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18 Jun, 34 tweets, 21 min read
A few hours ago, the @OttawaCitizen posted an article entitled, "Face to Face with COVID deniers in the ICU."

Here is the reply I posted:

- It is OK to believe that some people will get really sick...and some with die from COVID-19.

- It is OK to realize that the vast majority of those patients are elderly, have at least 3 comorbidities (affecting heart, lungs, immune system), AND live in a cohorted care setting - such as LTC.

- It is OK to realize that smoking is a HUGE risk factor for respiratory infections - and one that is often forgotten or discounted by patients, the health care system and media.
(Still looking at vaping and CV-19...)

***It is ALSO OK to...

- It is also OK to realize that Influenza targets the same high risk groups as above - but, UNLIKE COVID-19, Influenza kills young children EVERY year in this country.

- It is also OK to realize that children have an extremely LOW to negligible risk from COVID-19 and are NOT super-spreaders.

- It is also OK to know that we knew QUITE early on who & where the high risk pop. was - AND that our previous plans ALL incl. focused protection...AND mitigating the impact on the rest of society...AND that our gov't leadership caved & threw all that...AND US, out the window...
- It also OK to realize that the governments' abysmal failure to recognize that the majority of resources AND restrictions should be placed where the highest risk individuals are, is utterly mind-blowing.

- It is also OK to admit that the #CollateralDamage to our children, education, health care, cancer care, mental health, small businesses, families, job loss, bankruptcy, etc. - is mind-numbing.

- It is also OK to realize that there is no reason to be tested for CV-19 this far in - when, just like Novel H1N1, this virus quickly became both #endemic & part of the regular #seasonal mix.
It goes against every principle of public health & clinical epidemiology.

- It is also OK to be confident that the apocalyptic predictions for the latest "Variant of the Month" will be an abysmal failure just like every other variant.

- It is also OK to realize that #variants are a NORMAL & EXPECTED course in the error-prone replication of RNA viruses - and that each may briefly have a competitive edge for transmission that quickly wanes - AND that they become less NOT more deadly...AND...

Thousands of variants have been circulating at any given time in North America this entire time. (… )

- It is also OK to realize that, prior to CV-19, a "case" was someone ill enough to seek out the medical attention that resulted in testing...AND that by creating a new "case definition" that did NOT require ANY symptoms...

...they moved the goal posts....leaving us with completely useless data - after having literally spent ++ Billions of $$$ on testing asymptomatic (aka healthy) people.

- It is also OK to realize that a flawed "case definition" meant that the MAJORITY of "Cases" - and MANY "Hospitalizations" & "Deaths" were NOT sick with CV-19.

- It is also OK to realize that we should NOT be surprised by a higher baseline of "positive" test results this summer - as a much higher % of our population has been exposed by now - & (by our government's own admission) the test will pick that up!

- It is also OK to realize that “Cases” don’t equal infections.
(… )

- It is also OK to realize that “two weeks to flatten the curve” was about 1st-wave hospital capacity - NOT eradicating a virus.

- It is also OK to realize the utter arrogance of @fordnation & @JustinTrudeau as they legislated exemptions to restrictions for the #NHL - & not only allowed exemptions for, but attended protests, marches & vigils they support (while condemning those they don't)...tells us they
...a) think that they are endowed with magical abilities that can lower both transmission & risk at events they deem to be noble,


b) realize that relative risk to the general public is low - especially this far in when the virus is clearly both.

- It is also OK to realize that, further to the previous point, despite assurance on the PMO website that the Prime Minister would strictly adhere to COVID-19 precautions while at the G7 Summit, that he:

- attended INDOOR meetings with no mask,

- attended crowed cocktail parties on a patio with elderly members of the Royal Family sans mask,


- pranced around & posed shoulder-to-shoulder with super models...sans mask...

- It is also OK to realize that further to the TWO previous points, that clearly @JustinTrudeau, @fordnation, & @cafreeland can NOT argue that limits on our freedoms are "justifiable & reasonable", NOR applied in "good faith" - if they do NOT adhere to those same limitations.
- It is also OK to realize that @fordnation's so-called "Re-Opening" plan is more of a "Re-Lockdown" plan - as their is NO Step 4 (aka actually re-opening)....AND that in fact, Step 3 in many ways still leaves us MORE restricted than we were LAST summer!

- It is OK to realize that at least 32 states in the U.S. are now FULLY re-opened, and like #Florida & #Texas, saw ALL numbers drop AFTER re-opening - and PRIOR to a high % of their population being vaccinated.
Most of the remainder are re-opening this week or by the end of June
- It is OK to realize that #Canada generally, and #Ontario specifically, are the MOST restrictive & locked-down jurisdictions in North America currently AND over time.
We are very quickly going to be left behind in the dust.

- It is also OK to realize that the number of our "cases" (aka people who happen to have a "positive" test result) is falling rapidly.

- It is also OK to realize that EVERYONE should be able to return to FULL normal now - regardless of whether you choose (or are able) to have the vaccine or not.

***** It is also OK to believe, think, understand...ALL of the above - and STILL NOT be a "COVID Denier"

Living is more than just existing.
Living is more than just not dying.
Time to start living again!
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16 Jun
We knew QUITE early on who & where the high risk population was.

Our previous plans ALL included focused protection...
AND mitigating the impact on the rest of society.

BUT...@fordnation & @celliottability caved & threw all that...AND US, out the window.

The #CollateralDamage to our children, education, health care, cancer care, mental health, small businesses, families, job loss, bankruptcy, etc. - is mind-numbing!

The virus is now both #endemic & part of the #seasonal mix.

The rest of the world is opening up & Ontario will be left behind in the dust.

BUT, BUT,...BUT...we MUST INSIST that #reopening is NOT conditional!!!

NOT conditional on masks, vaccination status or social distancing.

Time to start living!
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15 Jun
A few hours ago, the Ottawa Citizen posted an article "Front-line hospital workers say they feel betrayed by the province."
(… )

However, this (clearly) union-fueled article completely missed the mark.

Yes, we are feeling worn down and betrayed by the Governments of Ontario & Canada.

But we are feeling worn down and betrayed NOT by the pandemic (aka the disease itself) - but by the governments' response to it:

1) that has:

- riddled our children with fear,

- riddled our patients with fear,

- riddle our employers with fear,

- paralyzed those outside our hallowed halls with fear...

2) that has lead to myopic, singular-focused government & public health policy - that has:

- undermined democracy,

Read 33 tweets
14 Jun
Hey #Ontario

8 things to think about as we head into a new week:

1) Reminder: "Hospitalization", "ICU" & "Deaths" are all subsets of the total number of "Cases" - & are subject to the same case definition.

- The case definition only requires...

...a recent "positive" test result (NO symptoms required).

- This means that neither "Cases", "Hospitalizations", "ICU" nor "Deaths" require the person to actually have COVID-19 symptoms to be counted.

2) #BREAKING: Viruses do NOT care about your feelings or how important your task is (or you feel that it is).

- If a virus so contagious and/or dangerous that the only way to protect yourself is to take precautions - then the level of risk does NOT...

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13 Jun
Most have invoked Orwell when raging against draconian lockdowns & mask mandates.

It is easy to see the parallels:
Militaristic enforcement to ensure compliance, censorship, Newspeek, etc.

However, I think that we also need to consider Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World".
Brave New World was published 17 prior to "1984" - yet has many parallels to our current culture - and to our government's overzealous, oppressive & unscientific response to CV-19.
Beyond Huxley's brilliant portrayal of a dystopian future obsessed with sexual gratification, mindless pop-culture entertainment, & technological advancement...
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12 Jun
"The Prime Minister and the Canadian delegation traveling to the UK and Belgium will follow strict public health protocols and procedures during their visit, while in-transit, and when they arrive home."…
@JustinTrudeau : #DoAsISay
...and #irony that the above seen was about the same time they were arresting @MaximeBernier
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