Coronavirus: what Canadians need to know

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Coronavirus Cases Reporte at 41 Schools in Germany's Capital

https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/coronavirus-cases-reported-at-41-schools-in...

"At least 41 schools in Berlin have reported that students and teachers have become infected with the coronavirus not even two weeks after schools reopened in the German capital. Hundres of students and teachers are in quarantine. Elementary schools, high schools and trade schools are all involved..."

NDPP

Coronavirus: What's Happening Around the World Aug 22

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/coronavirus-covid19-world-aug-22-1.5696347

"World hits grim coronavirus milestone with 800,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths and close to 23 million confirmed cases. As of 4:30 pm ET on Saturday, Canada had 124,589 confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases. Here's what's happening around the world..."

NDPP

Dr John Campbell, Coronavirus Update, Aug 21, 2020

https://youtu.be/-xOO9t5HWYs

"Children as infection drivers..."

 

Dr John Campbell, Coronavirus Update, Aug 22, 2020

https://youtu.be/RnkYr8KSYR8

"Global updates, US and Europe..."

Aristotleded24

On May 20th, in speculating about Sweden, I said:

Aristotleded24 wrote:
Since there is apparently going to be a second wave of this virus, how will the Swedish approach compare to everyone else's over the long term? That is the million dollar question upon which my speculation is based. Did flattening the curve actually work, or is it only prolonging a massive number of infections that is simply going to happen no matter what? What if by this time next year every place that has locked down ends up getting hit worse while things over the long term are better in Sweden? Is it simply a trade-off between flattening the curve with longstanding misery for the population versus allowing the disease to spread more quickly so it dies out faster? Maybe an additional measure that needs to be considered is ramping up capacity in the health care system to tolerate a higher number of infections, so that more people with infections can be treated and thus fewer of them will die?

Since that time, Denmark, Norway and Finland (all of which introduced strict containment measures) have all to some extent had covid resurgences in their countries. Sweden, on the other hand, moved through the normal up-and-down trajectory expected of an epidemiological curve without ever going backwards, and all while keeping schools open. This raises an uncomfortable possibility that it's not possible to fight the virus, and that containment measures only prolong the inevitable curve. Perhaps the least bad way to deal with covid is to accept that the virus is going to spread through an area, scale up health care system capacity (this would require questioning our god-like worship of neo-liberal austerity economics) (Sweden's health care system was not overwhelmed by covid) and take steps to protect those people who are at the greatest risk of a bad outcome. I've seen a similar pattern elsewhere. The US  was recently hit very hard with coronavrius over the summer, except for one big region: the northeastern US. This region includes New York, which was hit hard in the spring. Same thing in Italy. There was a major spike, but in spite of a few upswings, there hasn't been a big surge in new cases once the first wave died down. Spain, Germany, and France, which took stricter containment measures, are experiencing resurgences. If New York and Italy had enough capacity in their health systems to look after everyone who was sick, there might not have been the frightening stories and headlines which scared the rest of the world.

Going back to the big thing, having a healthy population would also help. Ideally you want to avoid the virus, but being in good physical shape (good diet, exercise, proper rest) reduces the likelihood of a bad outcome. Probably a big reason that so many in the US have died from covid.

NDPP

Coronavirus in Canada: 8/24/2020

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/

  • Ontario reporting more than 100 new cases for 4th straight day
  • What is convalescent plasma?

 

"Read why the RNAO has stated it cannot be supportive of the Ontario government's back to school plan! See our letter to CMOH Dr Williams..."

https://twitter.com/ETFOeducators/status/1297896443194220549

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Prairie Mountain Health region has been elevated to the restricted level (orange) according to the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. Starting today, masks will be mandatory in all public indoor places and at all indoor and outdoor public gatherings in the region. Public gatherings will also be restricted to 10 people, both indoors and outdoors.

People who do not have to wear masks include:

  • a child who is under five years of age;
  • a person with a medical condition that is unrelated to COVID-19, including breathing or cognitive difficulties or a disability, which prevents them from safely wearing a mask; and
  • a person who is unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person.

NDPP

The Current for August 25, 2020 (radio)

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-august-25-2020-1.569...

"We check in on how COVID-19 is progressing around the world, hearing that India has passed 3 million cases; new cases have followed an easing of restrictions in France; and there are fresh lockdown measures in New Zealand, after 100 days without a new case. Plus, the Globe and Mail's health writer Andre Picard discusses COVID-19 spikes in Manitoba and BC, whether someone can be infected with the virus twice; and US President Donald Trump's move to approve a new treatment."

Aristotleded24

Missed opportunity in Sweden:

Quote:

There’s nearly universal agreement that widespread, long-lasting school closures harm children. Not only do children fall behind in learning, but isolation harms their mental health and leaves some vulnerable to abuse and neglect. But during this pandemic, does that harm outweigh the risk—to children, school staff, families, and the community at large—of keeping schools open and giving the coronavirus more chances to spread?

The one country that could have definitively answered that question has apparently failed to collect any data. Bucking a global trend, Sweden has kept day care centers and schools through ninth grade open since COVID-19 emerged, without any major adjustments to class size, lunch policies, or recess rules. That made the country a perfect natural experiment about schools’ role in viral spread that many others could have learned from as they reopen schools or ponder when to do so. Yet Swedish officials have not tracked infections among school children—even when large outbreaks led to the closure of individual schools or staff members died of the disease.

“It’s really frustrating that we haven’t been able to answer some relatively basic questions on transmission and the role of different interventions,” says Carina King, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the Karolinska Institute (KI), Sweden’s flagship medical research center. King says she and several colleagues have developed a protocol to study school outbreaks, “but the lack of funding, time, and previous experience of conducting this sort of research in Sweden has hampered our progress.”

“We are trying to mobilize, but realistically with the school year ending in a few weeks, it seems unlikely we will be able to get what we want up and running,” says King, who adds that her queries to public health authorities about other efforts have come up empty. “There is some data collection happening in children, but it’s not focused around schools or, as far as I know, will not answer questions around transmission.”

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..as of aug 26

Of the 9094 Canadians who have died from COVID-19, I've hit a milestone tonight ... I've linked 7500 of these deaths to residential care. That's 82%.

Link

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Dr James Campbell: Coronavirus Updates: 8/30/2020

https://youtu.be/RgIa6vsHoXM

25,026,014+ cases worldwide

1,000,000 new cases every 4 days since mid July.

842,992+ deaths

COVID19 & Influenza discussion

NDPP

COVID-19 Pandemic LIVE: World Map/Count

https://youtu.be/NMre6IAAAiU

NDPP

Coronavirus in Canada: 8/30/2020

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/

  • Canada's active COVID-19 case number is rising shortly before most schools re-open
  • COVID-19 'long-haulers' suffering from neurological symptoms months later

NDPP

Prof Richard Wolff: The System is Failing

https://youtu.be/rutN06v9sew

"We're at the last gasp and a level of absurdity that happens just before a system crashes..."

 

Michael Hudson: How an 'Act of God' Pandemic is Destroying the West

https://michael-hudson.com/2020/08/how-an-act-of-god-pandemic-is-destroy...

"The US is saving the financial sector not the economy..." (Don't think there won't be Canadian consequences.) Just look who's finance minister.

NDPP

Ford Defends Ontario's Top Doctor as Calls For His Resignation or Removal Grow Louder

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ford-williams-mao-resignation-dem...

"Premier Doug Ford is defending Ontario's chief medical officer of health amid growing calls for new leadership as the province enters a critcal state of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ford and Elliot's votes of support come on the heels of Doris Grinspun, CEO of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) calling for Williams to be taken off the job immediately, whether by removal, resignation or retirement. A need for change has become increasingly urgent she said, with Ontario schools now just days away from widely reopening and a possible second wave of the novel coronavirus looming. Dr David Fisman, the outspoken epidemiologist, at the University of Toronto, has also called for a shakeup. He tweeted earlier this week that Williams resignation is 'long past time..."

I entirely agree. A government hack dangerously ineffective in a critical post at a critical time.

NDPP

City of Toronto Excludes Homeless Shelters from Mask Policy

https://t.co/B1PG44XXlH?amp=1

"From the beginning of this pandemic all levels of government have exhibited disregard to this high risk population,' writes Cathy Crowe..."

And another example why it's high time for Dr Williams to go.

NDPP

Coronavirus & Canada - Top Stories: 9/3/2020

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/

  • PM Trudeau and his wife decide to send their kids back to school
  • Ont reports more than 100 new cases of COVID-19 for 8th straight day
  • Quebec records highest number of new coronavirus cases since July
  • Without broadband access, online learning not viable in rural, remote Canada
  • US states told be ready to distribute COVID-19 vaccine by Nov 1

NDPP

US Won't Join WHO-Led Coronavirus Vaccine Effort, White House Says

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/09/02/9087114...

"The Trump administration says the US will not participate in a global push to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, in part because the effort is led by the World Health Organization, which the White House describes as 'corrupt' and has accused of initially aiding China in covering up the scope of the pandemic. By refusing to take part, the US is effectively cutting itself off from the more than 170 countries in discussions to join the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility, or COVAX. The initiative is 'aimed at working with vaccine manufacturers to provide worldwide equitable access to safe and effective vaccines..."

NDPP

Flu vs Covid ?

https://twitter.com/DFisman/status/1301680267946610696

"But to put in perspective the challenge we face, the infection fatality ratio for COVID is around 100x that for flu. The seasonally juiced R for COVID is likely to be higher due to greater susceptibility (will it move back to 2.5? Flu is usually around 1.5)."

NDPP

Dr John Campbell, Coronavirus Update, Sept 2, 2020

https://youtu.be/d-oQI2RoXPI

Vaccines soon - an  overview/explanation of the promising candidates

 

Dr John Campbell, Coronavirus Update, Sept 3, 2020

https://youtu.be/jF-bcA4QZew

International update, Europe and US

NDPP

Francois-Philippe Champagne

https://twitter.com/FP_Champagne/status/1301542694397849600

"At today's G20 Extraordinary Foreign Minister's Meeting on the Global Pandemic, I advocated for coordination, multilateralism and helping the most vulnerable whilst applying a gender lens to our actions."

G20 Saudi Arabia

https://twitter.com/g20org/status/1301543543492816898

"Foreign Affairs Ministers held an extraordinary virtual meeting on Sept 3, 2020..."

Did Canada's Minister perhaps get a chance to also discuss the state of our continuing, appalling multi-billion dollar arms' contract with Saudi, or the calamitous state of war-torn Yemen...? I thought not.

NDPP

Coronavirus in Canada: 9/5/2020

https://www.ctvnews.ca/coronavirus/

  • Ontario records highest number of daily COVID-19 cases (169) since July
  • Quebec reports more than 180 cases of COVID-19 for second day
  • New COVID-19 modelling suggests BC at 'precipice' as public asked to reduce contacts
  • UN: No vaccine to be endorsed before it's safe and effective

NDPP

Canada's COVID-19 Numbers Are On The Rise Again, Should We Be Worried? (and vid)

https://twitter.com/SharkawyMD/status/1301921705858826241

"Infectious disease specialist Dr Abdu Sharkawy joins us to talk about the rising cases, what he thinks is causing it and more.."

Aristotleded24

More proof that people should be scared of the coronavirus, according to medical experts:

Quote:

I am not scared of Covid-19. I am concerned about the implications of a novel infectious agent that has spread the world over and continues to find new footholds in different soil. I am rightly concerned for the welfare of those who are elderly, in frail health or disenfranchised who stand to suffer mostly, and disproportionately, at the hands of this new scourge. But I am not scared of Covid-19.

What I am scared about is the loss of reason and wave of fear that has induced the masses of society into a spellbinding spiral of panic, stockpiling obscene quantities of anything that could fill a bomb shelter adequately in a post-apocalyptic world. I am scared of the N95 masks that are stolen from hospitals and urgent care clinics where they are actually needed for front line healthcare providers and instead are being donned in airports, malls, and coffee lounges, perpetuating even more fear and suspicion of others. I am scared that our hospitals will be overwhelmed with anyone who thinks they ” probably don’t have it but may as well get checked out no matter what because you just never know…” and those with heart failure, emphysema, pneumonia and strokes will pay the price for overfilled ER waiting rooms with only so many doctors and nurses to assess.

I am scared that travel restrictions will become so far reaching that weddings will be canceled, graduations missed and family reunions will not materialize. And well, even that big party called the Olympic Games…that could be kyboshed too. Can you even
imagine?

I’m scared those same epidemic fears will limit trade, harm partnerships in multiple sectors, business and otherwise and ultimately culminate in a global recession.

But mostly, I’m scared about what message we are telling our kids when faced with a threat. Instead of reason, rationality, openmindedness and altruism, we are telling them to panic, be fearful, suspicious, reactionary and self-interested.

Aristotleded24

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Coronavirus in Canada: 9/5/2020

https://www.ctvnews.ca/coronavirus/

  • Ontario records highest number of daily COVID-19 cases (169) since July
  • Quebec reports more than 180 cases of COVID-19 for second day
  • New COVID-19 modelling suggests BC at 'precipice' as public asked to reduce contacts
  • UN: No vaccine to be endorsed before it's safe and effective

Total confirmed cases in Ontario: 43 161, total popluation 13,448,984

Total confirmed cases in Quebec: 63 292, total population 8,164,361

Total confirmed cases in BC: 6162, total population 4,648,055

See a pattern people? Are blanket, disruptive measures that necessary for a virus that in total, after almost half a year, has infected less than 1% of the population, with many of that 1% having recovered? You sure we can't open things up a bit, let life go on, and be just a little more targeted and specific in dealing with covid where it is actually happening?

Pondering

Aristotleded24 wrote:

What I am scared about is the loss of reason and wave of fear that has induced the masses of society into a spellbinding spiral of panic, stockpiling obscene quantities of anything that could fill a bomb shelter adequately in a post-apocalyptic world. I am scared of the N95 masks that are stolen from hospitals and urgent care clinics where they are actually needed for front line healthcare providers and instead are being donned in airports, malls, and coffee lounges, perpetuating even more fear and suspicion of others.

That article is wildly exagerated. He seems to be the one that is panicked and in his own words "scared" Stocking up on toilet paper happened in the first few weeks and people were just concerned because we had never been through a shutdown/pandemic.  People are quite relaxed now other than parents who are rightfully concerned that governments are cutting corners to get the babysitting service up.

PPEs are not disappearing from hospitals in great numbers. There have been no break-ins. Testing isn't done at hospitals. In Quebec you call a number and are told what to do to get tested if you qualify to be tested. People aren't rushing the emergency departments.

It seems his greatest fear is that the Olympics will be cancelled. He says "can you imagine". Sure. I have no trouble imagining it and I think the world could so without it just fine. Many atheletes don't come from the countries they represent. It's just a way to generate mass spending and consumerism.

As to the numbers in the next post. The point of lockdowns is to slow the spread of the disease which it seems to be doing somewhat successfully.

In closing I don't know anyone cowering terrrified in their basements. I don't see people running around in a panic.

That doctor's rant is rooted in politics not medicine. He is using his title to give his words more weight but he didn't write about the virus nor even the mental health impacts. He is actually quite insulting and paternalistic as though we are the unwashed masses being manipulated cause we aren't as smart as he is.

 

I am scared that travel restrictions will become so far reaching that weddings will be canceled, graduations missed and family reunions will not materialize. And well, even that big party called the Olympic Games…that could be kyboshed too. Can you even
imagine?

I’m scared those same epidemic fears will limit trade, harm partnerships in multiple sectors, business and otherwise and ultimately culminate in a global recession.

But mostly, I’m scared about what message we are telling our kids when faced with a threat. Instead of reason, rationality, openmindedness and altruism, we are telling them to panic, be fearful, suspicious, reactionary and self-interested.