gisèle gordon Profile picture
writer. media artist. citizen researcher. film programmer. wrangler of small humans. reads science journals to relax. settler in tkaronto. she/her #CovidZero
10 May
1/Make the lockdowns count. There is no acceptable number of deaths.
Just published: COVID-19, Get to Zero, Save Lives
Huge thanks to contributors @GosiaGasperoPhD, @caruzycki & @TehseenLadha
Full article & footnotes here: link.medium.com/VTl0vHVT8fb
Loooong thread below:
2/Any country or region can eliminate #COVID-19 with an action plan to reduce community spread until there are zero cases. Over two dozen countries & some of Canada’s Northern Territories and Atlantic Provinces already have successfully eliminated, or almost eliminated, COVID-19.
3/●Zero Covid is an action plan to eliminate community transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19) region by region
●Zero Covid is eliminating SARS-CoV-2 in a region or country until there is zero community transmission in that region.
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17 Apr
1/7 My sister-in-law, an RN in the GTA looking after COVID-19 patients every day, told me most of her patients are in their 20s and 30s. Most are sent to the ICU within 12 hours of being admitted. In each case, their entire family is sick with COVID, sometimes 8 or 9 people.
2/7 A veteran RN with 3 kids, she wasn't scared during the 1st, or even the 2nd, wave. But now, like her colleagues, she is terrified. Leaders need to listen to their science advisors, not lobbyists. Decisions need to be made according to public health, not political ambitions.
3/7 This pandemic is inequitable. Some can stay home, but those who are unhoused, elderly, lower income, or those considered “essential” workers are dying. Many of them take public transit on their way to their workplaces in factories, grocery stores, hospitals, and LTC homes.
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11 Apr
1/With the 4,456 new official Covid-19 cases in Ontario today and the majority of Covid-19 cases in Canada now being VOCs, maybe it's a good time to update what we know about transmission. Thanks to @DFisman for editing and fact-checking and @realsarahpolley for the inspiration.
2/Transmission:
•Covid-19 is airborne: the virus can hang suspended in the air for hours and travel much further than 2m (6’), especially indoors
3/This includes people who have not yet developed symptoms (pre-symptomatic) and those who never develop symptoms (asymptomatic)
•The majority of Covid-19 cases in Canada are now the variants of concern, which are 1.2-2.2 times more contagious, and 60% more deadly
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