DAY 41 - The COVID-19 Daily Podcast with Dave Trafford
This is DAY 41 of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what you need to know on Monday, April 20, 2020 <<<<>>> COVID-19 cases continue to rise at various rates across the country. And the current circumstance at Long Term Health facilities has put pressure on medical and front line healthcare staffing. The Ontario Medical Association has partnered with a platform that helps healthcare centres get the staff support they need. We’ll talk more about it coming up in the podcast. Canada’s federal parties have agreed on plans to allow Parliament to hold a mix of in-person and virtual House sittings at least until May 25. The agreement allows parliamentary business to continue while MPs can respect physical distancing measures. The latest modelling numbers from the province of Ontario suggest community spread appears to have peaked in the province. Health officials are projecting fewer than 20,000 total cases over the course of the pandemic. Projections presented just two weeks ago suggested 80 thousand Ontarians would be infected by the end of April. The worst case scenario suggested the province would have as many as 300 thousand cases within a 12-18 month period. Dan Riskin is CTV’s Senior Science Correspondent. He says these results suggest the physical distancing and isolation measures have had an effect on outcomes. He makes it clear, the health officials didn’t “get it wrong”, they presented projections based on the trends and behaviour they observed a month ago. In the meantime, Ontario Premier Doug Ford says his government is working on a framework to guide the “gradual, measured and safe” reopening of the economy <<<>>> The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 25% of infected people might not have symptoms. That may suggest COVID-19 is considerably less lethal than originally feared. While that's clearly good news, it also means it's impossible to know who around you may be contagious. It complicates decisions about returning to work, school and normal life. Muslims around the world will observe the holy month of Ramadan under lockdown and tight restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak that has paralysed entire countries. The WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION tells BBC News countries with high air pollution levels could face increased risks of COVID-19. A US study suggests Covid-19 death rates rise by about 15% in areas with even a small increase in fine-particle pollution levels in the years before the pandemic. The top male tennis player in the world says he would oppose compulsory COVID-19 vaccinations. A Reuters report says Novak Djokovic “wouldn’t want to be forced by someone to take a vaccine in order to be able to travel.” World cruise that set sail pre-pandemic docks in Spain 15 weeks later Brazil’s President Balsonaro has come under criticism for joining protestors demanding COVID-19 lockdowns be lifted. CNN is reporting, US President Trump and Russian President Putin have spoken four times in the past two weeks. President Trump’s Twitter account suggests the leaders were engage in the OPEC plus discussion. But a few days after their latest call, the US Navy says a Russian jet flew to within 25 fee of a US surveillance plane at high speed in international airspace over the Mediterranean Sea. <<<<>>>> “BookJane” offers health care facilities and staffing agencies the ability to use its platform to help relieve staffing shortages and labor inefficiencies in hard-hit markets. “The COVID-19 pandemic is creating staffing challenges for care facilities across North America,” stated Curtis Khan, CEO and founder of BookJane. “We want to ensure that facilities have the staff they need to deliver consistent health care during this crisis. To do that, BookJane is offering all health care facilities free access to its platform to better manage and leverage their staff, create shared resource pools, and maintain clear communications with everyone in their organization.” <<<<>>>> 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.