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They say there's waits etc. at the labs around here but I haven't found that so at least for walk in.
The longest I've had to wait in a line up and then had the tests done has been about half an hr. And the results are back at my drs within 24 hrs. That's 3 times within the last 2 1/2 weeks at the lab in the article. Today when I walked by it, twice, on my way to and from my drs. for the results of the last set of tests there was no line up.
 

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I had the Hong Kong Flu, which was the third pandemic of the 20th century. Seven days of torture, barely able to crawl to the bathroom and unable to eat, and even keeping fluids down was difficult to say the least. I called the family doctor, who came by and pumped me full of drugs, and left me with pills to help me sleep/rest. Three more days of semi delirium, and another week or so of recovery, before I could walk without holding on to something. Haven't been that sick, before or since. And we grew up with all kinds of diseases. Everyone got measles, chicken pox, mumps (those were fun parties), scarlet fever, and some had polio which always scared the parents and really messed up some kid's lives. There was also a couple trips to the hospital for pneumonia and drilling into my head to relieve the pressure of an inner ear infection that was putting pressure on my brain and an insane fever. Figures suggest a low of a million people died around the world, and up to 3 or 4 million from that flu....I guess keeping stats wasn't as important back then. I don't remember any panic. The world didn't stop, and people still went to work.
When this latest virus hit, I started wearing a mask in enclosed spaces with people nearby, early on and told friends in person and on social media to do the same and be very careful and follow all the basic pathogen rules. I was asked numerous times for my credentials and told they would listen to the 'health professionals' first. Needless to say I was a little bit shocked at the slow response of Health Canada.
As JimDaddyO says above, we're just getting started with this bug. This is a long distance haul and there will be starts and stops along the way. I don't expect a new normal or an old normal, or a medium normal normal. I'm not waiting on, or expect a vaccine to be the solution, although I imagine many smart people are working non stop to do the best they can to create something to help.
In the mean time, I'll try to keep my immune system up and stay away from too much of the bad stuff (except for a glass or two, or three of the grape.....occasionally for moral uplift) and will keep my grab bag of goodies handy, in case I get this stuff. And I will listen and agree or disagree and discuss when and how and who and where this stuff came from and what, if any, lessons are to be learned as we stumble forward in this great pageantry we call life.
And I will think back to that time laying on that bed on the floor after many days of sweat and fever and chills, the smell of urine and vomit in the air, and nothing left in your bowels to expunge, and seeing the vision of William Blake coming to me on a celestial skateboard (ah yes, too many Silver Surfer comics), and asking me if I would come and take a ride with him out into the universe. I declined. This time......who knows.
 

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I had the Hong Kong Flu, which was the third pandemic of the 20th century. Seven days of torture, barely able to crawl to the bathroom and unable to eat, and even keeping fluids down was difficult to say the least. I called the family doctor, who came by and pumped me full of drugs, and left me with pills to help me sleep/rest. Three more days of semi delirium, and another week or so of recovery, before I could walk without holding on to something. Haven't been that sick, before or since. And we grew up with all kinds of diseases. Everyone got measles, chicken pox, mumps (those were fun parties), scarlet fever, and some had polio which always scared the parents and really messed up some kid's lives. There was also a couple trips to the hospital for pneumonia and drilling into my head to relieve the pressure of an inner ear infection that was putting pressure on my brain and an insane fever. Figures suggest a low of a million people died around the world, and up to 3 or 4 million from that flu....I guess keeping stats wasn't as important back then. I don't remember any panic. The world didn't stop, and people still went to work.
When this latest virus hit, I started wearing a mask in enclosed spaces with people nearby, early on and told friends in person and on social media to do the same and be very careful and follow all the basic pathogen rules. I was asked numerous times for my credentials and told they would listen to the 'health professionals' first. Needless to say I was a little bit shocked at the slow response of Health Canada.
As JimDaddyO says above, we're just getting started with this bug. This is a long distance haul and there will be starts and stops along the way. I don't expect a new normal or an old normal, or a medium normal normal. I'm not waiting on, or expect a vaccine to be the solution, although I imagine many smart people are working non stop to do the best they can to create something to help.
In the mean time, I'll try to keep my immune system up and stay away from too much of the bad stuff (except for a glass or two, or three of the grape.....occasionally for moral uplift) and will keep my grab bag of goodies handy, in case I get this stuff. And I will listen and agree or disagree and discuss when and how and who and where this stuff came from and what, if any, lessons are to be learned as we stumble forward in this great pageantry we call life.
And I will think back to that time laying on that bed on the floor after many days of sweat and fever and chills, the smell of urine and vomit in the air, and nothing left in your bowels to expunge, and seeing the vision of William Blake coming to me on a celestial skateboard (ah yes, too many Silver Surfer comics), and asking me if I would come and take a ride with him out into the universe. I declined. This time......who knows.
Sounds like the 50's to me. Toss in Bronchitis, possibly smallpox even tho we got shot, typhoid and a bunch of other things including TB and you've got it. There was some sort of H2N2 flu going around too in the late 50's. Another in the late 60's. The one that got you. I don't think Blake had a skateboard but he did have a cat.
Tiger, tiger, burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye, Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

Had to learn that in the early 60's along with Chaucer and 'The Rubiyat'.
Anyway, we survived that and other things and we'll survive this.
 

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I caught something this weekend. Hope its just a cold. It feels like a cold. Started out with a scratchy, itchy throat (never really got sore) and yesterday got a stuffy, then runny nose. Took some cold\flu pills and went to bed. Woke up this morning with a fever a bit on the high side, 99. Wife took my temp again this afternoon and its 99.5. I have a bit of aching but that could be cause I haven't got off the couch all day. I just got up now and I'm a little sweaty but I'm wearing a house coat and was under blankets. My itchy throat disappeared and seemed to move in to my chest a bit and am coughing but not excessively.
After getting up I feel better but still stuffy sinuses. I miss the days when I could be certain this was just a cold. If its covid it feels very mild. No shortness of breath at all. No headache. Sense of smell is ok. After being off the couch for a bit no achiness
So what do I do come Tuesday if I feel better? Do I go to work? Obviously if I don't feel better I don't go. From what I've been reading the chances of getting a test are impossible.
While on the couch I watched a documentary on youtube "Van Halen the Early Days" and was inspired to get up and go listen to 1984 on vinyl. Feeling even better.
 

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With everyone washing their hands compulsively, and wearing masks when dealing with those outside their home, we should see lower seasonal respitory infections, that is if these measures are effective. Let`s hope.
 

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With everyone washing their hands compulsively, and wearing masks when dealing with those outside their home, we should see lower seasonal respitory infections, that is if these measures are effective. Let`s hope.
While as an avid hiker it's been a bit of a pain in the ass for me due to crowds, people are outdoors doing healthy activities like I have never seen. I know so many people who built home gyms and started eating healthy too. A lot of people are trying to build up their immune systems going into winter.
 

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Man I doubt that this is going away any time soon, I know a lot of upper folks in the hospitals are looking at this for over the next 3 years or so and that's with the vaccine ( worried about to many non Vaccineers ) and we have a lot of them in the farther lower mainland as we have seen in recent pasts.
But as torndownunit said so many folks out and about and new home gyms well lets hope that helps.
 

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Man I doubt that this is going away any time soon, I know a lot of upper folks in the hospitals are looking at this for over the next 3 years or so and that's with the vaccine ( worried about to many non Vaccineers ) and we have a lot of them in the farther lower mainland as we have seen in recent pasts.
But as torndownunit said so many folks out and about and new home gyms well lets hope that helps.
When you know someone working in healthcare, you sure get a bleaker perspective. My sister in law is a respiratory therapist and has always been worried. She's told me how few cases it would take to basically over run the hospital here because they just don't have the equipment to treat many people.
 

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When you know someone working in healthcare, you sure get a bleaker perspective. My sister in law is a respiratory therapist and has always been worried. She's told me how few cases it would take to basically over run the hospital here because they just don't have the equipment to treat many people.
This is what it's like at Foothills Hospital here as of the 9th. It's the biggest hospital here and it still is running.
  • Three new patient cases of COVID-19 linked to a cardiac unit on outbreak at Foothills Medical Centre have been reported today. The cumulative number of confirmed patient cases is 45.

  • No new healthcare workers associated with the outbreaks have tested positive. The total cumulative number of positive healthcare remains at 36.

  • One new death has been reported today and the total number is 11. We offer our sincerest condolences to the families and friends who have lost loved ones.
Seems most of the deaths have been in the cardiac unit. About the only place there seems to be a bit slower is the walk in ER. Other than that the hospital is running normally. I'm on a list to see a couple of specialists there but those are both about a year down the road which is normal for that. Same with the Respiritory specialist at another hospital....that's sometime in the next 5 months. That's normal too for at least around here.
 

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This is what it's like at Foothills Hospital here as of the 9th. It's the biggest hospital here and it still is running.
  • Three new patient cases of COVID-19 linked to a cardiac unit on outbreak at Foothills Medical Centre have been reported today. The cumulative number of confirmed patient cases is 45.

  • No new healthcare workers associated with the outbreaks have tested positive. The total cumulative number of positive healthcare remains at 36.

  • One new death has been reported today and the total number is 11. We offer our sincerest condolences to the families and friends who have lost loved ones.
Seems most of the deaths have been in the cardiac unit. About the only place there seems to be a bit slower is the walk in ER. Other than that the hospital is running normally. I'm on a list to see a couple of specialists there but those are both about a year down the road which is normal for that. Same with the Respiritory specialist at another hospital....that's sometime in the next 5 months. That's normal too for at least around here.
What province is this though? We have the issue here that Peel and Toronto are a couple of the worst regions in Canada. Where I am located is literally a 5 minute walk to Peel. So all of those residents drive up and use our ER all the time. It's not a large hospital on top of that, which is why the people I know who work there have mentioned how easily it could be over run.

The issues are so regional. But then you take a location where I am, and we have issues even though we are in a separate region and even in a different phase/stage then Peel and Toronto (they are modified stage 2, we are stage 3). It's not possible I guess, but I really wish they could just restrict several services like the ER, Drive Test, Service Ontario etc. to people from this county (it's still a big county) while the issue with separate phases is going on. You should see the lineups of city people using our services.
 

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When you know someone working in healthcare, you sure get a bleaker perspective. My sister in law is a respiratory therapist and has always been worried. She's told me how few cases it would take to basically over run the hospital here because they just don't have the equipment to treat many people.
It's not the number of new cases. It's the accumulation. Just because there have only been, say 3 new cases during the past X days, doesn't mean that the new cases from the week and even month before have all cleared out and gone home.

When I had my bypass surgery, 20 years ago, they sent you home, 5 days post-op, after ripping your torso open and stitching it back together. The assumption was that you didn't need to be in hospital and could recover at home. But that was for something that was known to provide steady predictable recovery and was NOT a contagious disease. Serious contagious diseases are an entirely different scenario. If one is sick enough to be admitted, you don't leave until they're convinced a) you're clearly out of danger, and b) will not pose any danger to others. It doesn't take much to plug up the system if you're not clearing people out quickly.

And yeah, the application of different guidelines to "regions" that may sit on opposite sides of the same street makes little sense to me, too. Neither viruses or the people carrying them are particularly mindful of such borders.
 

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It's not the number of new cases. It's the accumulation. Just because there have only been, say 3 new cases during the past X days, doesn't mean that the new cases from the week and even month before have all cleared out and gone home.

When I had my bypass surgery, 20 years ago, they sent you home, 5 days post-op, after ripping your torso open and stitching it back together. The assumption was that you didn't need to be in hospital and could recover at home. But that was for something that was known to provide steady predictable recovery and was NOT a contagious disease. Serious contagious diseases are an entirely different scenario. If one is sick enough to be admitted, you don't leave until they're convinced a) you're clearly out of danger, and b) will not pose any danger to others. It doesn't take much to plug up the system if you're not clearing people out quickly.

And yeah, the application of different guidelines to "regions" that may sit on opposite sides of the same street makes little sense to me, too. Neither viruses or the people carrying them are particularly mindful of such borders.
Bang on RE cases.

The situation here isn't as simple as "Across the street" is the big issues. You'd have to live in a rural area surrounding Toronto and Peel just like this one to know our exact situation. Peel's entire North end is basically rural country all the way to where I am. And the town I am in is a large town, not a city. It has services, but our own population strains them in the best of times. So the issue is that it's a specific scenario where the largest hot spot in Canada, which is under many more restrictions than we are, can basically can easily drive here and use our services instead of theirs. Even the business owners here who need business aren't happy about this scenario at all because it doesn't benefit our community in any way. There are other areas of course that have a sort of similar situation, but this particular area also has some issues specific to it.

It's not like there is any answer to it. It's a big problem though.
 

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What province is this though? We have the issue here that Peel and Toronto are a couple of the worst regions in Canada. Where I am located is literally a 5 minute walk to Peel. So all of those residents drive up and use our ER all the time. It's not a large hospital on top of that, which is why the people I know who work there have mentioned how easily it could be over run.

The issues are so regional. But then you take a location where I am, and we have issues even though we are in a separate region and even in a different phase/stage then Peel and Toronto (they are modified stage 2, we are stage 3). It's not possible I guess, but I really wish they could just restrict several services like the ER, Drive Test, Service Ontario etc. to people from this county (it's still a big county) while the issue with separate phases is going on. You should see the lineups of city people using our services.
Calgary. Foothills is the largest hospital here. The closest one to me is Peter Lougheed which is about a 10 minute drive from me. I think there's 5 main hospitals which includes the children's hospital serving Calgary and area plus parts of BC and Sask.....that's over 2 million people. They say that in the various units at Foothills there's more than 1,100 beds. It's the one where most of the trauma patients go and specialty patients go. I believe it's a teaching hospital too. Service Canada and Service AB are both closed for the moment so all you can do is phone.
 
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