Covid in fall 2021

2021-09-28

in Canada, Politics, Psychology, Rants

It has been sad and frustrating to see so many Torontonians putting their personal enjoyment before public health and ahead of suppressing the viral reproduction rate of the pandemic.

A reckless and deluded few are ‘protesting’ by pushing into mall food courts without wearing masks or providing proof of vaccination. Far more are eating unmasked inside restaurants, traveling to and through crowded places for the sake of recreation, abusing staff and public servants who try to enforce the rules, and generally asserting the importance of their own preferences over the public welfare.

Many Torontonians have followed the recommended precautions and gone further. These splits within our society seem demonstrative of a culture that emphasizes individual consumer choice as the chief influence on behaviour and which accepts a huge degree of entitlement about what people are allowed to do regardless of the ongoing conditions or likely consequences. It’s scary to ask whether we have the culture or the sensibilities necessary to overcome the most threatening challenges to humanity as a whole.

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. September 28, 2021 at 12:43 pm

‘Relax, we are double vaxxed’: Hundreds of Dalhousie students attend street party | CBC News

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/street-party-halifax-covid-restrictions-police-dalhousie-1.6189860

. September 28, 2021 at 12:44 pm

‘Life and death’: Alberta Medical Association calls for ‘fire-breaker’ COVID-19 public health measures | Edmonton Journal

https://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/alberta-icus-not-able-to-maintain-proper-standard-of-care-amid-fourth-wave-of-covid-19-doctors/wcm/8cb9dd2c-43af-4d64-b7f5-2401140e626a/amp/

. October 1, 2021 at 2:12 am
. October 1, 2021 at 7:45 am

‘It’s really scary’: Alberta physicians face more aggressive, misinformed patients

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/doctors-abuse-covid-exemptions-calgary-vaccine-1.6195142

. October 5, 2021 at 12:23 am

Manitoba heading toward ‘severe’ COVID-19 pandemic scenario, top doctor says

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-covid-19-pandemic-trajectory-severe-1.6199384

. October 6, 2021 at 5:07 pm

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Household gatherings a ‘major source’ of infections, says Higgs | CBC News

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/covid-19-new-brunswick-thanksgiving-circuit-breaker-higgs-restigouche-1.6201410

. October 6, 2021 at 5:08 pm

Coronavirus: Without masks, 2-metre distancing not enough to prevent spread of COVID-19 indoors: study | CTV News

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/without-masks-2-metre-distancing-not-enough-to-prevent-spread-of-covid-19-indoors-study-1.5611798

. October 6, 2021 at 5:09 pm
. October 10, 2021 at 1:20 pm
. October 11, 2021 at 3:47 pm

Unvaccinated Quebec nurses’ licenses to be suspended Friday, says Order of Nurses | CTV News

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/mobile/unvaccinated-quebec-nurses-licenses-to-be-suspended-friday-says-order-of-nurses-1.5618909

. October 11, 2021 at 3:48 pm

Māori party warns reopening New Zealand amid Covid outbreak would be ‘modern genocide’ | New Zealand | The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/11/maori-party-warns-reopening-new-zealand-amid-covid-outbreak-would-be-modern-genocide

. October 13, 2021 at 6:55 pm

Data shows Saskatchewan a few intensive care patients away from triage protocol

https://regina.ctvnews.ca/data-shows-saskatchewan-a-few-intensive-care-patients-away-from-triage-protocol-1.5621617

. October 16, 2021 at 4:13 pm

8,000 people pack the University District in Kingston, Ont. to celebrate homecoming weekend at Queen’s University

https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/8-000-people-pack-the-university-district-in-kingston-ont-to-celebrate-homecoming-weekend-at-queen-s-university-1.5625959

. October 20, 2021 at 11:52 pm
. October 22, 2021 at 1:04 pm

Vaccine mandate coming to House of Commons, MPs rule

https://beta.ctvnews.ca/national/politics/2021/10/19/1_5629447.html

. October 22, 2021 at 11:44 pm

Ontario plans to lift all COVID-19 public health measures — masks included — by March

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-covid-exit-roadmap-reopen-capacity-limits-lifted-1.6220653

. October 23, 2021 at 12:21 am

As UK resists COVID measures, experts fear ‘devastating winter’

Daily cases have topped 50,000 and deaths are rising, but Boris Johnson’s government is refusing calls to re-enforce measures that scientists say would help contain the virus.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/22/pressure-mounts-on-uk-to-launch-plan-b-as-covid-surges

. October 23, 2021 at 2:47 am
. October 30, 2021 at 2:03 am
. November 4, 2021 at 10:38 pm

Covid: Germany enveloped in ‘massive’ pandemic of the unvaccinated | Germany | The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/03/germany-enveloped-in-massive-pandemic-of-the-unvaccinated

. November 9, 2021 at 3:05 pm

Rising COVID-19 case count ‘early sign’ Ontario is on wrong trajectory, science table chief says | CTV News

https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/mobile/rising-covid-19-case-count-early-sign-ontario-is-on-wrong-trajectory-science-table-chief-says-1.5657945

. November 10, 2021 at 3:37 pm

Ontario pauses next step of reopening plan as COVID-19 cases increase

https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-pauses-next-step-of-reopening-plan-as-covid-19-cases-increase-1.5660529

. November 15, 2021 at 12:58 pm

Covid cases are surging in Europe. America is in denial about what lies in store for it

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/nov/12/covid-cases-surging-europe-america-denial

. November 17, 2021 at 4:49 pm
. November 17, 2021 at 4:51 pm

Manitobans brace for new pandemic restrictions as COVID case counts rise across multiple regions

https://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.6246077

. November 26, 2021 at 2:59 pm

Omicron, a new Covid-19 variant with high number of mutations, sparks travel bans and worries scientists

https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/26/africa/new-covid-variant-discovered-south-africa-b11529-intl/

. December 1, 2021 at 11:39 pm

Omicron variant fuelling ‘exponential’ rise in Covid cases, say South Africa officials

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/02/omicron-variant-fuelling-exponential-rise-in-covid-cases-say-south-africa-officials

. December 3, 2021 at 1:49 pm

Ontario reports more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases for 1st time since late May

https://globalnews.ca/news/8422775/ontario-covid-cases-december-3-coronavirus/amp/

. December 8, 2021 at 9:51 am

Ontario extends pause on reopening plan indefinitely as COVID-19 situation worsens

https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/mobile/ontario-extends-pause-on-reopening-plan-indefinitely-as-covid-19-situation-worsens-1.5696994

. December 10, 2021 at 8:53 pm

COVID-19: Ontario reports 1,453 new cases; Ottawa-Carleton school board has surge of cases

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/covid-19-ontario-reports-1453-new-cases-ottawa-carleton-school-board-has-surge-of-cases

. December 10, 2021 at 9:15 pm

Tam urges Christmas caution as modelling shows potential for COVID-19 surge

Keep your holiday gatherings small is the messaging from Canada’s top doctor, as new federal modelling points to a resurgence in COVID-19 infections in the coming weeks that could be further accelerated should the new Omicron variant take over.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/tam-urges-christmas-caution-as-modelling-shows-potential-for-covid-19-surge-1.5702131

. December 10, 2021 at 9:16 pm

Ontario’s top doctor has announced individuals 18 and over will be eligible to book a booster shot as of Jan. 4 at 8:00 a.m.

https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-announces-anyone-18-and-over-can-book-a-booster-in-january-1.5702639

. December 11, 2021 at 12:38 am

COVID-19 infections are on the rise and omicron could quadruple daily case counts, federal modelling says

https://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.6281026

. December 13, 2021 at 2:24 am

University of Victoria cancels in-person exams after spike in COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island

On-campus social events also cancelled, libraries and labs to remain open

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/uvic-cancels-in-person-exams-1.6283381

. December 14, 2021 at 2:46 am

UVic COVID cluster grows to 124, including 4 Omicron cases; in-person exams cancelled

https://www.timescolonist.com/local-news/uvic-covid-cluster-grows-to-124-including-4-omicron-cases-in-person-exams-cancelled-4861215

. December 14, 2021 at 3:45 pm

Omicron wave driven by ‘young, healthy, vaccinated’ population

Data from Denmark shows that just over 70 per cent of omicron cases have been among those younger than 40

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/omicron-wave-driven-young-healthy-vaccinated-population/

. December 16, 2021 at 12:03 am

The bad news keeps coming. On Friday, Dec. 10, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, released the latest federal modelling of the pandemic. It projects around 7,500 cases a day by January, assuming our transmission levels remain the same. However, if transmission increases by as little as 15 per cent, or if the new Omicron variant gets established, like Alpha and then Delta, then a towering wave unlike anything previously seen could arrive by the New Year.

https://www.macleans.ca/news/with-the-omicron-variant-on-the-rise-should-you-attend-your-work-christmas-party/

. December 16, 2021 at 12:04 am

“Later that day, Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, announced that Omicron accounts for roughly 10 per cent of the province’s caseload. Three days later, Ontario’s Science Table estimated that Omicron’s share of new cases was 20 per cent, and that its case count was doubling every three days. By the next day (Dec. 13) that share had jumped to 30.8 per cent and its effective reproduction number (Rt) had climbed from 3.32 to 4.01 (meaning every infected person infects four others). In contrast, Delta’s Rt is 1.09. It is expected to become the dominant variant in the province this week and will replace Delta entirely by Christmas.”

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