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  1. I've heard this advice for people with severe eczema that's chronically infected, and for people who are MRSA carriers who are under treatment - to avoid re-infection. For people without any special medical reasons, I don't think I'd bother. I mean, I actually don't bother. I stick my finger in the tub of cream and don't think twice about it.
  2. It's not standard of care here, nor is it available in the community. Yet. ETA a link to current local treatment guidelines, for interest.
  3. I believe it. The definition of the word "essential" seems to have drifted during this pandemic.
  4. Closed for non-essential travel. There is still quite a lot of traffic back and forth despite the closure - hundreds of thousands of vehicles per month nationally. Essential reasons include work, commerce, trade, medical care, and citizens returning home. Lots of snowbirds still found a way to go south this year, and are now coming home. And quite a few are using land border taxi services to avoid mandatory quarantine hotels for air-travelers.
  5. Hmm. 60+ have been eligible province-wide for at least a week now. 55+ have been eligible for AZ at "select pharmacies" for longer, though access has been a big issue. Actually scoring an appointment is a different story altogether. The provincial vaccine strategy has mostly used age as the deciding factor to distribute, along with some social groups (congregate living, nursing homes, retirement homes, Indigenous peoples), and then certain medical conditions. There aren't very many occupations that qualify. Front-line and patient-facing HCW and people working in congregate living s
  6. Thanks everyone. ICU's at 741 today (up from 725 yesterday) We've been in an "emergency-brake" pseudo-lockdown since April 1 (that felt like a bit of a joke, really), a stay-at-home order since April 8, and enhanced measures since April 16. Schools closed April 12. All have been initiated way too late. The definition of "essential" remains very broad. Our next 2-3 seeks are already carved in stone, so to speak. There has also been more public resistance this time - both protests and people just not complying. The virus is still ripping through workplaces - most working people don't
  7. This is a pure JAWM, please. Please don't quote. We are really struggling with covid here. Our third wave is the worst one yet, and is well en route to becoming a true catastrophe. Covid hospitalizations and Covid ICU admissions are at an all-time high. Provincial ICU admissions for Covid peaked at 410 last wave. Yesterday's number was 659. Today we are at 725. It's only going to get worse. Greater Toronto Area ICUs are full. They've been shipping patients out to peripheral hospitals for weeks. The peripheral hospitals are in turn filling up and shipping out further afield
  8. Cooking in cast iron can increase the iron content in foods by a small but measurable amount. Especially acidic foods. Probably not enough by itself to reverse a deficiency. But, like many daily habits, it might make a meaningful difference over time.
  9. It's not. But the practical effect is the same for the neighbours: the family is in formal quarantine either way. The reason for the quarantine doesn't change that, and isn't "need to know" information for these neighbours/acquaintances. Reading Tap's post it sounds like this is a delicate situation without a lot of trust. I think this might be a need-to-know rather than a nice-to-know situation.
  10. I think this is the best plan. You could be even more vague and just state that your household is in quarantine because of a covid exposure. Of course, you don't actually have to tell them anything, but I think not telling anything might turn out worse. Assess the difference in risk of telling and not telling: Would it be worse if DD ends up positive and you hadn't told up front?
  11. A funny-sad story from "Under the Influence" (CBC radio show) about how the general public's poor math skills help the Quarter Pounder win out over a competitor in the 1980's. Poor understanding of fractions is nothing new, apparently. "More than half the people in the focus groups questioned the price of the third-pounder. They wanted to know why they should have to pay the same price for a third of a pound as they did for a quarter pound at McDonald's. They said A&W was overcharging them. You're ripping them off. People genuinely thought a third of a pound was less than a quar
  12. We started with Getting Started With French. I like it because it's a grammar based approach with limited vocabulary, not a vocabulary and phrase based approach (so many language learner programs seem to be very heavy on vocab and light on grammar). I think that once you learn the grammar of a language, then adding vocab is easy. Not so true vice versa, I don't think. We just finished it last week. We're going to move on to Easy French - still grammar based, but more vocabulary and more depth.
  13. My understanding is that that AZ shipment to Mexico is also a loan, not a gift.
  14. Nitpicky but important detail wrt to Canada: Loan, not give. To be repaid.
  15. Because you didn't have the good fortune to bear only left-handed children who struggle with righty scissors and therefore only ever use their own scissors.
  16. NYT article on influence of western vaccine "pauses" on vaccine hesitancy in the rest of the world. Makes me want to cry. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/14/world/europe/western-vaccines-africa-hesitancy.html?action=click&module=Top Stories&pgtype=Homepage
  17. An interesting article on CBC about risks of the AZ vaccine vs risks of covid, and how we communicate relative risks. It links to this Cambridge paper about communicating AZ vaccine risk.
  18. Maybe I should call myself an "independent private homeschooler".
  19. I think this is true. Most of my acquaintances have no idea what I do. They all seem to think that I am required to follow the provincial public school curriculum, and that I'm provided by the province with the books/on-line resources to do so, and that we're somehow evaluated and kept in line by the province. All are surprised to hear that I am completely independent, provided with nothing, not beholden to the provincial public school curriculum, not evaluated by the province, and free to teach anything I like. I am required, as per the provincial education act, to provide a "satisf
  20. We've planned a few summer family camping trips in nearby provincial parks. I hope they will be open by then - they've all closed for camping now due to the third wave that's hitting us hard. We'll probably meet with friends for outdoor days at the beach or hikes. Assuming our third wave settles down. Our stay-at-home order expires in early May, but who know if it will be extended. Cases are still rising sharply, so I'm actually not hopeful. The kids' usual summer camp is cancelled again this year. Which is just as well. It's very unlikely that my kids will be eligible to be va
  21. We have municipal composting here, with curbside pick-up on garbage day. I think it's province-wide. So I have 2 compost pails on my counter: one for my own garden compost, which takes veggie scraps, eggshells, teabags and coffee grounds, and a second pail for municipal compost, which takes cooked food, meat scraps, bacon grease, and even soiled paper food packaging (like paper coffee cups). It's great.
  22. Right - Canada is super complex and very diverse, with lots of interesting politics and hot political issues. The core difference is that, despite enormous cultural diversity, there is general acceptance of relatively more government involvement (higher taxes, socialized medicine, social programs) in citizens' lives than in the USA, which, I think, leads to more social and community stability, which makes functional public schools possible. And I think that's generalizable to all the countries you hear about with functional public school systems (NZ, Singapore in this thread, and others not
  23. I've heard this and similar arguments before. I think the key difference is institutional trust and tolerance for government involvement in general and less of a culture of individualism (things like socialized medicine, more government support for marginalized people, higher taxes). Which directly affects poverty and wealth gaps and standard of living, and population health, and both directly and indirectly supports successful education systems. It's also true that the US is more populous that just about everywhere else, but I'm not sure that's as relevant. I don't buy the hom
  24. My kids really liked historical architectural books for kids: David Macaulay's Castle, Pyramid, City, Cathedral Stephen Biesty cross-section books. Man of War is wonderful (HMS Victory)
  25. Canadian Math Kangaroo ran about a month ago. Both kids participated (this is their 3rd year). We don't get results until May, I think. No T-shirts here. It's a nice, low-key, mathy fun thing to do.
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