I was reading the other day that Germany's low death rate can be attributed to the far superior resources available for care. 25,000 acute care beds and respirators compared with 5,000 in Spain or Italy. Fantastic to be well prepared, and even able to help your neighbors.
I'm glad that Canada has taken drastic measures to shut everything down fairly early in the curve. But I don't think we have those kind of resources either, if indeed our cases continue to increase as they are right now. PPE is an issue, and at least I've heard that alcohol producers are already switched to produce sanitizer. Other needs are not addressed yet.
Politicians federally are also bickering about passing the bill to cover costs including to aid citizens who are losing work and need financial support. I am surprised but... maybe not that surprised. As usual the foot dragging is on the right. No offense, however you vote. It's just a fact, spending patterns are different one end from the other. It may be possible to pass the bill without their agreement, but it would have been nice to see a unanimous confident move in the face of crisis. Especially when people are thrown out of work and need these proposals to be a done deal, so they can calm down and just do what is necessary.
Locally they cancelled all elective surgeries starting last week, and have freed up as many beds as possible. They report we are now only using 17% of our respirators - IDK what the actual number would be. They received an order of PPE but are still very worried about a shortage. At present, we have no covid patients in hospital. All of the cases so far are managed in isolation in their homes. I'm sure that will change in coming days.
Taxi drivers were on the news last night, about the number of passengers off international flights who asked to be driven to Tim Hortons or the supermarket before going into 'self isolation'.
More than 300 have been reported to police and are being investigated. In the meantime that is more than 300 opportunities to contaminate the only place open that we're supposed to go for basic needs.