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Published on 22 Apr 2020 / In News and Politics

COVID-19 Lethality Not Much Different Than Flu, Says New Study

Between 48,000 and 81,000 residents of Santa Clara County, California are likely to have already been infected by the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, suggests a new study by researchers associated with Stanford University Medical School. The researchers tested a sample of 3,330 residents of the county using blood tests to detect antibodies to determine whether or not they had been exposed to the coronavirus. If the researchers' calculations are correct, that's really good news. Why? Because that data will help public health officials to get a better handle on just how lethal the coronavirus is, and if researchers are right it's a lot less lethal than many have feared it to be.

https://reason.com/2020/04/17/....covid-19-lethality-n


Influential COVID-19 model uses flawed methods and shouldn’t guide U.S. policies, critics say

A widely followed model for projecting Covid-19 deaths in the U.S. is producing results that have been bouncing up and down like an unpredictable fever, and now epidemiologists are criticizing it as flawed and misleading for both the public and policy makers. In particular, they warn against relying on it as the basis for government decision-making, including on “re-opening America.”

“It’s not a model that most of us in the infectious disease epidemiology field think is well suited” to projecting Covid-19 deaths, epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health told reporters this week, referring to projections by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.

https://www.boston.com/news/he....alth/2020/04/17/infl


Nova Scotia RCMP now investigating if gunman had help as victim death toll rises to 22

RCMP in Nova Scotia say they are now investigating whether others may have assisted the gunman in Canada’s deadliest mass shooting as the death toll rose Tuesday to 22 victims.

It is the first suggestion other suspects may have had some role in the devastating rampage across rural Nova Scotia last weekend, which police have previously said was committed by Gabriel Wortman alone.

https://www.theglobeandmail.co....m/canada/article-dea


The Nova Scotia Shooting Went on for 12 Hours. Why Wasn't an Emergency Alert Sent?

Several of the victims are believed to be unaware there was an active shooting situation happening.

On Saturday night Nova Scotia RCMP started informing the public about what would become one of the darkest days in Canadian history.

The alert was sent via a tweet, at 11:32 p.m. Atlantic time. In it, authorities informed residents of Portapique, a small community 120 kilometres north of Halifax, to remain inside as police were responding to a firearms call. The next tweet, sent from the Nova Scotia RCMP Twitter account, came eight hours later and warned residents that this was an active shooter situation and again warned them to remain inside.

https://www.vice.com/en_ca/art....icle/xgqnq7/the-nova


Dr. Leslyn Lewis Could Shake Up The Conservative Leadership Race

She’s already saying some things that will really resonate with many Conservatives.

Dr. Leslyn Lewis, the Toronto lawyer who is seeking the leadership of the Conservative Party, could shake up the Conservative leadership race.

Lewis is already taking an approach focused on standing up for working class Canadians, a segment of the population the Conservatives will need to win over in order to have a chance of winning next time.

To find out what Lewis stands for, here’s what she shared on her campaign website:

“It has been said that to whom much is given, much is expected. I am running to be the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada because Canadians can and should expect much more from their leaders.

When my parents migrated from Jamaica, they left everything behind so their children could have a better life. As the youngest of six children, born to a mother of Indian descent, and a father of African-Caribbean descent, I came to Canada when I was five years old and grew up in East York. The values of Canada and Canadians – generosity, fair opportunity, rewarding hard work – enabled me to realize all the dreams of my immigrant parents. I achieved a Bachelors Degree from the University of Toronto, Trinity College graduating Magna Cum Laude, a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University, an MBA Concentration in Business and Environment from the Schulich School of Business and a Juris Doctorate from Osgoode Hall Law School and a PhD in Law from Osgoode Hall Law School.

https://www.spencerfernando.co....m/2020/01/28/dr-lesl

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