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Infection control specialist says WHO is dragging its feet on calling COVID-19 a pandemic

Feb 27, 2020
all of us who are looking at this very carefully know that we're not surprised that WH Gio didn't declare it not because we don't think it's a

pandemic

because actually I think most of us think it is but rather the w-h-o was a very, very political organization and is very scared of that kind of terminology. The advantage of

calling

it a

pandemic

is that we kind of stop playing this game of caring about country A and country B and start caring about the world because every day who we should be testing is really a moving target and the list keeps growing. day by day

calling

this a pandemic would make it a little easier for us to understand the fact that this is a global problem is the key thing I just want everyone to understand what we're dealing with when you say it's a pandemic the last time one was declared was in 2009 if I'm not mistaken h1n1 yes so what exactly is a pandemic a pandemic is basically the spread of a new path ogen that is involving the world and h1n1 was definitely a pandemic but people often associate that it has to be a disease too deadly to be a pandemic too and that's not really part of the definition, the definition is just a new disease that's spreading. the world and it's not being

control

led which took some heat for h1n1 because it wasn't that deadly so the world freaked out and in the end it wasn't really as deadly as the regular seasonal flu this virus is a story very different from h1n1 but you know i assume they're a bit worried because they don't want to get out too fast but what they're doing is they're actually shuffling shuffling in this case it's not that interesting and in the meantime the cases are increasing , the number of deaths is rising, and there is no concerted global response, so I have questions because the whole spectrum of declaring a pandemic has countries in the United States. ter and the Health medical officer talking yesterday about Canada needs to have maybe a new mentality prepared mentally and prepared in a different way if it's a pandemic what will it change what will it really change what we have to change is try? change from trying to prevent this virus from getting a foothold called here to acknowledge recognizing that as more and more countries have cases it will be almost impossible for us to prevent this virus from taking hold here and starting to spread in the community and really you know that messaging needs to change everything is under

control

we also need to be prepared for the fact that we could have local transmission in Canada and all that it implies in terms of sick people people who can't come to work increased demand on hospitals Health Public makes me take action like stopping large gatherings closing schools things we've been seeing in many other countries so far so far we've been on a bystander but at this point one has to assume we're very likely going into those scenarios here too, so we need to make that shift mentally to think about keeping the kids out of school to maybe stay and try going home instead of going to the office these may be things we need to consider we had a question from brian one of our viewers will be wondering on this very point if given what seems to be imminent he should start stocking non perishables goods and supplies in case you have to be home for two weeks is reasonable advice at this point, well you know certainly people who have been stuck in home isolation that's something that comes up immediately, how do i get to the grocery store and so I think you know some think along those lines of just not relying on just daily replenishment of everything which may not be a bad idea we haven't gotten to Canada yet but I think again getting our in that headspace there over the next few weeks is probably a useful thing for people to do because it's so different from what we normally ask a couple of questions just about preventing and protecting from transmission Deborah Shea wonders if the flu shot will help protect her from coronavirus, yes, they are very different viruses, so the flu vaccine does not protect against coronavirus at all.
infection control specialist says who is dragging its feet on calling covid 19 a pandemic
The advantage of getting a flu shot is that this year's game was pretty good against the flu, so it greatly prevents people from getting the flu. which is part of the background noise in all of this, that when people get sick with a cough and a fever and feel fine if you got a flu shot, it makes it less likely that that's really the flu and in the next few weeks they can do that you are more likely to be checked for corona virus Eminem writing if a patient recovers from Co vid 19 how long is he immune or would I add if he is immune or c someone get infected again yeah we don't know actually we don't know the answer, but I mean right now this virus seems to be very, very stable, so there's no reason to assume that we wouldn't develop at least partial immunity to this, but all of that information is going to have to be pretty far away for us to do any studies. illogical ladder and that kind of thing checking people's blood to see if they have antibodies against the virus, all of that will come in the next few months. but right now that's a reasonable assumption that you'd think that people once they've had this, they're less likely to have it again.
infection control specialist says who is dragging its feet on calling covid 19 a pandemic

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A couple of questions about travel and quarantine are obviously on people's minds, so this is from Jackie, who is an employer. Should employers ask anyone who has recently traveled to an outbreak area to self-isolate for 14 days? It's a sensible decision and we had a similar question from someone whose nanny recently traveled to Taiwan and has been home f or 14 days, but is it safe for her to go back to work and work with children? What's up with that? it was pretty easy for people to say it's ok if you've been in Wuhan you know you shouldn't come to work for 14 days etc all of that is starting to go away because now there are so many countries reporting cases and remember that when a country like Brazil reports a case, there's a reasonable chance they have more cases that just haven't found them right, so the idea of ​​people staying at home starts to become more and more impossible when you're talking about travel. to various parts of the world now so you have to balance it if you quarantine everyone that has traveled you could end up not having any employees in fact these are going to be tough decisions as you bring this up these are the things that are going to come to the front yes these are the things that come up in hospitals every hour now people ask that question a couple of other travel related questions one from a mother Amanda

says

she will be traveling to Panama with a toddler and a six year old months, so how can you protect your babies?
infection control specialist says who is dragging its feet on calling covid 19 a pandemic
What would you suggest? there or is there any action to be taken yeah what's really interesting is this virus all the reports we've heard so far is that while kids can certainly get infected with this virus it doesn't seem like they get too sick. this virus compared to older adults and so it may be that this is more the case so these kids are getting infected but not as sick but then passing it on to their parents who may be sick, you know there's no easy way to protect young children just because they don't, they don't really comply with the whole handwashing thing and that kind of thing, so it's hard to travel with kids on the brink of a pandemic , no doubt I want to finish with just a couple of questions, this is based on the question from one of our viewers that the virus can not grow when it is hot outside, so in summer there will be no coronavirus, I think it is a reference to something we've heard from the president of the usa saying come summer we'll be fine and yesterday we heard comments again from donald trump saying you know america we're getting through this easily and also saying there's a vaccine imm inent, so there's essentially nothing to see here in the meantime, your own government officials warn that it's not a question of if and when and again suggest the same precautions you're taking.
infection control specialist says who is dragging its feet on calling covid 19 a pandemic
I wonder how concerned you know that people listen to Donald Trump and accept what he

says

is the president of the US and I find it concerning when he says things that are indirectly opposed to what his own health officials are saying, yes there is nothing to support anything you just said it's actually not so true firstly the point that coronaviruses won't spread in the summer when it's hot and humid it's 30 degrees celsius in Right now in Singapore it's humid and it's doing really well thank you very much so there's no reason to suspect that in the summer this is going to go away when a new virus comes along that people don't have it you know just like h1n1 in 2009 our h1n1 outbreak was over the summer so i think all of that is rubbish and i think the idea of ​​us being protected by this is downright laughable they already have way more cases than canada and are one of the top destinations traveling around the world to have. communities will spread, there's no question about that, so your comments are remarkably unhelpful, you obviously have political reasons for wanting to downplay this, but you're definitely going to change and fight them.

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