Wednesday, November 25

Public health

Health Minister racks up air miles while urging Canadians to avoid travel
Air Travel, Canada, Coronavirus, Government Of Canada, Liberals, Patty Hajdu, Public health

Health Minister racks up air miles while urging Canadians to avoid travel

Article contentWell, at least someone outside the Hajdu family is happy with all of the Health Minister’s flights home at the country’s expense.According to Blacklock’s Reporter, Transport Canada has disclosed that Patricia Hajdu flew to her Thunder Bay home six times after instructing her fellow Canadians to “avoid non-essential travel” and “to stay put, right now.”According to the same department, she used the federal jet so often pilots were able to meet their minimum hours for annual certification.Initially the department said Hajdu took four weekend flights from Ottawa to her home riding despite a directive from Health Canada against non-essential travel.Her most recent flight came July 9 bringing the total to six.More On This TopicEach of the thousand-kilometre flights cost $73,22...
Canadian Public Health gaffe unmasked
Canada, China, Coronavirus, Public health

Canadian Public Health gaffe unmasked

Article content continuedOn March 27, the Centre’s Director General George Fu Gao told the periodical Science: “The biggest mistake in the U.S. and Europe in my opinion is that people aren’t wearing masks.”“You’ve got to wear a mask,” Gao said. “Many people have asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic infections. If they are wearing face masks, it can prevent droplets that carry the virus from escaping and infecting others.”We apologize, but this video has failed to load.Yet records show Tam went so far as to warn Canadians that mask wearing “can actually lead to infections.”It wasn’t until April 22nd that the Public Health Agency finally changed course and recommended Canadians wear non-surgical masks to protect themselves and others.That directive came two days after Cabinet issued its first ...
Cancer, Coronavirus, Medicine, Public health, Republicans

Herman Cain’s death is a cautionary tale for anyone with COVID-19 risk factors

Herman Cain, former CEO of Godfather's Pizza, former Republican presidential candidate, and icon of conservative values has died a month after being hospitalized with COVID-19. Cain went to the hospital with serious symptoms on July 1st, after testing positive for coronavirus two days before. Thought it's impossible to determine where he contracted the virus, it's notable that he had attended President Trump's Tulsa rally on June 20, where he was photographed in close proximity with others in a crowded seating area where no one was wearing a mask. Others who attended the rally also tested positive, including some of Trump's own campaign team. Herman Cain's last public appearance was appearing at Trump's Tulsa rally without a mask. He posted an anti-mask tw… https://t.c...
Coronavirus, Doctors, Medicine, Public health

Trump’s new favorite coronavirus ‘frontline doctor’ says demon dream sex causes infertility

A handful of doctors stood on the steps of the Supreme Court of the United States yesterday and repeatedly spewed misinformation about COVID-19, including the already debunked claim that hydroxychloroquine is a "cure" and the erroneous and dangerous idea that people shouldn't wear masks to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Breitbart, a right-wing media company that routinely fails fact checks and doesn't even try to hide its bias, shared live video of it. And before the video was removed from social media sites for pushing misinformation—which sites are doing to attempt to get people to stop believing YouTube quackery over renowned, respected professionals—tens of millions of people ate it up and shared it, including the president of the United States. Put another way, 0.001% of the ...
Coronavirus, Doctors, Epidemiology, Medicine, Public health

‘We can virtually eliminate the virus any time we decide to.’ Andy Slavitt explains how

The U.S. is an outlier among developed nations in our handling of the coronavirus pandemic. While other countries have gone through rough outbreaks, none have the sustained growth in cases that the U.S. is seeing. Rather than try to control the outbreak so we can somewhat resume normal life, Americans seem to have decided to continue with normal life during a pandemic that's already killed close to 150,000 Americans and given at least a million more long-term health problems. From conspiracy theories to partisan bickering to "the gov't can't tell me what to do" individualism, the U.S. is a hot mess on the pandemic front, and the coronavirus is thriving off of our disunity.But it doesn't have to be this way. Other countries have proven that it is possible to get a hold of this thing and ...
Coronavirus, Doctors, Public health

Blocked from TV appearances, Dr. Fauci answers questions live on Facebook

Upworthy interviewed Tatiana Mac, author of a series of tweets that went viral because she found a way to make a complicated issue coherent and digestible for the masses. She succinctly addressed eight different issues and offers advice, free of charge, for each one. Tatiana MacMac, a Software Engineer based in Portland, Oregon, describes herself as a "Vietnamese American who has started to unpack my own internalized oppression and simultaneous complicity within white supremacy. I experience racism, but not to the extent that Black folks do.""I think that, in many ways, it feels like 'white people have entered the chat' on discussions of race," she said. "Panicked and somewhat new to these discussions, it felt like many people were riding the energy and...
COVID-19 trends generally promising: Williams
Coronavirus, Ontario, Public health

COVID-19 trends generally promising: Williams

Ontario public health officials are generally encouraged by the COVID-19 trends as a large portion of the province gets set to enter Stage 3 on Friday.Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams said there were 111 new cases reported Thursday for a total of 37,163.Another five people with COVID-19 passed away, and 2,737 have died in all during the pandemic.Regions held back from Stage 3 — including the Greater Toronto Area — will learn next week if they’ll be able to move forward with reopening.York Region saw 10 new cases, Windsor-Essex 14, Peel 25 and Toronto 30.“So we see the numbers staying low in each of those jurisdictions,” Williams said. “Twenty-nine of our 34 health units had five or fewer cases and 20 actually had no cases at all.”Hospitalization data also ...
Coronavirus, Doctors, Heroes, Infectious disease, Medicine, Public health

74-yr-old Dr. Fauci treating Ebola patients in 2015 exemplifies his genuine leadership

Nearly a decade after the average American retires from their careers and choose to live a more leisurely life, Dr. Anthony Fauci was battling a deadly disease outbreak. And he wasn't just acting as the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (which was his actual job), or sitting at a desk crunching numbers and making models. He was suiting up to treat an a patient with Ebola—a disease with a mortality rate of around 50%—for two hours a day, even though he didn't have to. Why did he do it? Because he wanted to show his staff that he wouldn't ask them to do anything he wasn't willing to do himself. He also told Science, "I do believe that one gets unique insights into disease when you actually physically interact with patients." That is what genuine, trusted l...
Coronavirus, New York, New York City, Public health

New York City reports zero new coronavirus deaths for the first day since the pandemic began

UPDATE: Back in early June NYC reported zero coronavirus deaths, a number that unfortunately was updated as new information came in. This latest update appears to represent a more certain statistic. Even if there's an adjustment, it's clear that New York City has made an incredible evolution from the world's epicenter of the virus to one that has become America's shining light for paving a path forward to all other major cities and locales in how to combat this deadly disease. According to Bloomberg News, NYC coronavirus deaths peaked at 799 in one day back on April 9th. "New Yorkers have been the hero of this story, going above and beyond to keep each other safe," City Hall spokeswoman Avery Cohen said in a statement emailed to Bloomberg.Original story begins below:New York State repor...
Coronavirus, Education, Public health, Schools, teachers

Child therapist explains how schools reopenings could actually harm kids’ emotional health

As the U.S. grapples with record-setting daily counts of coronavirus cases, people are debating the wisdom of sending kids back to school for the upcoming school year. The Trump administration has made it clear that they want schools fully open and running in person, even threatening to withhold federal funding from schools that refuse. Teachers, parents, and school administrators are grappling with what that might look like and whether the idea of putting dozens of kids and adults together in an indoor space for six or seven hours a day during a pandemic is as asinine on its face as it sounds. One of the many arguments in favor of kids going back to school is that kids need the normalcy of school and peer interaction in order to stay mentally and emotionally healthy. But not everyone i...