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  1. you're right..... i am not sure where i got that figure from..... ... i still don't get his surprise......
  2. The thread has moved on a bit, but I am just catching up and was baffled by this Okay, I am looking at what this guy is saying and it made me do some research. I am not mathy nor any kind of expert on anything. But I do not understand what he is saying in terms of COVID not really being any worse than other epidemics and that the response seems out of proportion. Some googling turned up these figures SARS killed about 774 people over the span of about a year and half. MERS killed 858 people over a span of about 8 years. Ebola on its worst year killed about 11, 316 Polio: I am having trouble finding wordwide polio statistics for the 1950’s . Mostly I get the number of cases in United States which apparently had about 3145 deaths. Compare that to today on April 10 where the US has already had 18, 720 deaths. “ HIV on its worst year killed about 2,000, 000 world wide. Smallpox killed about 2 million worldwide over the span of a year at its height. We are only about 100 days into COVID – 19 , so we are only about 27 % through one year of this virus. Already it has killed about 500, 000 people world-wide. If nothing changes, we could easily develop a fatality rate equal to smallpox or HIV over the course of a year. To my untrained eye, this is already worse than most of our recent epidemics. How can he diminish the magnitude of this so lightly? What am I not understanding? Can someone mathy or more knowledable about epidemics chime in ?
  3. My foster son who has lived with us since he was 18 months old is flipping out. He absolutely cannot seem to understand social distancing. He keeps running off to visit friends, who stupidly let him in. We tried to explain he is risking our health, as I already have respiratory issues, and the health of his friends family., who are none too healthy. He either doesn't understand or doesn't care. His aggressive behaviour has gone through the roof. He refuses to do any of the work his teacher has sent home. He refuses to accept any consequences for his behaviours but simply escalates more. Meanwhile, I am desperately trying to figure out new technology so I can continue teaching from home, which is taking an enormous amount of time. Filming in a corner of a bedroom while he is having tantrum in the other room is not working too well. I am so exhausted every night from trying to do my job and somehow keep him calm. We are beginning to wonder if we may have to give him up for everyone's safety which is breaking my heart. I am at my wit's end. We just don't know what to do. JAWM... I can't handle any criticism right now.
  4. Not sure if this is the right place to post this, but they have closed the border between US and Canada. ( except for trade) I honestly never thought they would really do it.
  5. Just desperately needing to vent to people who don't know me. I live in Ontario, on a remote First Nations reservation. We had a big meeting yesterday at the Nursing Station of frontline workers ( anyone really who deals with the public-- store manager, mental health workers, teachers, nursing staff, chief and council, etc.) They were basically running through a list of what actions we are taking to protect people , and which departments/ people would be responsible for what. All of that is great, and it was wonderful to hear. What was not so wonderful to hear, was the nurse responsible for briefing everybody either deliberately or stupidly giving mininformation or outdated information or deliberately editing what she said . ( clearly in an effort to calm people's fears.) As I am not First Nations, nor a health profession, I clamped my teeth and shut up , but it was incredibly frustrating. Examples of what I mean: She pointed out reassuringly that our nearby big town of Thunder Bay had no cases. She left out that a different nearby town, did, ( which several of us mentioned,)) When asked if nurses coming in were being screened, she replied that they were only being screened if they had travelled internationally, otherwise-- nope. If they have a fever they need to be fever free for 24 hours and then they are free to come up. When questioned on testing, she stated flat out that EVEN IF YOU HAD SYMPTOMS, if you had not travelled internationally, then YOU DID NOT HAVE IT. And obviously, therefore, they would not be testing you. She stated that there is NO community transmission at this time in Canada, even though there was literally just a news article stating that they believe Ontario is beginning to see signs of community transmission. She stated that there was only 1 death in Canada, rather than 4 deaths, as is actually the case. She stated that the ONLY people who are dying are old or have pre-existing conditions. Otherwise don't worry, you won't die. I think what left me most frustrated was i could not tell if she was simple misinformed or actually intentionally misleading people. I know all this will probably seem like small potatoes to people living in bigger areas that are already facing many more deaths, but as First Nations communities are notoriously overcrowded, understocked for medical supplies, underserviced for medical needs, and that any illness tends to run through the whole reserve like wildfire, I was really, really dismayed by her responses. Not much i can do about it, but just really needed to vent to other people.
  6. On the other hand, here is a different point of view written in Maclean's , which is our major news magazine:
  7. In our area ( remote north of Canada), there are very few people who know how to run the water operating plant. One time when a guy went on vacation, his replacement did not understand the importance of chlorine so when they ran out of the additive, he told no one. Yes , this is a true story. Lots of diarrhea that month! If this hit our area hard, it would be entirely possible for all staff who know how to operate the plant to be out with the virus. Also power goes out a lot up here during the spring , which immediately affects the water system. It would not be at all surprising for both events to occur at the same time. As there is only one store, and many of us get groceries flown in ( which if there is a power outage, both our internet and cell phones won't work and therefore will not be able to arrange) . It might not happen. But it might. Why not get the water and be on the safe side. We have had times where internet and phones were out for several weeks.
  8. Eating ice can be a sign of nutritional deficiencies.
  9. Thank-you so much for all the ideas! I had forgotten about Bad Kitty-- that might be perfect for him with all the graphics. I am going to look into some of the other suggestions at the library. I wanted to grab some new books as we head into the holidays!
  10. Yeah, he mentioned Warriors as a possibility. I think we tried it a year or two ago and he found it too scary at the time, but we could try it again. I had forgotten Socks-- I just remembered Ribsy!
  11. My ds loves cats and all things cat-astic. I am trying to think of fiction books about cats, that are written at the early chapter level that he could read or slightly harder that could be a read-aloud. He loved the Catwings series by Ursula LeGuin. We read Cricket in Times Square and all its various sequels over and over again. I was not a big cat lover as a kid so this is not really a genre I ever tried to locate. He loves funny, light-hearted stuff, and fantasy. Deep, dark, scary and serious are out. If any characters die like in Bridge to Terebithia, I will have an extremely unhappy child. So I know this is kind of an odd request, but I hoped people might be able to point me in the right direction. Any favourites the cat-lovers in your house just loved, and that you would really recommend for an immature 12 year old who is a weak reader?
  12. Phew!!! ok, I was freaking out there for a moment. I gotta go buy some groceries before lunchtime. Thank-you for providing so many ideas.
  13. Yeah, I saw you mention this in another thread and have just been sniffing around the idea wondering if I am crazy for thinking about taking it. Same thing here for tokens. Right now our big motivators for school are that if he gets up early he can play video games before school ( which I would normally not allow in the mornings!) and we go pick up his best friend who would normally take the bus and we drive the both of them over to school together, so he has someone to walk onto the playground with.
  14. oh my goodness-- the way to A book is only available from one buyer for $399. For a picture book???
  15. Problem is-- officially I can't get anyone to even test for autism. I re-asked him counsellor about it and she basically said yes she still thinks he has autism or a collection of symptoms that are causing much the same problems autism would cause. She is experienced like crazy and watching her try to do traditional talk therapy with him is so eye-opening. If people could see that-- they might see what I am talking about. He is talking to her with a pillow over his face, completely ignoring her questions and talking about completely off-topic conversation, without worry about whether anyone else is engaging, completely unable to imagine any goals for himself other than Mr. B needs to go away. She later told me she has seen a book on how to use lego to do therapy. As that is one of his main interests ( Lego, Ninjago, Pokémon and Minecraft) that might work. She always keeps trying but she said flat out, he needs an ABA behaviourist, not her.
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