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  • DAY 28 - The COIVD-19 Daily Podcast with Dave Trafford

    This is DAY 28   - FOUR FULL WEEKS since the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what you need to know on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 Last week it was Ontario. Today it was Quebec releasing its provincial projection model. The scenario suggests 1,263 to 8,860 Quebecers could die of COVID-19 by the end of April. COVID-19 deaths in Quebec are currently at 150 but number of intensive-care patients remains stable The Ontario government is calling for “all hands on deck” and is asking anyone with a medical background to step forward in an effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. New York state recorded 731 new coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, marking its biggest single-day jump in fatalities since the COVID outbreak. Harvard researchers suggest Intermittent physical distancing may be necessary until 2022 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reported in stable condition Tuesday afternoon. He was admitted to the intensive care unit on Monday after his COVID-19 symptoms worsened. Hospital officials say Johnson is breathing on his own without a ventilator. <<<<>>>>  The condition of UK Prime Minister Johnson was top of mind for Justin Trudeau this morning. The supply chain and the need to provide Canadian healthcare workers with vital equipment and protective gear was front and centre during Prime Minister Trudeau’s Tuesday briefing. Trudeau says there is a full press under way to develop and made-in-Canada solution to deliver 30 thousand ventilators. Yesterday we told you that Ottawa and Washington had come to an agreement allowing 3M to deliver N95 masks to Canada from its US manufacturing facilities. But what does that mean in the weeks to come? <<<>>>  Quebec’s health officials released the provincial COVID-19 projections on Tuesday afternoon. The modelling’s worst-case scenario suggests nearly 9 thousand Queckers could die by the end of this month. The best-case scenario puts the death toll at1,263. But even amid those dire warnings, Premier Legault was encouraged to hear that the number of ICU cases in Quebec is stable. Nonetheless, the premier warns Quebeckers not to ignore the physical distancing and isolation protocols. The province’s projections suggest the number of cases in Quebec would start to plateau around April 18. <<<<>>>>  Coping with the stress of isolation, uncertainty of your financial situation, your job, your business…and, of course…your health is already pressuring mental health services in Canada. Mark Henick is a Mental Health advocate and host of the podcast SO CALLED NORMAL…he joined us from his home office in the Niagara region. <<<<>>>>  The use of the word UNPRECENDENTED must be reaching unprecedented numbers to describe this unprecedented, historic moment we find ourselves in. The COVID pandemic has been compared to the 2009 Financial Crisis, to the 1918 Spanish Flu outbreak, and to both world wars in the last century. But Tony Chapman, host of the podcast Chatter that Matters, says this experience is closer to the Great Depression and he predicts this is going to change political and corporate culture for generations to come. <<<<>>>>  Just a programming note, we are going to feature your FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS coming up in the FRIDAY episode of the Daily Podcast. We have taken your question about health, wealth, well-being and your finances and bounced them off of our stable of experts. That’s coming up in the Friday show. <<<<>>>  IF YOU HAVE A STORY ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE YOU WANT TO SHARE…send me an email. DAVE@DAVETRAFFORD.COM or connect with me on TWITTER @DaveTrafford.   DISCLAIMER: THE VIEWPOINTS EXPRESSED IN THIS PODCAST REPRESENT THE OPINIONS OF THE HOST AND PARTICIPANTS AS OF THE DATE OF PUBLICATION AND ARE NOT INTENDED TO BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL ADVICE AND BEST PRACTICES BY LEADING MEDICAL AUTHORITIES AS THE INFORMATION SURROUNDING THE CURRENT CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC IS CONSTANTLY EVOLVING.    
  • DAY 27 - The COVID-19 Daily Podcast with Dave Trafford

    This is DAY 27   of the COVID-19 pandemic.   Here’s what you need to know on Monday, April 6, 2020   UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to the ICU after his COVID-19 symptoms worsened.   A statement from No. 10 Downing read: "The prime minister has been under the care of doctors at St Thomas' Hospital, in London, after being admitted with persistent symptoms of coronavirus. Over the course of [Monday] afternoon, the condition of the prime minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the intensive care unit at the hospital."   Canada’s top medical authority says says non-medical masks can help stop the spread of COVID-19. Theresa Tam warns that a non-medical mask doesn't necessarily protect the person wearing it.   More than 240 thousand Canadians have successfully applied for federal financial relief through the government’s online portal. The Prime Minister also says there will be more aid for those who don’t qualify for current relief programs.   The chair of the New York City Council’s health committee said on Monday that officials are considering temporarily burying people who die from the coronavirus in local parks.   Scientists in the UK raise alarm over 17 and a half million ‘unreliable’ COVID-19 home test kits   <<<<>>>  Information about COVID-19 is evolving rapidly as researchers around the world learn more about the novel corona virus sweeping the globe. At her Monday briefing in Ottawa, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said there is growing evidence suggesting that non-medical masks may help curb the spread of COVID-19.   The struggle to keep up with demand for surgical and medical masks continues. Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford says a shipment of masks bound for Canada were stopped at the US border over the weekend.   For his part, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is in discussion with the US Secretary of State regarding Washington’s decision to ban 3M from exporting made in America masks to Canada and Latin America.   <<<<>>>>  We are close to winding up the fourth week of this pandemic and for many of you that’s meant four weeks of working from home and four weeks of having the kids at home with you. It’s also meant new routines for work and play. Well the Greater Toronto YMCA has come up with programming that’s not only free, it’s available for families across the country and around the world. It includes daily fitness classes, music for toddlers, circle time and story time for the kids. Sherry Perez is the Manager of Program Development, Group Fitness at the YMCA of Greater Toronto.. Sherry Perez is the Manager of Program Development, Group Fitness at the YMCA of Greater Toronto. Helping you cope with the kids is one thing…Helping the kids cope with the stress and fears of COVID-19 is something else again. But, as is often the case, we adults tend to underestimate our the ability of young kids to grasp the situation and understand what needs to be done. That’s certainly what CTV’s Daniele Hamamdjian found out this weekend. Yes, wash your hands, keep your distance cause you DO NOT want to get the CRAYONA Virus…or the MACARONI virus….That sounds scarier than the Corona Virus! <<<<<>>>>>  As we told you WAY back in episode TWO of the COVID-19 Daily Podcast, musicians who were in isolation were taking to social media to share their house concerts. Neil Young started doing so from his home in Colorado. This is from his second online show. But his third weekly “Fireside Session” has been stalled because his wife – Darryl Hannah has been ill. It’s not clear whether she’s got COVID-19. Hannah has been responsible for the camera duties so has been unable to shoot the latest session. The good news is, Young says, she has recovered and they’ll let everyone know when the next show will go on. <<<<<>>>>  IF YOU HAVE A STORY ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE YOU WANT TO SHARE…send me an email. DAVE@DAVETRAFFORD.COM or connect with me on TWITTER @DaveTrafford. <<<<<>>>>>>  DISCLAIMER: THE VIEWPOINTS EXPRESSED IN THIS PODCAST REPRESENT THE OPINIONS OF THE HOST AND PARTICIPANTS AS OF THE DATE OF PUBLICATION AND ARE NOT INTENDED TO BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL ADVICE AND BEST PRACTICES BY LEADING MEDICAL AUTHORITIES AS THE INFORMATION SURROUNDING THE CURRENT CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC IS CONSTANTLY EVOLVING.    
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