20200321, “Dr. @BogochIsaac is right //rankings don’t seem to be performing well when faced w actual pandemic//
Rankings talk abstract capabilities, insights of countries’ scientists.
Actions/indecisions @JustinTrudeau @moonriver365 @realDonaldTrump impact how many live/die in #covid19 war!
And even IF we get world leaders themselves and their best scientific teams to attend simulations like GHSI and give their best efforts in providing data for these rankings, I submit they will still fail. Why do I think that?
To quote Warren Buffett,
“Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.”
And I play copycat,
“Only in a global pandemic like #covid19 do you discover a country’s true character and if her better angels have been swimming naked.“
Simulations capture best of us in peace time so to speak. But when shits are flying, thats when travel ban, border controls, critical medical equpiments export bans come out, the shit that no country leaders are willing to admit in polite company. #covid19 shows our true selves.”
20200319 NYT, “Before Virus Outbreak, a Cascade of Warnings Went Unheeded – Government exercises, including one last year, made clear that the U.S. was not ready for a pandemic like the coronavirus. But little was done.”
20200320, #coolVideo “A good illustration of why the surgical hand washing technique is really very important”
20200321, The Lancet, “Canada and COVID-19: learning from SARS”
“//The 2003 SARS epidemic killed 44 people in Canada, and led to many proposals for reforms. Paul Webster looks at how the SARS outbreak has affected Canada’s COVID-19 response. […]
Canada was affected by SARS more than anywhere else outside Asia. Like COVID-19, SARS was a respiratory coronavirus originating in China, which infected more than 8000 people worldwide. More than 900 people died. Canada saw 438 suspected cases and 44 deaths, mostly in Toronto, Canada’s largest city. During the epidemic, WHO issued a travel ban for the Greater Toronto Area, which has a population of about 6 million.
Following the disaster, the Canadian Government charged Naylor with leading a thorough review. Canada’s public health system was deemed by Naylor and his co-panellists to have stumbled badly, especially in Ontario, Canada’s most populous province.
In their report, Naylor and his co-panelists outlined scores of challenges for epidemic and pandemic control. While various other outbreaks in the 16 years since SARS have “road-tested those mechanisms and enabled refinements”, says Naylor, “COVID-19 is emerging as the most severe test to date, and I think the coordinated response has been impressive.”
Inevitably, says Naylor, there have been some inconsistencies in the overall public health response as COVID-19 continues to make its mark in Canada, where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is currently in voluntary isolation while his wife is being treated for the virus.
“This is a vast country, and provinces have substantial administrative authority, including over health care”, says Naylor. “But at all levels of government and public health oversight, Canadian leaders are staying in close touch and working well together.”// “