In a recent article, De Clarke made a connection between “the rapid spread of a novel coronavirus and the historically unprecedented air-travel culture.” While there may be exceptions, this appears to agree with the first reports of the virus outside China: Airlines spread COVID 19.Continue reading Airlines spread COVID 19
[An earlier version of this article originally appeared in Medium, an online magazine, under the title “The Price Tag.”]
The influenza epidemic of 1918 — as most of us are remembering or discovering right about now — killed about 50 million people worldwide between 1918 and 1920. At that time, the world population was perhaps about 1.8 billion people (as opposed to today’s approximately 7.8 billion people). So to achieve the same statistical impact, a pandemic today would have to kill about 200 million people (or approximately 2/3 the population of the US). Spread of the disease was greatly aided by military deployment at the end of WWI, and by the poor physical condition and abysmal living conditions of troops in the trenches. So far, Covid-19 is not even remotely in the league and hardly merits comparison. However, that could change. Like the old Carpenters song, it’s only just begun.
My second reaction to Covid-19 was one of puzzlement or frustration (I’ve written about the first reaction elsewhere). All around me, people were not only scared or appalled, but bewildered, outraged, shocked. What a freakish thing to happen, how unfair, how incredible, how surreal! A pandemic? A Plague? How mediaeval! Who woulda thunkit? How could that happen here?Continue reading Shocked, Shocked?
As of yesterday’s press conference, there were 16 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Vancouver Island Health Region. The closest known case is two ferry rides away in Campbell River. The Province of British Columbia declared a state of emergency for the next 14 days, which may be extended or rescinded as necessary. There are many reports of Cortes going into slowdown.Continue reading Cortes Going Into Slowdown
The good news is from China, where the COVID-19 virus was first reported and the World Health Organization claims the disease has been stopped. While there were 21 new cases reported yesterday, all but one of these was returning travellers.Continue reading COVID-19: The Good News
This is a COVID-19 news update for March 17, 2020. As of yesterday, there are 103 confirmed cases of COVID 19 in British Columbia. 8 of these are on Vancouver Island. The first was a Victoria. The seven most recent cases were reported yesterday. A Courtenay doctor confirmed that one of her patients is among them. While I have yet to see official confirmation, two sources have independently mentioned a case of COVID -19 in the Campbell River Hospital.Continue reading COVID-19 News Update For March 17, 2020.