Plague Update: Can’t Handle The Truth

One of the best doctors in the country, not only for the health services he provides, but for his outreach regarding the climate crisis, is Dr. Joe Vipond. Here he is explaining the current health crisis and what can be done about it, while many others in his field shirk their responsibility to clearly communicate.

It wasn’t even 3 years ago that everyone made an effort to #FlattenTheCurve as our healthcare workers faced impossible odds to help everyone through a crisis like no other. Now, with Conservative governments sworn to avoid public health measures to satisfy their anti-masker bases, we’re amplifying an already bad situation and children are suffering because of it.

@trudykeil · “I can tell you why leaders aren’t saying the “A” (airborne) word.. capitalism and pressure from the far right. Conspiracy theorists were loud, obnoxious, and threatening and politicians weakly bent to their will. Now here we are in dystopia as kids get sick and few people care.”

@AndersonBooz · “Speaking the uncomfortable truth: politicians and other adults refuse to protect children because it is inconvenient to do so. They say sentimental things like “Kids are our future” but then their actions betray their self-interest.”

It shouldn’t be limited to only people reading my blog, or following the best people on Twitter, to know that science has answers to the current crisis.

@Sitarj · “Safety culture was one of the defining Canadian characteristics that I used to point to in contrast to Mexico and COVID absolutely murdered that. I’m looking at you @WorkSafeBC.”

@ProHealth4MyKid · “You summarized 3 years of complete failure & strategic misinformation in a few minute interview. Well said & well done.I’m so tired of living in this vile society that forces children to be repeatedly infected with viruses when the tools are in front of us.”

We don’t hear Conservative Premiers back down from their ultimatums against public health protections, even when kids’ lives are on the line. They can’t bear the taste of crow, not even to save kids? It’s hard to imagine more ideologically despicable human beings.

If they gave a damn, here’s what would happen:

They’d have a TV suppertime announcement with a public health leader explaining that COVID-19 is airborne, and infected people need to be isolated while the source of their infection is traced. They’d required people wear respirators in public indoor spaces, and start distributing them. They’d issue a cell phone alert advising people to wear respirators, and limit social contacts for a few weeks. They’d admit that COVID-19 is an ongoing pandemic emergency that is not over and pretending it is done has caused harm.

Possibly Close The Schools temporarily. Offer UBI or CERB to parents losing income to care for their children. Extend sick leave benefits.

We’ve done it before, we know it works to delay infections and give the healthcare workers time to catch up.

Plague Update: Upon Reflection, Let Me Off This Ride

Here’s a frank account of what the last 3 years have held for hopes, dreams, and ultimately failures. I can’t disagree with his points.

Here’s my summary.

We went into the pandemic unprepared. Canada landfilled crates full of expired N95 masks stockpiles prior to needing them in 2020. Our leaders insisted there was no problem, as pro athletes mocked the seriousness of COVID-19 just before their leagues shut down to save their lives. Schools were closed, and the Canadian government issued emergency funding to many people since they couldn’t work in offices or at worksites until we got a better handle on how screwed we were. March 2020 went by, and many places didn’t ‘become Italy’ with its absurd death rate, so capitalist governments still chomping at the bit, announced they’d “Re-open economies”.

Kids went back to schools without any protections aside from masks worn most of the day in crowded rooms, some with poor ventilation. Infection rates crept upward, there weren’t any vaccines to rely on, and few experimental drugs to help those ending up in hospitals with overwhelmed bodies.

Then vaccines arrived for most people in the western world in 2021, but it quickly became apparent that variants were infecting “fully vaccinated” people. Terrible governments who wanted to emulate the Americans, like Alberta, dropped mask requirements, before admitting it was based on faulty UK data and analysis. Infections got worse, and Delta arrived and thrived at the expense of lives. Saskatchewan’s incompetent and malicious Premier Moe got COVID after spreading it at a school he was campaigning at. The Speaker of the Legislature got it. The Prime Minister of Canada caught it a second time after attending a maskless conference in the USA.

Then things really fell apart. There’s no public health measures, no testing and tracing available, and no chance for most people to access drugs to fight COVID-19 infections at home. All this while we know that repeated infections are terrible for your health, and could very well shorten lifespans in meaningful ways. Kids are needing hospitalization at a rate that our systems can’t keep up with. If we aren’t even willing to do what’s best for our children, what good is our society?

UPDATE: Will Santa’s reindeer be a bio-hazard this Christmas?

Plague Update: Not Much Better, Possibly Worse

My blog lately doesn’t have enough good content, and I can’t claim this is either, but it’s how I feel and apparently someone else does too:

“Nobody who is trying to convince you to take off your mask will be there for you when you get sick. When you lose your taste, they will make fun of you for eating so little (happening to someone I know). When you have chronic fatigue, they will call you a hypochondriac.

When you have blood clots, they will say “oh so young” & carry on with their lives. When you file for disability & get denied multiple times, they will simply delete you out of their lives.

They will not go to the numerous doctor appointments with you. When you need financial help for your deteriorating health conditions, they will avoid you like the plague(not an accurate expression now but you know what I mean). They will NOT be there for you. You will suffer alone.

Whoever’s trying to convince you to take off your mask because they did, are doing so to feel less bad about their own decisions. They are telling you to risk your long term health so they wouldn’t have to stare at their own stupidity. They are BAD friends.

The end.” – Guglar9

I would change that only to say that they’re maybe not bad friends, but they aren’t with you on pushing back against the government lunacy that removed every Public Health measure aside from vaccination being available. Canadians with heart conditions, like me, can’t even get a prescription for Paxlovid if we get sick, but there are hundreds of thousands of doses of the drug sitting on shelves saving no one.

Plague Update: Sask Health Suffers Long Term Care Outbreak

COVID in wastewater has never been higher in Regina, and the people have never been less mandated to care about the health of their fellow Saskatchewanians. Even a random person from 2019 would be more likely to put on a mask when told that they could save lives with one simple move.

Plague Update: PM Trudeau Has COVID-19 Again

The PM got COVID by going to the Americas summit in the USA recently.

Gee, what could he have done better to protect himself? Maybe not speak moistly into the faces of world leaders 3 days ago and all last week?

Plague Update: Doug Ford Broke Quarantine Law

Liberals might be happy to learn that OPC leader Doug Ford has been privately prosecuted with breaking federal quarantine law. Trial is pending.

They may be less excited to learn that Justin Trudeau should face similar prosecution for breaking the same law in the same manner. Another who should be charged gave this excuse for their breaking of the public safety measure: “He also noted that the press conference was not a public setting.” Imagine that a ‘private’ press conference.

One of the law profs behind the prosecution of Ford has made waved on Twitter previously.

I think it would be easy to find other Premiers like Moe who’ve broken the quarantine law too. Wasn’t Moe just gallivanting around Europe and the Middle East?

Plague Update: What Does COVID Do Anyway?

COVID-19 a thrombotic disease that can be caught again, and again, and again if the first bouts are survived, and isn’t confined to a “season” because it’s so much more contagious than influenza. It has multiple waves that sweep through a community each year. Governments are using ‘magical words’ to convince people there’s a “mild”, “new normal” that is acceptable and survivable so the people will willingly return to economic activity compatible with consumptive capitalism. That locust-style capitalism also happens to be ending our habitat’s economic viability and then our survivability sometime this decade or the next.

@nytimes

“The coronavirus has become more adept at reinfecting people as Omicron and its many descendants seem to have evolved to partially dodge immunity. Waves of infections two, maybe three times a year may be the future of Covid-19, some scientists now fear.”

Plague Update: Drugs and Tests

Are the Rapid A Tests much good for making social plans? Not definitively. Cases are going undetected by tests in many cases, giving false negatives that result in infectious people feeling confident to mingle with uninfected people.

The leading anti-viral drug, Paxlovid, is being tested for use to fight symptoms of longcovid.

It remains difficult in Canadian provinces and elsewhere in the world to obtain Paxlovid by prescription.

Weeks ago there were rising COVID cases in Saskatchewan while China was extending severe lockdowns to try to wipe out the virus there. The Saskatchewan Government continues to limit information given to the public, and intends to slash it 4 times further, to monthly updates at best. This leaves people in the dark about the true danger, encouraging them to let down their guard. This will likely generate new variants, and non-stop exposure risk, given the previous waves of the pandemic.

Plague Update: BoJo’s Contempt For Parliament

Two years ago the UK PM Boris Johnson almost died from COVID-19.

About 3 months after that, he broke his own government’s COVID-19 public safety measures and had a birthday party for which he was recently fined for attending. He became the first British PM to be found to have broken the law while in office. Rather than resigning in disgrace as Pie argues for in his satirical video here, BoJo stayed on and is expected to avoid sanction in Parliament because of his party’s corruption and support in a majority government situation.

BoJo is among the worst human beings, and the British have him as Prime Minister, of course.

Plague Update: Masks

Some ill-considered American judge has opened the door for COVID-19 even further by allowing maskless people on American planes.