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Crof
North Vancouver, BC Canada
Retired college teacher, SF & fantasy novelist, nonfiction books too, accidental journalist since the 1970s.
Interests: History, writing, politics, public health, teaching & learning, environment, online communication.
Recent Activity
Via medRxiv, a report that, if accurate, raises a whole lot of questions: SARS-CoV-2 in human sewage in Santa Catalina, Brazil, November 2019. The abstract: We analysed human sewage located in Florianopolis (Santa Catalina, Brazil) from late October until the... Continue reading
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Via the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) dashboard, another dubious milestone passed: It would not be surprising to see the US reach 3 million cases by Tuesday or Wednesday. Continue reading
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Via email, a news release from the HEU: Care aides at the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver have voted to join the Hospital Employees’ Union in a mail-in ballot overseen by B.C.’s Employment Standards Branch, and counted today.... Continue reading
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Via The Conversation, Dr. Ian Mackay offers useful perspective: Alert but not alarmed: what to make of new H1N1 swine flu with 'pandemic potential' found in China. Excerpt: Researchers have found a new strain of flu virus with “pandemic potential”... Continue reading
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Via The Tyee, my colleague Emi Sasagawa writes: In Guatemala, the Virus Shows Its Power to Kill Trust. Excerpt: It’s the start of month six of the world living with the threat of coronavirus. While restrictions are easing in Canada,... Continue reading
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Via dailyhive.com: All community outbreaks of coronavirus in BC now declared over. This is quite a contrast with our neighbours in Washington state, which currently reports 34,151 cases and 1,342 deaths. With a COVID-19 community outbreak in Abbotsford now declared... Continue reading
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CMRE has published Ebola : Situation épidémiologique du 02 Juillet 2020. Excerpt from the Google translation: EPIDEMIOLOGICAL SITUATION IN THE PROVINCE OF ECUADOR ON JULY 01, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 • Since the start of the epidemic declared on... Continue reading
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Via The Lancet Global Health: Ethnic and regional variations in hospital mortality from COVID-19 in Brazil: a cross-sectional observational study. The summary: Background Brazil ranks second worldwide in total number of COVID-19 cases and deaths. Understanding the possible socioeconomic and... Continue reading
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Via The Lancet: Early lessons from a second COVID-19 lockdown in Leicester, UK. As the number of new cases of COVID-19 continues to decline in the UK, national lockdown measures are being cautiously relaxed. However, Leicester has become the first... Continue reading
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Via The Lancet: Financial crisis at PAHO in the time of COVID-19: a call for action. The authors are senior staffers with PAHO. On May 21, 2020, at a special session of the Executive Committee of the Pan American Health... Continue reading
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Via Globalnews.ca: Nunavut reports presumptive coronavirus case, would be territory’s first if confirmed - National | Globalnews.ca. The novel coronavirus pandemic may have finally reached Nunavut, as the territory announced its first presumptive case Thursday. Chief public health officer Dr.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via Web24 News, an Infobae report: Mongolia ordered quarantine and closure of part of the border with Russia after reported deaths from bubonic plague. A lightly edited excerpt and then a comment: Mongolia ordered entry into quarantine from the city... Continue reading
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From the California Department of Public Health:State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts. Excerpt: SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Public Health today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19. California's positivity rate – a key indicator of community spread –... Continue reading
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A screenshot from Rebekah Jones's Florida's Community Coronavirus Dashboard: Continue reading
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A rapid communication in this week's Eurosurveillance: Excess all-cause mortality during the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe – preliminary pooled estimates from the EuroMOMO network, March to April 2020. Excerpt from the discussion section: When facing a new viral pandemic such... Continue reading
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Via The New York Times: Coronavirus Survivors: Here's What Recovery May Look Like. Excerpt: Hundreds of thousands of seriously ill coronavirus patients who survive and leave the hospital are facing a new and difficult challenge: recovery. Many are struggling to... Continue reading
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Via the Miami Herald: FL breaks another single day record with 10,000 coronavirus cases. Excerpt: Florida’s Department of Health on Thursday confirmed 10,109 additional cases of COVID-19, breaking another single-day record and pushing the state’s total confirmed cases to hit... Continue reading
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Via The Atlantic: Americans Don't Get How Badly They're Handling COVID-19. Excerpt and then a comment: I returned to Paris with my family three months after President Emmanuel Macron had ordered one of the world’s most aggressive national quarantines, and... Continue reading
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Youyang Gu runs a very interesting site: COVID-19 Projections Using Machine Learning. Here's the latest, with a screenshot: Recent Updates July 1: We updated our infections estimate to closer match the observed data. We now estimate there to be around... Continue reading
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Via The Washington Post: Amid coronavirus pandemic, excess deaths from heart disease, diabetes, stroke. Excerpt: The coronavirus killed tens of thousands in the United States during the pandemic’s first months, but it also left a lesser-known toll: thousands more deaths... Continue reading
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Via NPR's Goats and Soda blog: Social Divisions Drive Astronomical COVID-19 Rate In Chile. Chile's COVID-19 case count is here. Excerpt: Chile looked as if it were well prepared to deal with the new coronavirus. It's a rich country —... Continue reading
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Today's CDC update, posted here earlier, still says the count is 43,644. But The Washington Post says it's higher: Coronavirus update: Daily reported coronavirus infections in the U.S. top 50,000 for the first time. New reported coronavirus infections in the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at H5N1
Via JAMA Internal Medicine: Estimation of Excess Deaths Associated With the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States, March to May 2020. Key Points Question Did more all-cause deaths occur during the first months of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic... Continue reading
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An enlightening screenshot from COVID-19 Status Report | Georgia Department of Public Health: Not many young party animals are sick enough to hospitalize, but I wouldn't want to be within 2 km of one of them, never mind 2 m. Continue reading
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Posted 3 days ago at H5N1