Sunday, November 22, 2020

Fauci says Canada 'getting into trouble' as COVID-19 cases surge worldwide

CBC News has the story. Despite two seemingly effective COVID-19 vaccine candidates, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the USA National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, tells CBC News it's not yet time to celebrate.

Canada is certainly having some kind of a second wave of the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. 

Beware of the transmission of Coronavirus COVID-19. COVID-19 spreads from an infected person to others through respiratory droplets and aerosols created when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, shouts, or talks. The droplets vary in size from large droplets that fall to the ground rapidly (within seconds or minutes) near the infected person, to smaller droplets, sometimes called aerosols, which linger in the air under some circumstances.

Much is not yet known about this virus. The relative infectiousness of droplets of different sizes is not clear. Infectious droplets or aerosols may come into direct contact with the mucous membranes of another person's nose, mouth or eyes, or they may be inhaled into their nose, mouth, airways and lungs. The virus may also spread when a person touches another person (i.e., a handshake) or a surface or an object (also referred to as a fomite) that has the virus on it, and then touches their mouth, nose or eyes with unwashed hands.

It is important to follow public health measures. The spread of the virus should be reduced. People should continue to think ahead about the actions that they can take to stay healthy and prevent the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19. Measures to reduce COVID-19 in your community are especially important as some areas begin to lift restrictions.

Here are some ways to help reduce the spread of the virus:

Avoid closed spaces, crowded places, close contact settings and close-range conversation or settings where there's:
  • singing
  • shouting
  • heavy breathing (for example, during exercise)
Wear a non-medical mask or face covering when you’re in:
  • public and you might come into close contact with others
  • shared indoor spaces with people from outside your immediate household
Stay home and away from others if you feel sick.
Keep the number of people you have prolonged contact with as small as possible.
Stick to a small and consistent social circle and avoid gathering in large groups.
Talk to your employer about working at home if possible.
Limit contact with those at risk of more severe illness, such as:
  • older adults
  • those with underlying medical conditions
  • those with compromised immune systems
Go outside to exercise.
Maintain a physical distance of 2 metres from people outside of your household.
  • Household contacts (people you live with) don't need to distance from each other unless they're sick or have travelled in the last 14 days.
The World Health Organization called the COVID-19 outbreak a Pandemic on March 11, 2020.


  1. Why is it important to prevent the spread? You think you can stop a virus like this? That's like saying we can make the common cold vanish (which is also a coronavirus).

    Best to just let it spread among the younger and healthy people, which will prevent it spreading further as it will simply run out of people that are not immune.

    Acting like this is some deadly plague is ridiculous; it has a survival rate higher than 99%. Let it run it's course, then it will be just another mild flu in the background.

    1. The Coronavirus Covid-19 virus could remain on a surface and someone else could touch it and then touch their mouth, nose or eyes. That's why it's so important to try to avoid touching public surfaces or at least try to wipe them with a disinfectant. You could reduce the spread of the virus.

      "Acting like this is some deadly plague is ridiculous" - not really. For some people (like old age people) chances of dying could be 5% or 10%.

      "let it spread among the younger and healthy people" - you could, but we don't want the older people and vulnerable people to get infected from younger/healthy people.

      The experts decided that letting 100% of the population get infected is too dangerous. It would create too many deaths. So, in theory, the virus spread can be "stopped" as some point. In the worst case, 100% of population will be infected.