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  • DAY 30 - The COVID-19 Daily Podcast with Dave Trafford

      This is DAY 30 of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what you need to know on Thursday, April 9, 2020 <<<<>>>  Canada’s modelling projections suggest the corona virus could kill 22,000 in this country – even with the strongest physical distancing protocols in place. More than a million Canadians lost their jobs in the last month. The unemployment rate hit 7.8 per cent in March. That’s an increase of 2.2 percentage points since February. More than 400 thousand of those lost jobs were in Ontario. CTV News is reporting that the House of Commons will be recalled for an emergency sitting on Saturday to pass an expansion to the wage subsidy program   British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved out of intensive care as condition improves   A National Academy of Sciences committee says it doesn't appear coronavirus will go away once the weather warms up.   <<<<>>>>  The numbers were staggering. Stats Canada reported more than a million lost jobs in the month of March. And while there are efforts underway to bridge workers and businesses through the financial crisis, the question is whether it’s enough to repair the damage being done to the economy. Perrin Beatty is the President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. He told BNN Bloomberg, these numbers are more than staggering. Beatty does note, the wage subsidy plans announced by Ottawa are helping. The House of Commons is expected to sit this weekend to pass legislation to expand the wage subsidies. <<<<<>>>>>  These unemployment numbers are being compared to the rates we saw during the Great Depression… Jon Erlichman is the host of The Open at BNN Bloomberg. He says the REAL unemployment rate may well be well above the 7.8% announced today. <<<<<>>>>>  Jon referred to the WAVE of COVID-19 and more waves to come in the pandemic. That’s based on the projections released by federal public health officials on Friday morning. The short-term federal projection on the spread of COVID-19 shows that between 500 and 700 Canadians could die from COVID-19 in the next week Dr. Stephen Lucas is the Health Canada Deputy Minister. He says the death toll over the course of the pandemic could range from 11 thousand to 44 thousand. And amid all the heavy news and difficult projections…LIFE goes on at home…for you and your family <<<<>>>>  I spoke to Nancy Marchese – founder of Breakthrough Autism – about the challenges parents and kids with autism are facing in light of the isolation and physical distancing orders during the pandemic. 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 29 - The COVID-19 Daily Podcast with Dave Trafford

    This is DAY 29 – we begin WEEK 5 of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what you need to know on Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 Saskatchewan is the latest province to release its COVID-19 projections. Modelling done by the province’s health authority suggests nearly 31 hundred could die in the province during the course of the pandemic. And that would be a best-case-scenario. The worst case set the death toll above 83 hundred. In Ontario, Premier Doug Ford says there is no excuse for the province to be lagging behind in COVID testing New modelling published at ScienceDaily.com and released by the Canadian Medical Association suggests periodic physical distancing may be the best way to curb the spread of the corona virus while providing “a chance to return to a more normal life.” Ottawa has made further adjustments to the federal wage subsidy plan and has unveiled plans to support summer jobs for students. Air Canada announced it will tap into federal wage subsidy program to rehire laid off workers. It’s not clear how many of the 16,500 laid off workers will be back on the job. And in this time of stress and isolation, we have another great story about “being what’s needed” when we are relying so heavily on others to help us get through the COVID crisis. <<<<>>>  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced measures today that expand the federal wage subsidy program to better address the bind business are finding themselves in during the COVID outbreak. Trudeau also said measures are in place to help businesses to hire high school and university students who need summer jobs. In Ontario, Premier Doug Ford had an “enough is enough” moment on Wednesday, telling the media he’s tired of seeing his Health Minister and Deputy Premier Christine Elliott twist in the wind because the province is lagging behind the rest of the country in its COVID testing program. The Premier says there are no more excuses now that the province has a proper supply of testing reagent. <<<<>>>>  In the UK this afternoon, Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in the ICU and it’s reported that he is responding to treatment for the corona virus. Rishi Sunak is Chancellor of the Exchequer. He told the media at 10 Downing, the PM is improving. <<<>>>> Indeed, COVID is indiscriminate. On Tuesday night, we got word that the “Ingenious Songwriter” had died due to corona virus complications. John Prine fell ill last month. His wife reported that he had pneumonia in both lungs and was on a ventilator. Bruce Springsteen paid tribute to Prine today on his Sirius Radio show. He called Prine “A true national treasure and a songwriter for the ages. We send our love and prayers to his family.” <<<<>>>>  So much of what we’ve witnessed in the past month has brought out the best in humanity. While scientists tackle the HOW and WHEN they can solve the COVID-19 pandemic, ordinary citizen ask WHAT? What can I do to help? There is no shortage of initiatives responding to the needs of others. And my friends SONSHINE and BROCCOLI are launching a challenge to all of us to acknowledge those who are stepping up and keeping us safe and making us better through all of this. It turns out Lisa Sonshine tagged me in the campaign! Well, song writing might be a nice distraction…We’ll give it a crack! And I would encourage you to do the same… The campaign is HASHTAG Out4Me. That’s Out the NUMBER 4 Me… 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 29 - The COIVD-19 Daily Podcast with Dave Trafford

    This is DAY 29 – we begin WEEK 5 of the COVID-19 pandemic.   Here’s what you need to know on Wednesday, April 8th, 2020   Saskatchewan is the latest province to release its COVID-19 projections. Modelling done by the province’s health authority suggests nearly 31 hundred could die in the province during the course of the pandemic. And that would be a best-case-scenario. The worst case set the death toll above 83 hundred.   In Ontario, Premier Doug Ford says there is no excuse for the province to be lagging behind in COVID testing   New modelling published at ScienceDaily.com and released by the Canadian Medical Association suggests periodic physical distancing may be the best way to curb the spread of the corona virus while providing “a chance to return to a more normal life.”   Ottawa has made further adjustments to the federal wage subsidy plan and has unveiled plans to support summer jobs for students.   Air Canada announced it will tap into federal wage subsidy program to rehire laid off workers. It’s not clear how many of the 16,500 laid off workers will be back on the job. And in this time of stress and isolation, we have another great story about “being what’s needed” when we are relying so heavily on others to help us get through the COVID crisis. <<<<>>>  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced measures today that expand the federal wage subsidy program to better address the bind business are finding themselves in during the COVID outbreak. Trudeau also said measures are in place to help businesses to hire high school and university students who need summer jobs. In Ontario, Premier Doug Ford had an “enough is enough” moment on Wednesday, telling the media he’s tired of seeing his Health Minister and Deputy Premier Christine Elliott twist in the wind because the province is lagging behind the rest of the country in its COVID testing program. The Premier says there are no more excuses now that the province has a proper supply of testing reagent. <<<<>>>>  In the UK this afternoon, Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in the ICU and it’s reported that he is responding to treatment for the corona virus. Rishi Sunak is Chancellor of the Exchequer. He told the media at 10 Downing, the PM is improving. <<<>>>> Indeed, COVID is indiscriminate. On Tuesday night, we got word that the “Ingenious Songwriter” had died due to corona virus complications. John Prine fell ill last month. His wife reported that he had pneumonia in both lungs and was on a ventilator. Bruce Springsteen paid tribute to Prine today on his Sirius Radio show. He called Prine “A true national treasure and a songwriter for the ages. We send our love and prayers to his family.” <<<<>>>>  So much of what we’ve witnessed in the past month has brought out the best in humanity. While scientists tackle the HOW and WHEN they can solve the COVID-19 pandemic, ordinary citizen ask WHAT? What can I do to help? There is no shortage of initiatives responding to the needs of others. And my friends SONSHINE and BROCCOLI are launching a challenge to all of us to acknowledge those who are stepping up and keeping us safe and making us better through all of this. It turns out Lisa Sonshine tagged me in the campaign! Well, song writing might be a nice distraction…We’ll give it a crack! And I would encourage you to do the same… The campaign is HASHTAG Out4Me. That’s Out the NUMBER 4 Me… 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 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.    
  • DAY 26 - The COVID-19 Daily Podcast with Dave Trafford

    This is DAY 26   of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what you need to know on Sunday, April 5, 2020 Here at home, Canadians desperate for financial relief in the face of layoffs and business closures will be able to start accessing federal funds as of tomorrow… In this morning’s briefing, the prime minister said the government will be moving to help high school and university students who count on seasonal work and don’t qualify for any of these relief programs. Meantime, Trudeau says Ottawa is making progress in ensuring front line health care workers get the protective equipment they need. Trudeau expects to speak to US President Donald Trump in the coming days regarding Washington’s decision to ban 3M from exporting N95 masks to Canada. <<<<>>>>  An historic day as we brace to face what is expected to be some of the toughest days we’ve seen since the World Health Organization declared the pandemic on March the 11th. Today, Queen Elizabeth II addressed the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, for only the third time as the British monarch and the fourth time since World War II. It’s worth noting, the Queen’s closing line –  recalls the war time Vera Lynn song. "We’ll meet again"   <<<>>>  We convened our weekly round table with Tony Chapman of Tony Chapman Reactions and host of the podcast Chatter than Matters, and Catherine Swift, former President and CEO of the Canadian Federation of Independent business.   <<<<>>>>    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 25 - The COVID-19 Daily Podcast with Dave Trafford

    This episode features your COVID questions and we've lined up Dan Riskin, CTV's Senior Science Correpondent and Howard Levitt, employment and labour lawyer with Levitt LLP
  • 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.    

COVID-19: THE FACTS

Reshmi Nair, host of "Outbreak: The Facts and Fiction of the Coronavirus" asks Dan Riskin, Bell Media science expert and Dr. Isaac Bogoch, Infectious disease physician at Toronto General Hospital YOUR questions about COVID-19