2nd time around

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Florida’s COVID-19 cases are surging, and that could ruin the NBA’s Disney World bubble plan (June 23, 2020)

Global report: South Korea has Covid-19 second wave as Israel ponders new lockdown (June 22, 2020)

Bolsonaro silent as Brazil passes 50,000 deaths; global cases reach 9 million – as it happened (June 22, 2020)


For NS, it all looks good:

So McNeil bursts the bubble
‘Bursting the bubble’: Nova Scotians can gather in groups of 10 without physical distancing (Jun 18, 2020)

So NS opens up, and when will we close again? Apparently, the lifting of (some) restrictions is based on ‘no new cases’ but that’s not the same as ‘there are no spreaders’. Some stores are very scrupulous in regard to distancing, masks, sanitizers, others not at all. There is still no requirement for vendors to wear masks in closed spaces. It is not a time for the most susceptible to relax their precautions.

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Oh Oh: “Japanese island suffering second wave of coronavirus after lifting lockdown too early”

View Japanese island suffering second wave of coronavirus after lifting lockdown too early
by Julian Ryall in The Telegraph Apr 29, 2020.

A northern region of Japan is experiencing a second wave of coronavirus infections – and deaths – that experts say could have been avoided if the state of emergency had not been lifted too early.

The island of Hokkaido had been held up as a model of how to control the spread of the virus, but it has now become a case study for the impact the disease can have if a lockdown is relaxed too soon.

For the record, Nova Scotia just lifted its ban on visiting Parks a couple of days ago, but distancing regs remain in place. Places in the USA are not so happy with the bans… I just hope neither us or they don’t have to learn the hard way. The Japanese experience can help.

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Compare todays numbers for Canada by Province with other countries (May 2, 2020)

Total COVID-19 cases in Canada: 55,061 diagnoses and 3,391 deaths (as of May 1, 6:30 p.m. ET), 37,894,799 million people = 89.5 deaths/million
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USA: 190 confirmed infections/1000 tests
Canada: 58
NS: 30
Que: 99
NWT: 3
More at INFOGRAPHICS: How Atlantic Canada is doing with COVID-19 compared to other jurisdictions
Saltwire Apr 13, 2020.

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Nothing about this virus is simple

See: South Korea reports recovered coronavirus patients testing positive again
By Josh Smith and Sangmi Cha,Reuters Apr 10, 2020 on Yahoo News

South Korean officials on Friday reported 91 patients thought cleared of the new coronavirus had tested positive again…Nearly 7,000 South Koreans have been reported as recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

“The number will only increase, 91 is just the beginning now,” said Kim Woo-joo, professor of infectious diseases at Korea University Guro Hospital.

The KCDC’s Jeong raised the possibility that rather than patients being re-infected, the virus may have been “reactivated”…
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On blame..

I received an e-mail today, copied to a number of people, directing them to a YouTube Video.

SPECIAL REPORT: China’s deadly coronavirus cover-up

I replied:


There are a lot of really ugly comments about the video, some more thoughtful.

Anyway, here is the comment I posted:

It’s a global pandemic and fundamentally, the causes are global in nature, e.g., the west’s appetite for cheap goods fuelled the globalism that allowed it to spread so rapidly; long before that, Europeans’ appetite for resources spread deadly diseases to the native peoples of the Americas essentially wiping them and their cultures out. We need to acknowledge the details of how this particular pandemic spread to stop another one in the short term, and indeed the authoritarian government of China must shoulder much of the responsibility. But we also need to acknowledge the global conditions that allowed it to spread and to rethink how we live with each other and on the planet Earth.

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A scientist’s notes on cv-19

From a painting by Vasile Ivanov

This website is a place where I will post what I assess to be reliable & useful or interesting info related to Covid-19.

Initially, and perhaps always, it is simply a place for me to collate such info for use by myself & as appropriate, family and friends. To the extent it is discovered and is useful to others, all well and good.

As I write, it is just two days since I and my spouse returned from away and we do have some symptoms. They are mild right now, and we may not have cv-19. Of course we are in total self(couple)-isolation.

– David P. Mar 26, 2020

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