Take a brief look at the world and see why Canadians don’t want to go far from home.
It would have been simple to deny the SARS-CoV-2 virus any hosts. But that did not get done for political reasons perhaps but mostly because of lack of preparation and the recent trend toward authoritarian leadership. In Canada, the world is looking with alarm at how Canada’s federal conservative political party has assumed some of the Trump cultism as its doctrine. Some of these people have actually come out and endorsed Donald Trump, an amateurish imitator of fascism.
Three such epic failures in leadership, Jair Bolsonaro, Narendra Modi, and Donald Trump are responsible for roughly 1.8 billion people suffering much more than half the world’s SARS2 infections. Authoritarianism has been a disaster for the human race.
Lack of preparedness is still a big culprit but despotic leadership is slaughtering populations.
In the Philippines the approach has been militaristic, supported by fake polls and the longest lockdown in the world. The Philippines is in big trouble. But Yemen, a catastrophe brought to you be the Trump Administration where 15 million people appear to be at death’s door, might be far worse.
This article will share with Canadians how in successful countries, the SARS2 virus has been suppressed. Deny the virus all hosts and it will vanish. Wear a fit-tested N95 mask and deny the virus another host. We know this to be true and the best possible advice to all Canadians. Protect your own respiratory system. Deny the virus another host.
by Sharon Santiago
Photo Credit: YouTube Video Capture. See video below. If you get #COVID19 & die or suffer disabilities from SARSCoV2 it is on you. Ottawa did all it can. It is now up to #Canadians. Follow Canada guidelines & local rules & ignore Trump
The Duterte regime in the Philippines either shoots and kills curfew violators or has a corrupt police force jail them for indeterminate periods of time.
The SARS2 virus is out of control in the Philippines. Reported deaths do not match excess deaths by a long shot; disease in impoverished rural provinces is untreated and unreported; and testing is hampered by the fact that the officials running the health system allegedly stole so much money, it was not able to pay the Red Cross (which is also run by Philippines government officials), until 27 October. Funds to the Red Cross are the stypen it needs to buy supplies for testing, which had stopped but resumed on 27 October with payment of half its due.
According to the Centers for disease Control in the United States, “COVID-19 risk in the Philippines is high. CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential international travel to the Philippines. Some examples of essential travel may include traveling for humanitarian aid work, medical reasons, or family emergencies. Older adults, people of any age with certain underlying medical conditions, and others at increased risk for severe illness should consider postponing all travel, including essential travel, to the Philippines.”
“The Philippines ranks 114 out of 187 countries in the current Human Development Index (UNDP, 2013) with 41.5 per cent of the population living on less than 2 US$ a day (World Bank, 2009). Families highly depend on small-scale or subsistence farming and/or fishing, two sectors that are very vulnerable to natural hazards.” (citing Canadian Red Cross)
Recent Data for Canada: This graph demonstrates daily Active Cases and Deaths in Canada. It updates dynamically. The original data upon which calculations are based is from Health Canada and is generally considered to be reliable although deaths are understated as compared to the number of daily excess deaths in Canada. That is a normal phenomena in all countries. Not everyone makes it to the hospital and gets tested.
Canada again failed the pandemic test. Canada failed for SARS1 and now SARS2. The country was not prepared.
Canada’s readiness for a pandemic was so bad, despite SARS1 experience, that Ontario and Quebec lost nearly all of the most vulnerable and oldest seniors.
“Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health official, said last week that while the summer saw cases concentrated in the 20 to 39 age range, infection rates are now accelerating in older populations,” reports CTV news.
Do not rely on government to end this SARS2 pandemic. Only Canadians themselves can achieve denial of another SARS2 host.
If you catch COVID-19, and die, or suffer disabilities as a result of the illness, it is on you. Your government has done all it can do. The rest is up to you. Take this seriously. Follow the pandemic rules and follow the guidance.
Canadians with vulnerabilities over three years of age must be wearing N95 respirator masks if leaving home. The same applies to persons over 60 years of age, regardless of their health.
There is only bad news on the topic of viruses. They are not thinking beings. They are not technically alive but if you are willing to think outside the box a little, they with your cells can come alive. They are microbial parasitic pathogens and there are many types. The worst have yet to come to our cells.
Some coronavirus kill 35% to 50% of the people they infect; the worst viruses kill most of the people they infect. As climate change smashes the habitats of many species that have over the centuries suppressed their virus loads, like bats, pangolins, monkeys, camels, and more, they will shed their virus loads as their vulnerable breeds die off. That’s where SARS1 and SARS2 came from—other mammals. Humans are mammals too. The leep from species to species has begun. This COVID-19 disease comes from animals, not China. We have seen it in other countries long before it was seen in China. People working in the wildlife trade have unearthed a monster.
In mainland Asia, the effects of climate change and pollution are immense. I write about personal experience.
In some cities one cannot breathe without respiratory protection. In India, Mumbai and other cities are uninhabitable some days. In China, the government is fighting its own problems. In Thailand we know of wild animal hunters who have died from coronavirus infections they received in bat caves. The consumption of wild animals must cease. Humans must become vegetarian and even vegan. The amount of feed grains used to fatten cows and pigs could feed everyone instead of just feeding a few with artery blocking meat. These are behaviour patterns that can easily be adopted. One just has to start eating for health and not living to eat.
Watch: Donning and Doffing PPE for Family Members Caring for an ill person at home.
“If you are in any way a vulnerable Canadian 60 years of age or older, or if you are a person with any kind of chronic health care issue, like asthma, COPD, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, hypotensive or hypertensive heart disease, obesity, any kind of coronary disease or cardiovascular disease not mentioned, you must not leave home without wearing a properly fit tested, N95 mask,” is the advice of the World Health organization and many other groups.
Wear a Mask When you go Out
This is the recommendation of the World Health Organization and it has always been the advice of the Civil Society Partners for Solidarity Against COVID-19
- Stay home whenever possible.
- Maintain home hygiene be cleaning all regularly touched surfaces.
- Clean hands before touching your face and after touching anything.
- Wear an N-95 mask. If you cannot obtain respirator masks wear a mask of three unique layers of fabric.
“Myself and my colleagues visit many families and communities near many clinics in our travels,” explains Michele Francis who currently works in Venezuela. ” Our mission is the prevention of COVID-19. We teach people how to prevent illness and we help with maintaining general family health in Asia, Africa, South America and the Middle East of Asia.”
“In light of evolving evidence the public should be wearing N95 masks to protect their respiratory system in any areas where community transmission is present. Today that is any place where people in any number gather. That respirator mask is not a replacement for social distancing; hand control and hygiene; healthy diet and exercise; it is an adjunct. Even after vaccination, the mask must still be worn,” explains nurse Francis.
Do you want to take some ownership of your family’s safety?
Get your influenza vaccine and have all the children’s vaccines brought up to date
Always wear an N95 mask or at least a three-layer cloth mask of three different weaves.
A vaccine will be less effective than a mask in preventing the illness caused by SARS2. Much less effective.
It is anticipated that the effect of a vaccine will be relatively short lasting and only between 50% and 65%. N95 stands for NIOSH 95% effective; and N99 stands for NIOSH 99% effective at blocking small particles the size of pathogens.
N99 masks are tough to breathe through during any level of exertion.
Kn95 masks that are true standards-abiding masks approved by Chinese regulatory bodies are very good because they meet the same standards as the American N95 but they are easier to breath through. The problem with the KN95 is that half of those on the market are fake and do not meet the standards. Stores like Canadian Tire have expert buyers who know these problems and carefully place their orders. Buy KN95s only from a reputable seller with proper standards compliance testing.
Here’s the issue. The masks rely on an electrostatic process within the layers to trap microscopic particles. If they are just cheap imitations and don’t have that ability they are not as effective as three layers of unique weave cloth.
The theory of the three unique layered fabrics was discovered in China where a cottage industry sprang up in the early 2000s. Street venders were selling home made masks made by “grandma”.
A person walking in Beijing needs a mask. Grandma was making masks people liked. She would add a fourth thin layer on the outside with small textile artworks.
Somebody got the idea to test these masks. Grandma is no slouch. She had worked in factories and all over the big cities. She knew what worked. The criss-cross barriers of the three unique weave fabrics create opposing weave barriers and trap very fine particles. (Don’t dare touch these masks by anything but the strings, and wash them everyday.)
They were not testing as good as an N95, but close. Dr. Tedros in his video here is correct. They work. Grandma was making killer masks. Today that type is all over Asia, made in tin-roof homes everywhere and sold from tables on the sides of the road.
Masks take getting used to. In South Asia where I live, people wore masks in even the small cities for all my adult life, just going about their daily business.
Wear an N95 mask all the time and if you are abiding good hand control and hygiene and clean your hands before and after touching anything, you never have colds, flue, sore throats, etceteras.
“The Wuhan novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV / COVID-19) less of a worry compared to these ten items, the first two of which are very bad. This applies to people who mask up and continue proper hygiene.” suggests nurse practitioner Sara Qin who lives in a country that has very nearly defeated SARS2.
- Air pollution and climate change. (Wear a respirator mask in cities with pollution greater than 12µg/m³ of toxic particulate. That is most cities on many days.)
- Global influenza. (Wear an N95 mask when in tight crowds.)
- Non Communicable disease (like diabetes, cancer, heart disease). Please see a doctor and start treatment. Then adhere to your doctor’s instructions.
- Fragile & vulnerable settings. Avoid them.
- Antimicrobial resistance. Take all your medications when prescribed. Do not dispose of unused antibiotics. Return to your pharmacy for proper disposal.
- Ebola & other high-threat pathogens. D0 not travel to high risk areas and avoid persons from high risk areas.
- Weak primary health care. Learn home family safety and health planning in the context of your environment.
- Vaccine hesitancy. Vaccines work.
- Dengue. Treat areas that produce mosquitos. Do not allow standing water. Wear protection.
- HIV/AIDS. The importance of testing and treating has never been greater. HIV can be suppressed to undetectable levels and infectivity zeroed. The importance of monogamy has never been greater. It’s not a moral issue it is a life and death safety matter.
Wearing a mask and a face shield to go shopping helps protect your mask and enables greater reusability of the mask.
Wear a Respirator Mask to Mitigate the Impact of air pollution and prevent infection. Here our sisters explain how.
Here is how to don and doff your N95 respirator mask, especially when you have been in high risk areas. Most commonly used for Influenza prevention, these masks are effective according to the CDC in helping to prevent the spread of Flu, swine flu and avian flu transmission from person to person.
N95 masks are designed to fit over the nose and mouth of the wearer, and properly fitted can provide excellent protection for you and from you.
Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds in a good soap before and after touching your mask. This video assumes the use of a fresh mask. Never touch a reused mask anywhere but its strings. Using a hand sanitizer is an acceptable alternative to soap and water if done correctly.
Hand Sanitizer Procedure
1. Apply enough sanitizer to completely cover both hands.
2. Rub hands together, palm to palm.
3. Rub back of each hand with palm of other hand.
4. Spread sanitizer over and under fingernails
5. Spread sanitizer between fingers
6. Keep rubbing hands together until they are dry. Do not dry
with a towel
“An N95 mask can substantially reduce risk of receiving or transmitting a disease,” notes one vendor of N95 masks.
You don’t need the Most Expensive N95 Models
Wash your hands. Indicated for most people, here is the 1860-N95 which works for street-wear 1860S N95 Particulate Respirator Spec Sheet
Always Wear an N95 Mask in cities where pollution is above an index of “12µg/m³”.
The RINJ Foundation is urging people to wear a breathing mask in cities where pollution is above an index of “12µg/m³”. Which cities are those? “Most cities,” says Katie Alsop of the RINJ women’s civil society group.
Don’t trust a government that does not tell you to protect your respiratory system.
Why? Because there is a high probability that a person with a comorbid illness may even have others they didn’t know about and together they with COVID-19 could bring a terrible outcome, like respiratory failure, stroke and death.
The government mantra that the public takes an N95 mask away from a medical worker is a lie. After all these months there are no more excuses for not providing medical workers with Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). Protect your respiratory system. This virus must be stopped.
SARS2 will only be stopped when each person prevents themselves from being infected.
Learn how to use and reuse an N95 respirator many times in safety. We are doing it all the time in the worst imaginable places where patients come to get help or to eventually die because they waited too long. Some people we cannot help. Once they require high-flow oxygen or mechanical breathing assistance, the odds of survival are low. I am alive to tell you about that because I wear personal protective equipment suited to the environment I am in, all the time.
What medical workers want people to do is reduce their number of necessary visits to a hospital or clinic by staying healthy.
Wearing an N95 mask properly fitted is part of everyone’s future. The rapidly deteriorating air quality and the increasing number of airborne pathogens make mask wearing a part of the future. Learn to protect your respiratory system.