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: Masks

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

Plague Update: Shahab Predicts COVID Will Wane by March 2022

The depravity of Shahab and Moe is really laid bare, as Canada enters the 2nd Omicron wave in no small part to the removal of public health measures. They shamefully led the way with reducing public health.

2 months later, the reality that Omicron isn’t going away soon is sinking in.

A month back:

Meanwhile the Speaker has COVID and spread it around at a SUMA dinner with urban municipal lawmakers from all over Saskatchewan:

Nuclear War Not Humanity’s Only Option

Aside from the insane invasion of democratic Ukraine by the Russians, there’s another pending catastrophe in store for humanity anywhere between this afternoon and the next 5000 years. Destruction from space rocks slamming into our atmosphere is a near certainty in our solar system, but we have technology that can sometimes detect them in advance, and other technology being tested this year that can divert collisions.

Here’s a really interesting theory about a now well studied destruction of an ancient city that made it into Biblical stories.

This year though, we’ve come closer to nuclear war than any other time I can recall. Take time time to enjoy the 1964 cold war comedy: “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb”.

We shouldn’t stop worrying, or love the bomb, but it’s hard to know how much worry, anger, and hope to throw into one’s daily life right now.

Plague Update: Why WHO Didn’t Clear The Air

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.

Plague Update: Ford’s Failings Match Every Conservative Province

Like many Conservative run provinces, Ontario is facing a slow motion disaster in the second wave. The stalwart “Resistance” Premiers, opposed to a carbon tax, also show their disdain for science and human life with how they mishandle the pandemic. While Australia and New Zealand used focused lockdowns to stop active spread of the virus there, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and even BC face big problems.

Ford isn’t alone in this shame. Almost 2 months ago, Saskatchewan doctors knew the 2nd wave was coming, and Moe ignored calls to take effective action to stop it.

Meanwhile in Alberta, a hockey coach spoke up about how the league’s COVID-19 protocols didn’t stop isht, and got fined by the boss for speaking the truth.

Plague Update: Good News, and Bad News

The first vaccine has been delivered to the first Saskatchewanian healthcare worker.

Bad news:

The first case of wild mink COVID-19 has been confirmed in the world:

It sucks having a stupid Premier. To cover his inadequacies, he attacks PM Trudeau.

Kenney Stands Up For Doomed Oil

Nowhere in Canada is more cursed than Alberta. It’s the Resource Curse. And Jason Kenney is the leader of the cursed.

Some people have to wait decades to learn how wrong they are. Kenney’s scheduled to see in only 5 years.

I don’t know enough to say that Kenney is an intensely stupid man, because it’s entirely possible he’s evil and conniving and knows that oil is done, but says these lies anyway to his political advantage.

Plague Update: Fixation on Ventilators morphs into Ventilation

“There’s no perfectly ‘safe’ level of ventilation because we don’t actually know what ‘safe’ is, since we don’t know how much exposure leads to transmission,” Angela Rasmussen, a Columbia University virologist,”

That is from an article recommended by a virologist studying airborne diseases. The result is predictable: Stay Home to remove the risk. If you want to get into the nuts and bolts and use HEPA filters, cleaning theater, and HVAC wizardry, read all of the interesting details. Then even if you can master the air in your indoor spaces, will you have the money, equipment, and expertise to do it? And there will be an environmental cost if you don’t recapture the energy with a heat recovery ventilator (HRV). I know many are willing to put our environment second to health, but that payment is coming due soon anyway too.