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Covid Attention Please
Canadians have a clear and urgent choice to make this month as two highly transmissible variants of COVID-19 now sweep across the globe.
They can accept the approach provincial governments are taking across the country now. In which case Canadians will be hit continually by the wrecking ball of a mutating virus for the next eight to 12 months.
Read these two articles by Andrew Nikiforuk writing for TheTyee this month. Do your own research, make up your own mind, but whatever you do, please engage in this crisis. I have been rather blase about covid up to now. I still think that if you are healthy and support your immune system with a protocol of specific vitamins and minerals you will be fine. Find the latest version at evms.edu/covidcare, thats Dr Marik at East Virginia Medical School.
But there are some chilling statistics now out there for all to see.
1. The old COVID-19 doubled its numbers every 40 days under a particular set of restrictions; under the same conditions, the variants double every 10 days. That means they can outrun any vaccination campaign.*
That means if you haven’t eliminated — or almost eliminated — cases in your region, you are going to learn the meaning of grief.
2. To illustrate it, British mathematician Adam Kucharski recently compared a virus mutation that was 50 per cent more deadly with one that increased transmission by 50 per cent.
With a reproduction rate of about 1.1 and a death rate of 0.8 per cent, current strains of COVID-19 now deliver 129 deaths per 10,000 infections.
A virus that is 50 per cent more lethal will kill 193 people in a month. A variant that is more transmissible wins the game with 978 deaths in just one month.
3. Given that B117 overwhelmed a long-term care facility in Ontario just two weeks ago, (Barrie’s Roberta Place) it is already burning through the community. (This variant only needs about six weeks to become the dominant strain in a community.)
To date, B117 has been reported in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta, which means it is likely everywhere. The bomb has been planted; it will explode before you know it.
We need to demand to go to zero over the next four to six weeks. Going to zero is shorthand for a range of approaches that include sharper restrictions on travel, imposing strict lockdowns, marking green zones rendered free of the virus and protecting them, relentlessly testing and tracing — and in the process systematically driving transmission to zero.
So to repeat: we have a clear and urgent choice to make this month as two highly transmissible variants of COVID-19 now sweep across the globe.
We can accept the approach provincial governments are taking across the country now. In which case Canadians will be hit continually by the wrecking ball of a mutating virus for the next eight to 12 months.
Please make your government leaders aware and support them in going to zero. Please pass this on.