Saskatchewan is a sad place to be right now, while the Premier is off on a second job farming when not golfing, a Cabinet Minister was on vacation in the USA, and the Health Min hasn't been seen since he berated reporters for covering the crisis.#COVID19SKhttps://t.co/FWE4iAoxFX
Interesting fact: Saskatchewan’s Minister of Health Paul Merriman’s last public appearance was over a month ago, on August 25. Then, he said the province was entering its fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. #covid19sk
I hope you have a long, hard, dark night of the soul because you have led this province burning to the ground. Oh, and for god sakes, give all front lines workers a raise. And fire @shandro#abhealth#ableg
Moe’s ending of restrictions and having the Roughriders hold super-spreader events has put the province into a pickle.
School hasn’t even re-opened yet, and the numbers are already approaching the terrible ones after school open last year, and Delta variant is more contagious. Parents who care about their kids are angry and terrified by the SaskParty government.
When I hear “Fourth Wave”, I’d rather be talking about feminism. Instead, the fourth COVID-19 wave is hitting Saskatchewan, and smart people are bracing, while fatigued and other people are resigned to let the latest wave led by the Delta variant just wash over them instead. Many are depending on their water wings, with a couple shots in the arm from a cornucopia of vaccines designed for a different, but very similar virus strain of SARS-CoV2.
Kids 11 and under, more than 15% of Saskatchewan’s total population, aren’t yet eligible for vaccination. The testing of the vaccines on that age group continues. Will they be safe enough to use to protect kids, or will we have to buckle down and get to COVIDzero, or herd immunity by nearing 90% vaccine coverage for the rest of us? #MathIsHard, because 100% – 15.x% is less than 90% by a fair bit. Looks like we’re going to need to step up our game, and step away from the well attended, maskless, unvaccinated football games.
There are many examples of leading scientists being shouted down by their peers for daring to propose a new theory, and after presenting evidence, supporting that theory, they’re still shouted down, or worse. The doctor who first realized that the germs on dead people were being spread to pregnant women by doctors performing autopsies before delivering babies, didn’t get credit during his lifetime for his remarkable discovery. The World Health Organization cited his 19th century work in their effort to control the novel coronavirus of 2019, soon named COVID-19. Their biases led them to miss an obvious point in the data: mask wearing helped reduce infections. What they knew about airborne disease, was based on a mistake from 60 years ago.
Last year, some scientists knew what was going on with COVID-19 transmission, but it was a year long battle to get the planet’s top doctors to realize that the 5 micron measure was a mistake that had been passed down over the decades in misunderstanding.
“In July, the two women sent slides to Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. One of them showed the trajectory of a 5-micron particle released from the height of the average person’s mouth. It went farther than 6 feet—hundreds of feet farther. A few weeks later, speaking to an audience at Harvard Medical School, Fauci admitted that the 5-micron distinction was wrong—and had been for years. “Bottom line is, there is much more aerosol than we thought,” he said.”
2 meters / 6 feet of distance won’t protect you if you’re indoors with a COVID-19 infected person, and the anti-viral wipes aren’t going to stop you from inhaling the infection.
You read this PPE shame before on my blog, but it was brought up in a mailing by local Conservative MP M. Kram.
“Never-Ending Blunders – Tons of PPE from National Stockpile destroyed”
Now, here are the facts:
“CBC News reported Wednesday that last year (2019), the government of Canada threw out two million N95 masks and 440,000 medical gloves when it shut down an emergency stockpile warehouse in Regina.
A spokesperson for the Public Health Agency of Canada, which oversees the stockpile, said in an email that the masks and gloves had been purchased in 2009 and “had passed the limit of five years for their use, as recommended by the manufacturer.” The masks expired in 2014.”
If you can remember 7 years ago, Stephen Harper was Prime Minister, and his government didn’t replace the masks which would have then expired 5 years later in the stockpile while Justin Trudeau was Prime Minister. Would they have thrown out freshly expired masks in 2019, instead of 5-year expired ones? Who knows? As it stands, each PM shares some blame for having Health Ministers not on top of emergency preparedness. So, why does Kram mail out a Liberal criticism list that mostly applies to his party as well?
“Failed to fund domestic vaccine production facilities”
“How did Canada lose such a national gem? In 1984, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, the greatest “privatizer” of our time, sold off Connaught Laboratories in two public issues, and it has since been resold, merged, side-swiped and wasted away to next to nothing. Said Liberal MP Jim Peterson at the time: “No industrialized country … would permit the takeover of its leading biotechnology firm.””
Alberta has reported 659 new cases of COVID-19 over the last three days, while Saskatchewan has reported 24 over the same period.
On Thursday, Moe announced further restrictions regarding northern travel.
The public health order restricts all non-critical travel in and out of the Northern Saskatchewan Administrative District (NSAD), which covers nearly half of the province but has a low population relative to the rest of Saskatchewan.”
If it can be done for northern Sask, it can be done inter-provincially too!
“In its latest COVID-19 update to physicians on Thursday, the Saskatchewan Health Authority reported that “uncontrolled intra- and inter-provincial travels is driving ongoing transmission and [facilitating] the speed of variant spread.”” –CBC
Geeze, it’d help if our Premier wasn’t a raging lunatic, hell bent on ignoring medical scientific advice, and just letting people (who aren’t northern Saskatchewanians) go where ever they please even if they *cough cough*, don’t feel well.
“Wasted millions on a feel-good “pandemic postcard” program”
It’s really effing ironic to be reading that from a tax-payer funded propaganda sheet with a printed cut-out postcard next to it, as Kram uses Canada Post on your dime to collect data for his insane party of hypocrites.
It’s been obvious since last Summer that indoor transmission is a risk because the virus is airborne. Would you go into a room with someone who has measles or TB? Not effing likely. Why? Because you wouldn’t want to trust that they and you are wearing your masks perfectly.
So why are some people comfortable sending their kids to old, poorly ventilated, crowded schools with literally dozens or hundreds of other “bubbles” mingling? It makes no GD sense. How’s it possible? A coordinated gaslighting campaign to make you think you’re being unreasonable to be uncomfortable about kids eating indoors at school with dozens of people while the Government says it’s too unsafe for adults and kids to do the same thing at restaurants in the same cities and towns.
Somewhat to my surprise, Saskatchewan managed last March and April to “Flatten the curve” and not exceed our ICU capacity in hospitals. A big part of this success was a lockdown where the streets were visibly empty for most of the day and night, kids were home from schools and many day cares, and many people could claim CERB emergency funding while they couldn’t work at their usual jobs.
Then Moe lied about using the virus reproduction rate to guide public health measures, and hasn’t looked back as wave after wave hits the people of this province, killing hundreds so far.
Then 2021 March and April, Saskatchewan did everything wrong. Schools and restaurants and other businesses nearly fully open, and the streets are jammed with every person going everywhere.
And in related news, the Health Minister is whining about how people don’t like how he let over 450 people die on his watch:
Meanwhile, Nova Scotia has an outbreak, so go on a 2 week lockdown. Saskatchewan has incompetent school boards deciding to send kids back with record COVID-19 variant numbers in our cities and towns. As schools closed, infection rates among kids went down. Hmm.