What did we learn about COVID-19 in the past week?
We learned that hand washing matters. We learned that social distancing matters. We learned that what we do today will have effects three weeks from today. We also learned that some people aren't paying attention.
Here’s what you need to know on Friday, March 20th, 2020
Prime Minister Trudeau says the details have been nailed down – the Canada-US border will be closed to non-essential travel as of midnight Friday. It means no tourists crossing the border but it does mean trade will continue to flow between the two countries.
Trudeau says Ottawa will be assisting Canadians who are trying to get home.
The PM also made it clear that irregular migrants seeking asylum at the US border will be turned back.
Up until now, the migrants have been allowed into Canada and ordered into isolation.
The Prime Minister also announced plans to engage the private sector to help stem the COVID-19 outbreak. Trudeau says major businesses and manufacturers have already offered assistance to boost health care and medical supplies.
A study by Toronto epidemiologists suggests that Canada's largest province could run out of intensive care beds and ventilators by late April, even assuming a sharp drop in the current infection rate.
Researchers from the University of Toronto, University Health Network and Sunnybrook Hospital have released a model showing Ontario could run short of machines and space to ventilate very sick patients in just over five weeks.
Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott told reporters on Wednesday, the province has adequate supply for the current situation.
She then noted the province had ordered 300 more ventilators that it expected to receive shortly and said automotive parts manufacturers are looking to retool their facilities so they can produce ventilators in Ontario.
Today…Dr. Dina Kulik answers questions about your kids and COVID-19
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There has been a lot of discussion and some confusion about the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. Associated Press had been reporting that human trials were supposed to begin on Monday of this week. So, where are we?
I put that question to Sharon Begley - a senior writer at STAT News.
As we noted off the top of the podcast, Canadians abroad are being told to get home now.
Barrie Shepley is among them. Barrie is the former Canadian Olympic triathlon coach and he has been running his annual training camp in Arizona for elite athletes – including wannabe Olympians.
He spoke to me earlier this week from his apartment outside Tucson. He says he and his athletes arrived in Arizona just before Canada and the US started restricting borders and international travel.
So, here we are at the end of DAY 8 for our daily podcast…and what have we learned in the last week?
We’ve learned that our actions or inactions today will be reflected three weeks from now. Whether its hand washing or closing borders, whatever we do today will come home to roost in the next three weeks.
What were you doing three weeks ago today?
Me? I was getting ready to host the Weekend Morning Show on Newstalk 1010 in Toronto. I was also preparing to celebrate LEAP DAY – February 29th – performing a house concert with Quisha Wint and Beau Dixon. We were playing music I’d written that celebrates the great Martin Luther King Jr.
We wouldn’t be doing that tomorrow..three weeks later.
What are you doing today? How will that be reflected three weeks from today?
I’d be interested to know…
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