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  • DAY 24 - The COVID-19 Daily Podcast with Dave Trafford

    This is DAY 24   of the COVID-19 pandemic. An unvarnished view of what we should expect in the coming days and weeks in Ontario's fight against COVID-19. And Ontario’s fight is Canada’s fight <<<>>>> Here’s what you need to know on Friday, April 3, 2020 Some dire projections from Ontario this afternoon. As promised, Premier Doug Ford and provincial public health officials shared their COVID-19 modelling projections. Doctor Peter Donnelly is the CEO of Public Health Ontario. He told the Queen’s Park press gallery …and laid out the stark numbers the Premier’s referred to. You heard correctly. The best case scenario, if we all do everything we can to curb the spread of COVID-19, Dr. Donelly says there would be 3000-15000 COVID related deaths in the next 18-24 months. For some important perspective… The death rate for influenza in Canada is 500 to 1500 cases per year. 500-1500 for all of Canada. Based on the projections presented Friday afternoon, Ontario’s COVID death toll alone would  6 to 10 times greater than the national death toll from the flu. Dr. Donelly stresses in order to keep those numbers as low as possible, we must all take an aggressive stance…Flattening the curve won’t be good enough. We need to chop the top off the curve. Even at that, given this best-case scenario…the projections suggest 80 thousand Ontarians will be infected by COVID-19 by the end of April. And the Premier says that’s going to mean hundreds of fatalities in mere weeks. Again, for some perspective, the modelling suggests Ontario’s death toll would be more than 1600 by the end of the month. As of Friday afternoon on April the 3rd, Ontario is reporting 67 deaths It means the wave will continue to mount, it’s far from cresting and will crash into our already stressed healthcare services. The projections suggesting that Ontario’s Intensive Care Unit beds will be at capacity within weeks and will still be stressed if the province is able to add 900 more beds before the end of April. Much has been made of the shortage of medical supplies and that became more complicated when US President Donald Trump invoked the Defense Production Act requiring companies to prioritize the production of masks and ventilators to fight the spread of COVID-19. Sugical mask manufacturer 3M says the White House has requested it cease exports of U.S.-made N95 face masks to Canada. 3M is pushing back on the order and so is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trudeau wouldn’t comment on whether the federal government is considering imposing retaliatory measures. <<<<>>>>  For all the attention on data and modelling and projecting what may be coming… But there was data hiding in plain view four months ago that predicted the novel corona virus that has resulted in the COVID-19 pandemic. Katherine Ellison is an author and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist based in San Fransisco who says researchers combed through social media data in December saw the rise of the new corona virus in China.   <<<<>>>  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 23 - The COVID-19 Daily Podcast with Dave Trafford

    This is DAY 23 of the COVID-19 pandemic. And Canadians are demanding to see the numbers that governments are seeing. How bad will this outbreak really be? Here’s what you need to know on Thursday, April 2, 2020 PM Trudeau questioned on COVID-19 projections, implores people to stay home 'You deserve to know': Ontario will release modelling data on 'extremely serious' COVID-19 threat Canada's COVID-19 cases surpass 10,000 COVID-19: Cases jump to nearly 2,100 in Montreal, with 14 deaths Number of COVID-19 deaths confirmed by local public health units is nearly double what Ontario is reporting New rule prohibits walking within two metres of another person in Toronto parks. Offenders could face fines of up to $5000. And Canada’s major charities and non-profit organizations say the time has come for them to be represented at the federal Cabinet table to cope with the COVID-19 fallout. <<<<<>>>>>  We are now into the fourth week of the COVID-19 pandemic and we are universally being told that the struggle to come is going to be tougher than anything we’ve seen so far. So, it’s not surprising that Canadians want to understand what to expect. How bad will this be? What are the projections for confirmed cases, for fatalities, for supply shortages? The Prime Minister addressed the issue in his daily briefing this morning, but he offered no specifics. Trudeau did say the matter of sharing the modelling projections would be the subject of discussion when the first minister’s meet this evening. But Ontario’s Premier, Doug Ford made a firm commitment this afternoon to share the numbers and projections he’s seeing with the public. But, he warns, we aren’t going to like what we see. <<<<>>>>  And Canada’s major charities and non-profit organizations say the time has come for them to be represented at the federal Cabinet table to cope with the COVID-19 fallout. Our RoundTable discussion includes Mark Rodgers, President and CEO at Leadership Village, Bruce MacDonald, President and CEO of Imagine Canada and Dr. Samantha Nutt, founder of War Child USA and Canada <<<<>>>  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 22 - The COVID-19 Daily Podcast with Dave Trafford

    Today, we begin WEEK 4 on DAY 22 of the COVID-19 pandemic. And all indications are that the toughest fight is still to come with Public Health officials telling us we should expect little relief from the isolation and physical distancing measures for months…not weeks. Here’s what you need to know on Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 *Toronto’s top doctor Dr. Eileen de Villa says she wouldn’t expect public health measures will have to remain in place up to 12 more weeks. Despite some “glimmer’s of hope” in some jurisdictions, the numbers continue to rise sharply right across the country… There's been a 500% increase in 14 days…in Toronto alone. Toronto’s Mayor John Tory ordered city events and venues to be canceled and closed in the coming weeks. That includes Pride Week at the end of June. Tory says it only underlines the seriousness of the situation.. The questions of how much and how long…were among the questions posed to Prime Minister Trudeau during his Wednesday morning briefing. *Christopher Nardi at the National Post cites a government document that “Current GoC [Government Operations Centre] modelling suggests as a best case scenario that current measures continue until at least July.” Meanwhile….Ontario’s Premier, Doug Ford says there are 'Dark days ahead': warning little separates the province from devastation we’ve seen in Italy and Spain. Researchers in Calgary also have a warning for you. Beware of the “conspiracy” theories you may see in your social media feeds. A report released by the University of Calgary School of Public Policy suggests Russia is waging a disinformation war and you are the target. Using various platforms, the campaign offers “evidence” the virus was created in America in order to halt the economic growth of China. <<<<<>>>>  It’s our intention and effort to make sure you’ve got a broad range of the best information available about COVID-19…and that’s why I make sure we provide links to the sources we’re using and to the voices we’re quoting. And it’s clear there’s an appetite for up to date, reliable and resourced information about COVID-19. To date, we’ve had more than 61 thousand downloads for our daily show and those numbers continue to increase. So thank you for listening. Thank you for the questions you’re sending along. I promise we will get to them and I will let each of you know when your questions will be addressed in the coming shows. We’re in this for the long haul…right along with you. If you like what you hear… I’d be grateful if you’d subscribe. I’d be thrilled if you shared it through your social media networks. <<<<<>>>>  One the media outlets that has been on the forefront of the COVID-19 story is STAT News out of Boston. And I had the opportunity to talk to STAT’s senior science writer Sharon Begley on my Weekend Morning Show on Newstalk 1010, back in early February. The headline on the story questioned: What happens if we don’t contain the novel Corona Virus? Nearly two months later, here we are. Sharon Begley joined us  from her home office in Boston and for all of our best intentions, as smart as we may all be…it’s clear that we didn’t pay close enough attention to this. If we’d responded sooner we may have been able to avoid some of the grief we’re going through now, never mind save some lives. Sharon Begley is a Senior Science Writer with STAT news   <<<>>>  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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  • Dr. Kieran Moore from KFL&A Public Health: April 2nd

    Should we start wearing masks in public? What to do if we see someone not being compliant to the latest recommendations from our government? We've got those answers and more regarding the COVID-19 pandemic with Dr. Kieran Moore, medical officer of health at KFL&A public health.
  • How To Donate Personal Protective Equipment

    A group of medical students at Queen's University is collecting personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers in Kingston during the COVID-19 pandemic.  You can email them at ppekingston@gmail.com and we learned more from med student Anna Curry.
  • Kingston Business Donates Thousands of N95 Masks

    During this COVID-19 global pandemic we've heard about the shortage of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) like the N95 masks. Town and Country Painting and Construction owner Jack Moussaoui has an abundance and we chatted with his wife, Maria, about how they've put them to good use.

  • Mayor Paterson COVID Update: March 27th

    Mayor Bryan Paterson joined us to explain what it means for the City of Kingston to declare a state of emergency. He also revealed that the city will be closing playgrounds, but parks will remain open.

  • MPP Ian Arthur

    Our MPP for Kingston and the Islands, NDP's Ian Arthur, joined us this morning to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic. He gave us his thoughts on how Ontario has responded, what he would do as Premier of the province, and some potential recipe ideas?

  • Play & Sing Courage by the Tragically Hip

    Montreal comedian Joey Elias wants ALL of us to come together tonight, March 26th, at 6pm by playing, singing, and dancing to "Courage" by The Tragically Hip. Make sure to record yourself and email it to courage4canada@gmail.com and maybe you'll make the montage! He join us for more details.

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