The COVID-19 Daily Podcast with Dave Trafford

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We’ll take you into the scrum with Prime Minister Trudeau. We ask why we continue to count COVID-19 cases in Canada now that it’s in the community. AND… Doctors in Italy are warning the world – we need to completely rethink the way we treat COVID patients. Here’s what you need to know on Saturday, March 21, 2020 PM Trudeau not declaring national state of emergency for COVID-19 yet https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/trudeau-not-declaring-national-state-of-emergency-for-covid-19-yet-1.4862715   Former prime minister Stephen Harper will be one of 12 members on the newly formed Economic Recovery Panel in Alberta https://pressreader.com/article/281565177844051   DBRS has downgraded Alberta’s Issuer Rating and Longterm Debt rating due to plunging oil prices and the COVID-19 outbreak.                       https://pressreader.com/article/281612422484307   FEMA Declares New York a ‘Major Disaster’. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says one million face masks are being sent to hospitals in New York City and another 500,000 to Long Island. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/21/nyregion/coronavirus-new-york-update.html   Italian health officials are warning the world to decentralize their approach to treating COVID-19 patients. Hospitals may be the primary source of corona virus transmission. https://www.statnews.com/2020/03/21/coronavirus-plea-from-italy-treat-patients-at-home/ <<<<>>>> When should Canada’s federal government declare a state of emergency? Are Canadians abroad better to isolate in place rather than risk getting caught in quarantines or border closures? These were among the questions Prime Minister Trudeau addressed at his daily briefing. But top of mind was the need to do more testing https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/trudeau-not-declaring-national-state-of-emergency-for-covid-19-yet-1.4862715 <<<<>>>> Italy remains the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic. The healthcare system there is all but overwhelmed by the outbreak. Today, STAT NEWS is reporting that Italian health officials are telling other countries to reconsider how they treat COVID-19. There is a warning to decentralize patient care from hospitals to their homes and make the community a focus of interventions. Doctors in Bergamo say hospitals may well be the main source of COVID-19 transmission. https://www.statnews.com/2020/03/21/coronavirus-plea-from-italy-treat-patients-at-home/ <<<<>>>> The COVID-19 death toll in Canada is 13 to date. 10 of those cases are in British Columbia, 3 are in Ontario. In most cases, public health officials can trace connections to other infections. Such was not the case earlier this week when a 51 year old man died in Halton Region in Ontario with no apparent connections to the virus.   Dr. Neil Rau is an Infectious Disease Special. He works at the hospital where that death occurred and it has been difficult for the staff at Milton District Hospital. <<<<>>>> As this pandemic moves into a new phase in this country, it’s worth focusing on the great work that’s being done in public health and by charity and community groups trying to support the marginalized. We keep hear that fear and panic and scare-mongering will be the toughest thing to fight in the coming days and weeks… SO…there are online efforts to promote and boost CARE-mongering. Taking care of ourselves and each other.. Heather Wright at CTV National News says it gaining momentum by the day. https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/you-re-not-alone-in-this-canadians-are-caremongering-through-the-covid-19-pandemic-1.4859369 <<<<>>>> So, we close DAY 9 for this podcast with a reminder that the effects of what you do today to help curb the COVID-19 outbreak will seen and felt three weeks from now. Think back FEBRUARY 29th. What were you doing? Chances are you can’t or you aren’t doing that today. That’s quickly this has changed. IF YOU HAVE A STORY ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE OR A GOOD NEWS COMMUNITY STORY YOU WANT TO SHARE…send me an email. DAVE@DAVETRAFFORD.COM or connect with me on TWITTER @DaveTrafford.