Does PHEIC Make Sense?


After a few years of frailty, Cambodian Royal Ballet dancer Em Theay died aged 88 years old at her home in Phnom Penh on Tuesday.

As per policy for every death now, the COVID-19 team arrived at her home and took a nasal swab from her corpse. She officially died of COVID-19 based on a positive test to viral remnants. There is no information on which test was used or whether confirmatory sequencing was undertaken to confirm a true positive result. Whether viral remnants were viable, and whether they were responsible for her death via normal diagnostic procedures requiring clinical symptoms, is irrelevant. This is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) and COVID-19 related interventions on all corpses are now considered as life saving as lockdown.

Those criticising the COVID-19 response are threatened with crushing fines and jail time. Noone openly criticises it. Young Cambodian nurses with limited…

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