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Re: Outbreak! (Coronavirus discussion)
« Reply #30 on: March 24, 2020, 11:57:50 PM »

Yes, it's the relatively short timespan during which those deaths are occurring that is the mind-boggling part. There are plenty of things that kill more people, but those numbers are spread out over a year at a "reasonable" pace. For instance in Canada in 2018 alone:
- 80,000 died of cancer
- 53,000 from heart disease
- 8,500 from flu/pneumonia

Imagine the coronavirus being allowed to continue unchecked for a whole year, and you can see how easily it could climb into the millions worldwide like the pandemics of history.
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Re: Outbreak! (Coronavirus discussion)
« Reply #31 on: March 25, 2020, 08:36:36 AM »

Yes, short-time span for so much death but also unlike the 3 other big killers that you cited, the virus has caused massive disruption to society across the globe. 

If any of those other 3 had regularly triggered the kind of systemic changes in how we live and go about our daily routines, then this outbreak might not seem as apocalyptic.

That said, who knows maybe going forward we could have regular viral outbreaks that force society to permanently adjust to it the same way we have adjusted to things like the flu.

edit: and now a summary of developments for Tue Mar 24 2020:
- in 84 days, the world has now reached over 417,966 positive cases and 18,615 dead.
- WHO is now saying that social distancing is no longer enough to keep the virus from spreading. Countries must use more aggressive testing of suspected cases and then quarantine any who had close contact with the patient.

- the US saw an increase of 9000 new cases in just 24 hours; this is the biggest increase for any country. After Trump said he would like to get Americans back to work by Apr 12th, a health official said that if that happened, it would lead to millions of deaths. Trump is reportedly listening more to his economic advisors than to his health advisors. Trump: "I think Easter Sunday, and you'll have packed churches all over our country, I think it would be a beautiful time." (uggghhhhh, this idiot is going to get SO many people killed...)

- China is beginning to ease restrictions after a sharp decline in COVID-19 cases; once it ends on Apr 6th, the lockdown will have been for 76 days. Work is slowly beginning to resume in factories. Travel restrictions still remain.

- there have been 743 new deaths in Italy in the last 24 hours. The prime minister says fines will be as high as 3000 euros to anyone who ignores the nationwide isolation rules. And a cruise ship has been converted into a floating medical facility to house and treat patients who are in recovery, so that hospitals can be opened up for patients who need more intensive care.
- an Italian priest who gave his own respirator to a younger patient has died.

- there were 514 new deaths in Spain in the last 24 hours, with a total number of deaths to just under 3000.
- an ice rink in Spain, has been converted to a morgue, after the local funeral service could not accept any more dead bodies.

- India, with a population of 1.3 billion, where many people live on the streets homeless or in makeshift houses, is going into a 21-day lockdown. It will be the world's largest lockdown, with a total ban of people venturing outside of their homes. Infections have been occurring in small towns within India. There have been 460 positive cases and 10 deaths in India.

- the Olympic summer games will be postponed by 1 year; this is the first time that they've been postponed (the games have been cancelled before but never postponed).

- the mayor of New York announcing that the rate of new infections in his city is doubling about every 3 days.

- more than 80 new cases in Ontario, including a police officer; a woman in her 90s living in an Oshawa long-term care residence has died.

- starting today, Ontario will cut hydro rates to help people working from home and in self-isolation, for the next 45 days/6 weeks, the rate during the day will now be the lowest rate (i.e. the same rate that you would pay after 7pm)

- Canada Post will cut their service hours (they will open 1hr later, and close 1hr earlier) and start dropping packages off at the door without waiting for a signature from the resident
- new cases in Canada are now doubling every 4 days, and at that rate we could see 10,000 cases by the end of March (that's just next Tuesday!).

- Canada saying that 90% of new cases being reported are from infections occuring while people are walking around in their community, not from international travellers returning home. The gov is again urging people to stay at home. There are over 2700 cases in Canada.

- Ontario now reports 50 people now in hospital due to COVID19, up 11. 17 are in ICU beds, up 5. 7 are on ventilators. 31 frontline healthcare workers have now contracted the virus.

- 10,000 people in Ontario are still awaiting to find out if they are positive or not for the virus.
- hundreds of thousands of people in Ontario apply for employment insurance, with lines stretching around the block (many who say that they are having trouble filing online so they came to the physical Service Canada office). The number of the total Canadians applying for EI is approaching 1 million. Service Canada's 1-800 number is overwhelmed, with people being put on hold for hours.

- list of “essential” businesses released by Ontario, including feed, animal food, pet food and animal supplies including bedding. Also: banks, taxis/ride-sharing, Motor vehicle, auto-supply, auto and motor-vehicle-repair, including bicycle repair, aircraft repair, heavy equipment repair, watercraft/marine craft repairs, car and truck dealerships and related facilities; Hotels, motels, shared rental units and similar facilities, including student residences;  More essential businesses include: Newspaper publishers; Radio & Television Broadcasting. Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers. Beer, wine, and cannabis stores are also treated as essential.

- Trudeau is leaving the door open to using smartphone data to track Canadians' compliance with pandemic rules
- Parks Canada is restricting vehicles in national parks and national historic sites after people flocked to the popular areas on the weekend.

...and some breaking news: Prince Charles has tested positive for the virus, only showing mild symptoms so far: https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/prince-charles-coronavirus-test-positive-1.5509194

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Re: Outbreak! (Coronavirus discussion)
« Reply #32 on: March 25, 2020, 02:38:44 PM »

Unfortunately, things will continue to get worse before they start to get better. This is going to be a long haul.
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Re: Outbreak! (Coronavirus discussion)
« Reply #33 on: March 25, 2020, 07:17:34 PM »

 
 your joking right ? Trumps fn retarded. i cant believe the crap hes been spewing the last two days. even for him its bad.

 if he wins again there is no hope for the US.
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Re: Outbreak! (Coronavirus discussion)
« Reply #34 on: March 25, 2020, 07:53:23 PM »

Trump has already gotten 1 American man killed and his wife almost killed.  Some of you may have heard the recent news story about a married couple that heard Trump talk about an anti-malaria drug that he proclaimed could be the answer to combating the virus...  you can guess that they didn't hesitate and sought out the "cure" themselves.

END RESULT:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/24/coronavirus-cure-kills-man-after-trump-touts-chloroquine-phosphate

I listened to Trump's press conference myself and for sure he was overselling it as a potential treatment. The way a slimy snake oil salesman would pitch a cure-all.

The wife was in critical condition but was still able to give a phone interview. I think she sadly learned her lesson the hard way.
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“Trump kept saying it was basically pretty much a cure,” the woman told NBC.

She said her advice would be: “Don’t take anything. Don’t believe anything. Don’t believe anything that the president says and his people … call your doctor.”

The one relief from what I reported yesterday is that Trump does not have the power to override the social distancing restrictions that local state governors have put in place. Trump can WISH that those rules will be relaxed by Easter, but the governors don't have to obey. Thank the maker for that.

The US is already in huge trouble according to this chart that was compiled by the Financial Times. Note that even Italy is starting to flatten a bit, while the US definitely is not.



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Re: Outbreak! (Coronavirus discussion)
« Reply #35 on: March 25, 2020, 09:56:55 PM »

If Trump had gotten over himself way back at the beginning (which would be a first, I know), he could have possibly had this thing licked in time for the election and come out smelling like roses. Now it'll drag on and make him look more and more like the fool he is. Of course, he will blame it all on the Democrats, the media, China, the Easter Bunny, the Man on the Moon... whatever fiction pops across his Twitter feed at 4:15 in the morning.
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Re: Outbreak! (Coronavirus discussion)
« Reply #36 on: March 26, 2020, 07:59:52 AM »

Here's a perfect example of who in the USA will die first. The healthcare workers. I just saw this posted on twitter:

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Mark Elliott   @markmobility

Holy freaking hell. A nursing manager at Mt Sinai Hospital in NYC just died from coronavirus. Nurses at the hospital have been wearing trash bags because of the lack of protective gear.

Worker at NYC hospital where nurses wear trash bags as protection dies from coronavirus

https://nypost.com/2020/03/25/worker-at-nyc-hospital-where-nurses-wear-trash-bags-as-protection-dies-from-coronavirus/




The governor of NY has been pleading with the White House to implement emergency measures that would force US companies to start making more protective gear for healthcare workers. Here is Trump's response so far:

Trump commits to helping blue states fight the coronavirus — if their governors are nice to him
https://www.vox.com/2020/3/25/21193803/trump-to-governors-coronavirus-help-ventilators-cuomo

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President Donald Trump says he’s willing to help blue-state governors who are struggling to contain coronavirus outbreaks — but only if they’re willing to stop criticizing him in exchange.

“It’s a two-way street,” Trump told Fox News on Tuesday. “They have to treat us well, also. They can’t say, ‘Oh, gee, we should get this, we should get that.’”

Trump’s comments came as Andrew Cuomo — the Democratic governor of New York, the state currently at the heart of America’s coronavirus outbreak — pleaded with Trump to do more to provide his state (and others) with medical gear and ventilators. Trump’s line seems to be that Cuomo isn’t in a position to make demands unless he refrains from criticizing the federal government (and, by extension, him).

It is ALWAYS quid pro quo with this pathetic individual. He won't do anything for you unless you either lavish praise on him or stop criticizing him or whatever.  Even when millions of lives are at stake he can't put his own ego aside.

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Re: Outbreak! (Coronavirus discussion)
« Reply #37 on: March 26, 2020, 09:53:25 AM »

All I can say is, the US is *ucked.
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« Reply #38 on: March 26, 2020, 11:04:00 AM »

I agree completely.  The sooner Trump gets sidelined, the better off we all will be!
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« Reply #39 on: March 26, 2020, 12:15:30 PM »

It's during a time of crisis that true leaders emerge.

I'm proud that our PM here in Quebec is acting like a fatherly, respectful, directive leader who took matters seriously from the start and decided to act to save lives rather than think about the politics and the economics of this pandemic. I didn't vote for Legault, but to be quite frank he is showing that he definitely is the man of the situation. The Hell, he even acted a month before any European leaders did.

Trump is literally the opposite. He is no leader, he's a bully. People fear him like they would of a dictator. He is a self-centered, ego-maniacal, money-driven evil. When he will be forced to step down from office, I predict he will be facing the law, with accusations of criminal negligence, having put the lives of millions of US citizens at risk, even causing 10 millions of deaths during this pandemic...



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Re: Outbreak! (Coronavirus discussion)
« Reply #40 on: March 27, 2020, 01:17:37 AM »

Here's a great article that documents the effect that the virus is having on a very human, very everyday-person level:

https://gizmodo.com/the-human-brain-is-just-not-meant-to-process-this-much-1842477301


...and now the news for Thursday March 26th 2020:

- the number of confirmed cases worldwide is now at 500,000+ with almost 24,000 deaths, and the United States now has the most cases in the world at more than 82,000 which means it has surpassed China and Italy. The US has now seen 1100+ deaths.
- a New York doctor said: "9-11 was nothing compared to this. They just keep coming. And they're all ages. Don't delude yourself into thinking only the old will die. It's Hell. Biblical. I kid you not."  Today New York recorded 100 new deaths in the last 24 hours.
- there are so many dead, that a refridgerated truck has been brought into the hospital to store all the bodies.
- tents are set up to serve as makeshift morgues
- New Orleans could run out of ventilators in about a week
- different states are now discriminating against residents from other states: Rhode Island says it will pull over any New Yorkers, Texas says it will force people from New York and New Jersey into quarantine.
- the US passed the largest financial rescue package in history to help unemployed workers and industries hurt by the pandemic. The stock market is now up for 3 days in a row on the stimulus news.

- Italy still has the highest overall dead, at 8165.
- Spain is second at 4000 deaths
- 14% of those infected in those 2 countries are healthcare workers; doctors and nurses are among the dead.
- London officials warn that their hospitals could be overwhelmed in a matter of only days.

- in Canada, we have more than 4000 cases with 600 new cases reported today, in total there have been 39 deaths here.
- unfortunately our rate of infection is curving upward instead of flattening; we hit our 100th case on March 11th, since then the cases have surged past 1000, then 2000, then 3000. Only by staying at home can we hope to flatten out during this critical stage.
- Premier Doug Ford lashes out at a popular Toronto food store for price-gouging, charging 5 times the regular price, $30 for Lysol hand wipes. The store, Pusateri's Fine Foods, claimed that it was a pricing error, but twitter users slammed the store for being caught trying to jack up prices during a crisis. The advice is to report any price gouging to Consumer Protection Ontario.
- there has been a large increase in people speeding and stunt driving on Toronto roads during the corona outbreak, due to the reduced number of vehicles driving. So far just this month alone, 33 people have been charged for stunt driving, which is twice the number charged for the entire year of 2019. On the positive side, collisions are now down 30% since the crisis began.

- Japan has done a better job at flattening the curve, attributed by some to a mask-wearing, obedient population.

- experts at Imperial College London (who do disease mapping) released a report that discusses where this outbreak could be headed:
1) in the absence of any intervention, this virus would've infected 7 billion and killed 40 million
2) with intervention, the number of deaths can be reduced to half (20 million). Health care systems across the world would still be overwhelmed, especially in poorer countries.

Only by suppressing the spread through testing, isolating infected people and their contacts, and strict social testing can the death toll be reduced further.

3) any delays in implementing strategies to suppress transmission will lead to worse outcomes and few lives saved.
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Re: Outbreak! (Coronavirus discussion)
« Reply #41 on: March 28, 2020, 12:43:19 PM »

Fri Mar 27 2020:
- WHO Director General: "The pandemic is accelerating at an exponential rate. The first 100,000 cases took 67 days. The second 100,000 took 11 days, the third 100,000 took just 4 days, and the fourth 100,000 just 2 days."

- number of worldwide deaths is above 27,000
- Global National: the US has 100,000+ infections and more than 1500 deaths as of Friday afternoon
- Donald Trump today finally changed his mind and enacted the War Time Defense Production act to force corporations such as General Motors to start making ventilators. He then criticized the governors for criticizing HIM for being so slow to act, saying that "I want them to be appreciative."
- doctors are turning to the black market to buy protective health equipment in order to keep themselves safe
- the virus is not expected to peak in New York for another 3 more weeks.

- Italy had 969 deaths in one day, the military can't build field hospitals fast enough
- Spain had 769 new deaths, and the UK had 181 new deaths where the rate of infection is doubling every 3-4 days.

- COVID-19 has now killed more Canadians than SARS did and in a fraction of the time; 44 Canadians died of SARS back in 2003. Currently 55 Canadians have died from COVID-19. There are 4757 positive cases in all of Canada.
- Ontario now has 1006, Quebec has 2021 positive cases and is the epicenter of the outbreak in this country
- Toronto has 457 cases, 29 of whom are hospitalized, and 4 deaths

- Health authorities say 6% of Canadians who contract coronavirus are hospitalized, 2.5% require critical care, with a fatality rate of 1%. Canadians are urged to maintain 2-metre 'bubble' around themselves when they have to go out in public.

- a McDonalds employee in Hamilton has been accused of faking being infected by coronavirus so that she could get out of work. The 18-year old teenager handed a forged doctor's note to her employer, who then had to shut down the restaurant and send all of the employees home to self-isolate. She was arrested and is now facing several mischief and fraud-related charges.

- PM Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus; he is the first major world leader to be confirmed to have the virus.

- all Service Canada offices across the country are now closed; applications for EI have to be done online (however one man who tried going to an office said to a reporter that the online process has a technical problem that prevented him from completing his application).

- at least 512 NYPD employees have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Friday morning

- a deceased person can still carry the virus for 36 hours after death, funeral workers are worried they could contract COVID-19 while working with the corpse, or they could catch it from visiting relatives.

- https://globalnews.ca/news/6743979/condom-shortage-coronavirus/
COVID-19: World’s biggest condom producer warns of global shortage! A global shortage of condoms is looming, the world’s biggest producer said, after a coronavirus lockdown forced it to shut down production.

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« Reply #42 on: March 29, 2020, 12:44:10 AM »

Sat Mar 28 2020:

"When all of this is over, the world won't be the same."

- the US reported 20,000 new cases today, bringing it to over 120,000 positive cases; the death toll has exceeded 2000 since Thursday
- 800,000 physicians signed and sent a protest letter to Trump telling him that social distancing must continue
- on Thur and Friday in New York, the COVID-19 virus was killing New Yorkers at a rate of 1 person every 17 minutes
- Trump is considering a quarantine on all of New York, even as some New York residents are trying to flee the area. (I never thought that the 80s movie "Escape from New York" would be a reality...)
- the US government has given rapid approval to a new test for the virus, giving back results within minutes. The goal is to produce 50,000 of these rapid-testkits per day starting next week.

- more than 20,000 people in total have now died across Europe
- Italy has now reached 10,000 dead; Spain is now over 5000 dead, and the UK has now exceeded 1000 deaths.
- in Spain, a paramedic comments that the average age of those dying is decreasing, no longer are they 80-year olds, now it is people in their 30s and 40s who are dying. The PM announced even stricter restrictions today, shutting down businesses for 2 weeks.
- in the UK, the country's top doctor offered a bleak outlook for his country: "If we can keep the death toll below 20,000 then we will have done very well in this epidemic." (i.e. they are still expecting to see 20 times the number of deaths that they have currently experienced as of today)
- vacuum company Dyson, will begin building ventilators

- in WuHan, China, things are slowly getting back to normal, the government has shut down movie theaters again to keep the virus from spreading a second time.
- Russia announces that on Monday night, it will close down all of its borders to foreigners.
- drive-in movie theaters are becoming very popular again in Germany (since the operator has no contact with customers, and customers are themselves isolated from one another in their cars)

- Canada's death toll jumps to 61, and there are now 5665 confirmed cases
- about 7% of patients are in hospital, 3% are critically ill, and 1% have been fatal

- Ontario enacting new bill that severely punishes anyone or any corporation trying to gouge on selling protective medical equipment, cold medication, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, etc. that includes huge fines from $700 to $500,000 and jail time of up to 1 year.
- Ontario has 512 cases, 36 are in the ICU, and 4 deaths
- a Loblaws employee at Yonge-Eglinton has tested positive, the store has been closed for cleaning

- BC recorded its largest one-day spike in positive cases today
- anyone riding on VIA Rail will now be subject to health tests before they are allowed to board the train

- one TTC driver is so fearful of the risk of bringing home the virus that when he comes home from work, he changes out of his work clothes in the garage, makes minimal contact with his children and wife, and sleeps in a separate part of the house. Bus drivers feel trapped and scared, citing that they feel TTC management aren't establishing policies to keep the drivers protected from any infected passengers; drivers are worried about speaking out openly on the issue at the risk of losing their jobs. TTC ridership is down about 80%.
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« Reply #43 on: March 30, 2020, 01:20:00 PM »

A small update for Sun Mar 29 2020:

- 6 firefighters in Toronto have tested positive for the virus
- there are 6280 cases in Canada, with 66 total deaths
- Quebec has 2800+, Ontario has 1368, BC has 884

- a top-disease specialist in the US government is warning that millions of American face infection and 200,000 could die; currently the US has more than 136,000 positive cases, and more than 2400 deaths. There are an increasing number of positive cases in rural areas of the US.
- the virus could leave 20% of the US unemployed
- hundreds on the front lines are getting infected, over 500 police officers in New York city alone, including one police detective who has died. 200 firefighters have tested positive as well.

- Italy reporting 750+ deaths today, with total deaths now over 10,700; Italy accounts for 1/3 of all deaths from the virus worldwide.

- Spain had 880 new deaths overnight, for a total death toll now above 6600

- due to the restrictions in travel and businesses shutting down, pollution levels have dropped about 25% around the world in different regions e.g. New York, China, Venice...
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« Reply #44 on: March 31, 2020, 10:09:32 AM »

Note that these posts tend to have more Toronto-based news in them since I'm obviously watching the local news here in... Toronto :)   Feel free to contribute any news items from your province to keep us all informed about what's happening elsewhere in this country.

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For Mon Mar 30 2020:

- number of worldwide deaths is above 37,000 and more than 784,000 positive cases
- there are 7448 cases in Canada (that's about 3% of the 220,000 people that have been tested so far), with 89 total deaths
- PM Trudeau says that the military is ready to assist with the pandemic response if any province requests it

- Ontario reported 351 new cases of novel coronavirus on Monday, marking the biggest single-day increase in cases since the pandemic began. The province is now telling anyone who is over the age of 70 to self-isolate.
- 9 residents at an Ontario nursing home have died (plus the wife of 1 resident has also died, she visited the nursing home daily) and half the staff (24 people) are sick with the corona virus. More deaths are expected. It is the largest outbreak in Ontario so far, and at 33 total deaths it is the largest anywhere in the country.

- from CBC: Suspected, confirmed COVID-19 patients filling roughly 1 in 4 Ontario ICU beds. The COVID19 cases in Ontario ICUs far higher than official figures - there are 434 patients suspected cases in province's ICUs, not just the 92 confirmed so far. "If we continue with a 20 or 30 or 40 per cent day-on-day increase in the number of people in the ICU, we'll be out of beds with ventilators in the province in less than two weeks."

- Toronto has 591 cases, 67 are hospitalized and 30 in the ICU. 30 people have recovered. A fourth TTC transit worker has tested positive for the virus (thankfully this is a technician, not a driver)

- Air Canada will be parking as many as 93% of its planes until May and laying off 15,000 of its employees
- the only good news, the cost of living for Torontonians has dropped (if they are practicing self-isolation). The average monthly costs for a single person is typically:
Housing: $2419
Phone:   $75
Groceries: $214
TOTAL: $2708 is spent to stay afloat every month

Savings come from not doing spending money on:
Transit:  $151
Gym membership: $56
Dining/Entertainment: $236
TOTAL:  $443 saved per month

- over 600 new cases were confirmed in Quebec, bringing the total there to more than 3400 positive cases; for the first time in Canada, an entire community of ultra-orthodox jews has been put into quarantine. About 3500 people have been ordered not to go anywhere after 15 of them tested positive for the coronavirus. Some of the people who live in that community had all recently travelled to the US and may have become infected there.

- one reason why Quebec has been so hard hit is that there is a lot of travel to New York from there, but also Quebec holds its spring break during the FIRST week of March (unlike other provinces which have their March break in the last 2 weeks), this was before the virus outbreak was being taken seriously and then on the second week those who returned from their vacations went back to school, possibly passing the infection onto their classmates and teachers. Things didn't start to shut down until March 13th, which meant there were 4 days prior to that date when there was no lockdown nor any social distancing being done.
- the premier ordered all grocery stores to close on Sundays, in order to give overworked employees some rest

- the US is now at 150,000 positive cases and 2900 total deaths. One doctor reports that there are now starting to see more younger patients coming into the hospital, sick from the virus.

- there are over 36,000 cases in just New York alone; a field hospital is being built in New York's Central Park. There have been 253 new deaths in the city in the last 24 hours. Over 1200 deaths in total have been confirmed there.
- a navy hospital ship has docked at New York's harbour; it has 1000 beds onboard and will be used as overflow for people who are not infected with COVID-19 but still need hospital care. It has 12 operating rooms. Fears still abound that the city will run out of medical supplies by the weekend.
- worse, states find themselves bidding against each other and against private hospitals AND against the federal government on medical supplies from a single supplier, pushing the prices up at the worst possible time.
- for 6 hours today, someone died every 2.9 minutes in New York city



- one reason why Toronto isn't experiencing as high an infection rate as New York (which it is often compared to), is because it's easier to maintain social distance in Toronto; New York has 10,194 people per sq kilometer, while Toronto has just 4334 people per sq kilometer. Vancouver has 5492 people per sq kilometer, which is still about half that of New York. The more denser the city is, the more interactions you have between people as they go to grocery stores or commute to work. But look at Seoul, South Korea which is twice as dense as New York, yet has had far greater success curtailing the infection because they tested early and often (and so did Canada).

- a Florida pastor was arrested for telling his hundreds of followers to "pack the pews" of his mega-church, the police chief slammed the pastor for his callous disregard for the health of his congregation.

- CTV National News gives this comparison of South Korea and the USA:
1) the virus crossed into both countries at around the same time (Jan 20th for S.Korea, Jan 21st for USA)
2) as of today, South Korea has 9786 positive cases and 158 deaths
3) as of today, USA has 163,429 positive cases and 3008 deaths

The reason for the huge difference may be due to testing:
1) South Korea has run 4000 tests per 1 million people to identify and confirm who has the virus
2) the US has run just FIVE tests per 1 million people (NOTE: Global National's segment said 23 tests per 1 million)

- in Germany, the virus outbreak has taken a personal toll on the state's finance minister, the 54-year old man committed suicide, apparently overwhelmed by the economic fallout of the pandemic

- Italy now at 11,000 deaths
- Spain has 85,000 positive cases and reported 812 new deaths today (with 7300 deaths overall)
- Austria is making it mandatory for anyone shopping at a supermarket to wear a face mask
- London's trains were again JAMMED with passengers, a serious flaw in the country's otherwise total lockdown and social distancing guidelines

- price of oil dips below $20/barrel for first time in 18 years; it's more expensive to buy a pint of beer or coffee than a barrel of oil

- the postponed Toyko summer Olympics to now start on July 23 2021; this will be a huge financial blow to Japan which invested $13 billion into setting up for the games.

- after panic buying of toilet paper, the next big thing being hoarded are puzzles! People are snapping them up online, likely solving puzzles as a way to pass time while stuck indoors.
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