Can good news happen in a pandemic?

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That really is good news. Even if it only impacts some people it is still positive news. 


It's a bit of a morale boost for sure. Still a bit worried about the cardiac impacts of covid, even among people who aren't hospitalized. That kind of damage tends to be more permanent. Researching these impacts, mitigation, or even if we can find out if some people are at greater risks of post-covid heart problems will be very useful.

That said, it is still early days. We could find that the long-term impacts of covid are actually worse than what we are seeing right now. Either way, research into therapeutics and mitigation of long term effects should be a priority.


Is voting during a pandemic really that dangerous?


B.C.'s deputy provincial health officer, Dr. Reka Gustafson, said she's "not particularly concerned about COVID-19 transmission during the election."

“The very basic things that you can do in public, in a grocery store are proven to be very effective,” Gustafson said. “There’s been a lot of conversation with elections officials to makes sure voting is safe. The things that we need to do to keep safe are quite simple. We’ve spent a lot of time focussing on these casual contacts we have with individuals, but the vast majority of COVID-19 is transmitted in very close quarters.”


Despite record covid surge, Manitoba schools holding up well:

Five weeks of classes, two incubation periods, and a single severe COVID-19 outbreak at a school later, medical experts suggest the return of tens of thousands of students in Manitoba this fall hasn't had a remarkable effect on the growing COVID-19 caseload.


Junior hockey is back in Manitoba:


The 2020-21 regular season schedule has been significantly modified for the upcoming season from previous seasons with the health and safety of everyone involved being the number one priority.

“In the course of our planning for the upcoming season, it became clear that we had to further self-impose schedule modifications and restrictions to ensure that we were moving forward in a safe, structured and responsible manner.” stated MJHL Commissioner Kevin Saurette.  “Each organization is to be commended for their absolute commitment to providing players with a safe development opportunity on and off the ice in the face of the difficult challenges ahead.”

The schedule will span over 22 weekends beginning on October 9th and ending on March 13th.


Junior hockey is coming back in Western Canada:


The WHL continues  to work with each of the Governments and Health Authorities in the Provinces and States in Western Canada and the U.S. Pacific Northwest, respectively, on obtaining the necessary approvals to commence play. Details regarding the schedule of games in each of the four WHL Divisions will be announced at a later date.

The WHL has agreed that all Regular Season games during the 2020-21 season will be played exclusively within the boundaries of each of the four Divisions, with the East Division consisting of the seven Saskatchewan and Manitoba-based teams; the Central Division consisting of the five Alberta-based teams; the B.C. Division consisting of the five B.C.-based teams; and the U.S. Division consisting of the five teams located in Washington and Oregon.

Good for them, life has to go on at some point. It was also very good planning to have the divisions play within their own boundaries, because that takes into account that the border may still be closed when the season opens.


Saskatchewan hockey league returns, with spectators:


The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League announced its return-to-play guidelines earlier this week — and fans of the league should be happy as they'll be able to attend games in some capacity. 

Up to 150 people will be allowed to attend games. People who attend will be required to wear masks and abide by physical distancing regulations.

While fan attendance will be limited, there's a chance it could be increased if things go smoothly. 

"We may be able to expand it to 50 per cent [arena capacity] but right now we're going with the 150,"  Doug Johnson, the general manager and head coach of the Nipawin Hawks said. 

"That, through a whole year, would be unsustainable."