Skip to main content

“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” ~~ John G. Diefenbaker

FORSETH -- It’s up to all of us to ensure that we don’t end up with a tsunami of people overwhelming our hospitals this fall and winter


Back to school starts in a matter of days ...
and a trend is appearing in the COVID-19 situation that, to me at least, should be a matter of concern.

Where we had previously gone days with little to no new cases -- of people being hospitalized -- that is no longer the case. Instead, over the past 3 weeks we have been seeing a trend in the opposite trend direction, which is becoming more and more obvious.

The August 17th joint statement announcement on the COVID-19 situation -- from Health Minister Adrian Dix and Deputy Health Officer Dr. Réka Gustafson -- indicated that 4 people were in hospital due to COVID-19 ... and of those people, 3 required intensive care.

Seven days later, on August 24th, the number of people hospitalized had a more than fourfold increase -- to 18 -- this time with 5 in ICU.

Four days ago, on August 31st, the number of people requiring hospitalization had increased to 28 ... of which 10 were in ICU.

That disturbing trend continued as yesterday (September 2nd) Dr Bonnie Henry and Adrian Dix announced that of a total 33 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 ... and that 14 were in ICU.

Today, September 3rd, another individual has been added to those requiring hospital care – and there are currently 11 in ICU. Regrettably, there was a new death bringing the provincial total deaths to two hundred and ten (210)

Those are still small numbers to be sure, however the trend is there for all to see.

The other trend which is worrisome is the average age of those who are sick. 

While initially those in the higher age demographics were being impacted, it has now dropped to those who are aged 20 to 29. And who knows what will happen once BC children head back to their classrooms next week – they are after all prone to being little germ factories.

I believe we are on the cusp of a second wave – and it’s up to all of us to ensure that we don’t end up with a tsunami of people overwhelming our hospitals this fall and winter.

Wash your hands – make planful trips away from home to get what you need – and quit your whining and complaining about wearing a mask!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

It seems the call for blood donors is being responded to, however ... “This effort is a marathon, not a sprint” says Canadian Blood Services

A week and a half ago I wrote the commentary ... “ While the national inventory is currently strong, an increase in blood donor cancellations is a warning sign of potential challenges to maintaining a health inventory of blood ” It was written as a result of talk about a potential blood shortage that would occur if people stopped donating due to the COVID-19 virus. It seems the call to Canadians was responded to, however, as I was told this afternoon ... “ T his effort is a marathon, not a sprint ”. As it now stands now, donors are able to attend clinics which are held in Vancouver (2), Victoria, Surrey, and in Kelowna, so I asked if there any plans to re-establish traveling clinics to others communities - for example in Kamloops, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Revelstoke or Cranbrook, and perhaps further north at perhaps Ft. St. John? According to Communications Lead Regional Public Affairs Specialist Marcelo Dominguez, Canadian Blood Services is still on

FEDLSTED -- Rules will have to relax-- the question is how and when

The media has created a fervour over the mathematical models that allegedly help governments predict the future of Coronavirus infections in the general population. Mathematical modelling has limited use and value. We need to understand is that the data available on Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in Canada is far too small for statistical reliability. The data available for the whole world is useless due to variables in how nations responded to Coronavirus infections. There is no commonality in steps taken to combat virus spread and no similarity in the age demographics of world nations, so the numbers you see on the daily tracking of world infections are not useful in developing a model of infection rates that can be relied on. Mathematical models of the future spread of Coronavirus are better than nothing, but not a whole lot better.  Mathematical models must include assumptions on virus spreads, and various factors involved. As they are used in projections, a small erro

WUN FEATHER -- can we just put those two names to bed for a while? You can call me an ‘Indian’ and I won't mind. And let's not call the farmers and ranchers ‘Settlers’ anymore

Hey there # TeamCanada !   I can't take it any more! Well, I guess I can, but I don't want to. I want to talk about the names we call each other. My very best friends, and all my Elderly Aunts and Uncles call me an Indian. I have walked into the most magnificent dining hall at the Air Liquide Head office, Quai D'orsay in Paris, France, surrounded by the worlds top producing Cryogenics team, and Patrick Jozon, the President of Air Liquide, has seen me enter the room, and yelled: " Bonjour! There is Warren! He is my Indian friend from Canada! He and I chased Beavers together in Northern BC!" And over 400 people turned to look at me and then they all smiled, and nodded. To most European people, an Indian is an absolute ICON!   The ultimate symbol of North America. They love us. And then, one time I had just gotten married and took vacation days off to take my new wife to meet my Grandmother; I was so proud. But as soon a

Labels

Show more