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GREAT Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Lecture
Dr. Amesh Adalja, Johns Hopkins Senior Scholar, does a great job explaining Covid19. This one amazing education on what this virus is all about. a Must listen!

How Hong Kong Survived COVID-19
This Lady was living in Hong Kong when the first case of coronavirus was confirmed January 23, the same week, Wuhan, China shut down.  Hong Kong has 7.5 million residents living in some of the densest neighbourhoods in the world.* Life changed quickly, people stayed home to avoid exposure and very few people went on the street or on public transportation. Within days, the government told civil servants to work from home, and private employers largely did the same.  There’s been apprx 150 cases and 4 deaths in Hong Kong so far. They have almost NO new infections in the last week and are down to just 70 active infections.  they have WON. Evidence shows that the social distance measures in Hong Kong effectively ended the flu season.  An interesting fact is that hey never banned any international flights they just practised excellent safety protocols.. we can learn a lot from their procedures. On Sunday, the Hong Kong government finally issued a travel alert against going to the United StatesSource

btw. Hong Kong has 27.5 people/acre, Vancouver BC has 23.7/acre and New York has 44.5/ acre.  

Are Canadian Hospitals Prepared?

The United States and Canada have 2.8 beds per 1,000 residents. By comparison, Germany had 8 beds and China 4.3 per 1,000. Source

Three countries Controlling Coronavirus
Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong — three places with markedly different socio-economic and political features — have been able to interrupt the chain of the disease’s transmission. And they have done so without embracing the highly disruptive, drastic measures adopted by China. Their success suggests that other governments can make headway, too.

Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong, as well as China, all had to contend with the SARS outbreak of 2002-3 and they internalized the lessons of that experience. Institutionally, this has meant, among other things, that they developed testing capacity for new viruses as well as hospitals’ ability to handle patients with novel respiratory pathogens. At the individual level, the experience of SARS has prepared people to voluntarily display a tremendous amount of self-discipline in, say, avoiding crowds and heightening their personal hygiene. These places were better equipped to face an outbreak of the new coronavirus than many others.

Hong Kong was quick to react, it took five days after the first imported case for travel restrictions to be placed on visitors from Wuhan and other affected areas and for six of the territory’s 14 border crossings with the mainland to be closed. (Another five crossings were closed later.) The number of visitors to Hong Kong from mainland China fell to a daily average of 750 in February.

Starting on Feb. 5, anyone coming across the border — or arriving from elsewhere who had been in mainland China in the preceding 14 days — was required to undergo a mandatory 14-day period of self-quarantine.  Source

Put it in perspective, Sars, Mers, H1N1, 2020 Flu & Covid19 .

To put it in perspective, right now some 30 million North Americans have the flu and 37,000 have died this season.
Now this is a fairly normal flu season, and now apprx 80 have died from the coronavirus as of March 14 2020.

 So yes, you have a 463% higher chance of dying from the flu or a car accident.  So, of course, be safe, but put it in perspective.  BTW In 2009 H1N1 influenza killed more than 284,000 worldwide. CDC Source

The Sars - severe acute respiratory syndrome - outbreak lasted around eight months and killed 774 people out of around 8,100 confirmed cases.

  • Coronavirus deaths compared with Mers and Sars

Testing coronavirus medicine in months.

Testing coronavirus medicine in months.

The pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and AbCellera Biologics plan to co-develop a medicine for COVID-19.

 AbCellera isolated antibodies from the first U.S. patients recovering from coronavirus.   

“We hope to be in a clinical trial this summer. The speed is unprecedented in our industry.  AbCellera started this work 11 days ago  Source

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I think we Stopped Global Warming!   March 7 2020

Wow, I really think we Stopped Global Warming! Check out the map of the Zero No2 emissions from China in the last month.

The Nitrogen dioxide is a gas emitted by gasoline and diesel powered vehicles, thermal (coal) generating plants, and industrial landfills. In other words, it is an indicator of commercial and industrial activity associated with the combustion of fossil fuels.  We will be able to see when China turns those generators back on by watching this satellite map


Canada won't Ban Foreign Travellers!
March 5 2020 
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada won't ban foreign travellers arriving from countries grappling with COVID-19 outbreaks, adding that "knee-jerk reactions" won't help to stop the spread of the virus. Canada's approach differs from the protocols adopted by some of our closest allies.

U.S. President Donald Trump has claimed the United States is experiencing a low number of infections because it sealed its borders to travellers coming from outbreak-affected countries. Source

China Quarantines Overseas Travellers for 14-days. March 4 2020 
China just announced a 14-day quarantine for people arriving from overseas, with the strictest restrictions placed on those coming from countries with severe outbreaks, such as Italy, Iran, South Korea and Japan. Source

Israel ordered travellers arriving from Germany, France, Spain, Austria and Switzerland to go into home quarantine over coronavirus concerns. This is an addition to previous quarantine rules on to flights from Italy, China and Singapore. Source