Coronavirus

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by HerrDeacon, Mar 10, 2020.

  1. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    Some things I've noticed lately here in the Okanagan:
    All the ski hills closed last week.
    Golf courses delaying their openings.
    Most non essential services closed.
    Fair number of bikes out... most folks ride locally in the valleys from April to Nov. inclusive anyway.
    Gas is below $1.00 a litre so I've seen pickup truck pans stogged tight with five gallon gas cans.
    Lot of 'snowbirds' are back earlier than usual.
    According to CBC radio this AM there's a run on guns and ammo for fear of a "...possible shortfall next hunting season."
    And Albertans have been asking gun shops "How much buckshot can you get me?"
    No campgrounds open that I've seen but all the municipal and regional day parks are closed.
     
  2. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    With the drop in gas prices, many are stockpiling. BUT, there was an article on our local news that said the maximum that we are allowed to store in a dwelling is 10 litres and 30 litres in an attached garage, LINKY
    I bet insurance companies pay close attention to this.
    George Murphy of the Consumer Group for Fair Gas Prices says "...prices will be down for quite a long time."
     
  3. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    32 more cases. Damned near to a daily double.
     
  4. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    There's still a few days left before the moose license application deadline. Anyone here thinking of not entering the draw this year?
     
  5. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Eight new cases in New Brunswick. Seven were travel-related and one was a close contact of a travel-related case. Two had been on a cruise.
    If they found eight then there are probably eighty more! WTF - why can't people have half a brain?
    Most of the huge spike in Quebec and in Ontario was from people returning from the US - snowbirds and vacationers. Why did they wait that long to come back? Why would someone even think about going on a cruise with what's going on?
    I have some friends who have a place in Florida. They only came back a couple days ago despite everyone urging them to leave a week earlier. At least they are smart enough to know that they have to remain in quarantine for two weeks. Their kids picked up groceries and supplies and left them in the house before they got home.
    Many have been stopping to shop at the grocery store/Walmart/Costco on their way home to "self-isolate". Morons!
     
  6. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    Damn, I would have liked to get back in the lottery for a moose license but I'm not going to town to do it.
     
  7. Savage

    Savage Member

    Now working from 'ome since yesterday … which is a bit odd after 39 1/2 yrs of getting up and going to the office? Office laid off 3 people the same day. Daughter in AB cancelled her May wedding (so now I gotta try and get a refund for 3 airline tickets from Expedia) and GF last nite attended her Mom's funeral in the PH, virtually (on line), from here. Sad, as most of her relatives back home couldn't even attend due to PH being on community lockdown, NO domestic travel between towns ...

    Stay safe, stay well everyone :)
     
  8. Trash

    Trash Well-Known Member

    I don’t know how many testing kits are being made available in Canada, but here in The States, kits are still in extremely limited supply everywhere but in the epicenter of NY. In most States hospitals have been ordered to only administer the test to those they are most certain already have the Virus. Louisiana has had a huge spike in cases that is now being attributed to Mardi Gras, that happened a month ago. It’s hard to get a handle on the actual scope of this without sufficient testing. The President’s stated desire to start relaxing restrictions by Easter is in direct conflict with what his medical experts are telling him. I think he’s worried about his stock portfolio more than anything...
     
  9. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    And his prospects for re-election. I expect real numbers are close to 10x the confirmed cases in the US. Somewhat more accurate in Canada but still below the real number of infection.

    There is a lack of testing due to kits, personnel and protective equipment.
    Policy to test ONLY those that are very likely to have it and knowing for sure would make a difference in treatment and survival. Not even testing "probables" if symptoms are relatively mild.
    No accounting for those infected but not symptomatic (or at least not yet).
    The usual instances of people who have it, likely know that they do and (hopefully) undergo self-imposed quarantine.
     
  10. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Active Member

    Trump must be happy this morning, the US had a big jump yesterday and has overtaken China for first place on the COVID-19 list. I believe he thinks a higher number is better o_O
     
  11. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

  12. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    The USA currently has an overall infection rate of 259 cases per million population. Canada is at 120 cases per million.
    The USA rate is, however, not uniform (nor is Canada's). NY state is at almost 2,000 cases per million population and not showing any signs of slowing down! New York state with 19.5 million population has almost ten times the total number of cases as all of Canada.

    New Brunswick is currently at 33 cases and all of the recent ones have been travel related (or directly connected). I don't expect that will last but we can hope!
     
  13. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    I think the person to blame, returned to the province before there was any self isolation guidelines.
     
  14. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    As of yesterday, we have 82 cases....all with mild symptoms and none hospitalized yet. I think all of our cases are due to people returning from travel.....and the biggest case of this is that Funeral Home Incident. I believe the case in Labrador has only spread to two other people.
    I suspect we have weeks of rising numbers ahead of us yet before it starts to slow down.
     
  15. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    At least at this point, there is at least a possibility of containment in Atlantic Canada.
    Ours are essentially all related to travel as well and the ones we know about are isolated. Unfortunately, the ones you don't know about are the ones that will get you.
    Testing rates are still too low and we don't REALLY know exactly where we stand. I am just hopeful that the measures we put in place are sufficient and early enough.
     
  16. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    Yes, the woman came home on the 7th and was wandering around then spent 3 days at the funeral home and the funeral. Apparently she's a federal employee, I guess she wasn't watching the news or talking to coworkers? 102 as of the daily live broadcast today.

    On another interesting note I'm getting word I may be going back to work on the 5th.
     
  17. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Active Member

    Well, Marine Atlantic is now dropping the passenger load from 250 to 100. No more restaurants but they are providing a "box lunch". Gotta check that out lol. Sigh. I bet the bar is not going to be open either.
     
  18. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    take a ride and let us know
     
  19. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Active Member

    I've still got drifts between the road and the shed where the bike is. No riding for a bit. Yes, the bar was already closed a few days ago it looks like. There are roads I have not been down in Newfoundland. If and when some restrictions have been lifted, I think I will be checking them out.
     
  20. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    Yeah still too much snow to think about getting bikes out of the basement plus there's work to do on all of them still. If I go to work next week that will all be pushed off a month again.
     

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