“Is it frustrating for you that some Belizeans, some members of the public are not adhering to the SOE regulations, social distancing, properly covering their faces, nostrils and mouths? Is it frustrating for you?”


Dr. Marvin Manzanero

“I don’t know if frustrating is the adequate word to describe it. It pains me to think that, you know we are going into a fifth month of trying to get a message across, granted that it has changing because it is a dynamic situation with COVID-19 but in terms of getting the prevention message across and people are not listening, are not abiding because the message is not going to change once you have a new wave coming in.”

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