DAY 53 - The COVID-19 Daily Podcast with Dave Trafford
This is DAY 53 of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what you need to know on Saturday, May 2, 2020 <<<<>>> Provinces across the country are preparing to re-open their economies in the coming days and weeks. As we noted in yesterday’s episode, that will have at varying paces depending on the circumstances in each province. That comes with questions of whether we’re moving too quickly or too slowly. Managing the next phase of our pandemic response will test more than our patience. It will be the toughest test yet for our political and public health leadership. We’ll dive in on that subject with a couple of political insiders Melissa Lantsman – a war room organizer for the Progressive Conservatives in the last Ontario election, and Scott Reid – a former adviser to Prime Minister Paul Martin. In the meantime… Montreal researchers are crunching the numbers and by their count, they say the number of COVID-19 cases in Canada is close to half a million. That would be 14 times higher than the numbers being officially reported. The World Health Organization says there was more than enough time for the world to prepare for the coronavirus. The WHO declared it an international emergency on January 30th when there were only 82 confirmed cases, all in China and no deaths. The US's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorised emergency use of the Ebola drug remdesivir for treating the coronavirus. Canadian Blood Services has started collecting COVID-19 convalescent plasma donation, as part of a research project to test whether it could assist in the recovery of infected patients. In theory, these antibodies can then be used as a treatment to help patients in the earlier stages of COVID-19 by attacking the virus in their system. 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.