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OT: Coronavirus Resources

hockeylover

Well-known member
Kind of defeats the purpose of doing all these tests if we can't process any of them.

Wonder what the issue is. Shortage of materials? Or a lack of lab/testing capacity in Ontario? Because if we normally outsource a lot of our tests, labs in any other jurisdiction would be busy with a ton of their own tests at the moment.
Haven't really kept in touch with the people I used to work in hospital labs with so can't say for sure what the main issue is.

I do know a police officer at home with symptoms who was told at least a week for results. He's self-isolating in the basement of his house.
 

SundinsTooth

Leafs Moderator
The swab shortage
One of the weakest links in the testing chain is the simple nasopharyngeal swab.
The swabs are inserted into a patient's nose and then sealed into a tube with a transport growth medium that keeps the virus alive until it can get to the lab.
Around the world, countries are desperately looking for the swabs. Even Iceland is running low.
As a result of the shortage, Public Health Ontario has approved the use of swabs normally used to test for other pathogens, including chlamydia.
How did the global pandemic response to COVID-19 risk being derailed by a swab on a stick?
Most hospitals keep a short-term supply, a form of "just-in-time delivery" common to the broader marketplace, where supplies are delivered as they are needed.
It works in normal, non-pandemic situations, but now, Canada is competing with the rest of the world to buy everything from swabs to masks to testing kits — including the U.S., where many of these products are made.
Another weak link in the testing chain are the chemicals needed to put the patient's sample through a PCR machine to isolate bits of the virus and determine if the patient is infected.
"The supply chain for the clinical labs for actual tests is getting to be very constrained, to the point where we're probably literally days away from running out of key components," said Jim Woodgett, director of research at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute.
RIght now, most provincial labs are running at full capacity, with each PCR machine able to do about 96 tests every three to four hours. That's not fast enough.
Growing backlog
In Ontario, the backlog of tests is growing every day. The CBC's Mike Crawley reported on Tuesday that Ontario testing centres are sending about 3,000 tests per day to the labs. Yet those labs are only able to produce about 2,000 test results per day.
Right now, Ontario has more than 10,000 people waiting for results.
"We all would want more tests," said Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief medical officer, at a media briefing on Tuesday. "One has to recognize there's some flexibility that has to be provided depending on the circumstances, but we all want to up our capacity."

https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/covid19-testing-1.5509051
 

MindzEye

Wayward Ditch Pig
Brazil and other Latin America countries plus Mexico not reporting any numbers ?
Spoke to a couple of people in Mexico today. Not good in Guadalajara, PV, and Veracruz. Very few "confirmed" cases, but kind of a growing awareness about a lot of people catching something similar to pneumonia.

Mexico has made the choice that they can't sacrifice the economy the way the wealthy countries can, they just haven't phrased it quite like that in public. Mexico aggressively shut shit down during the swine flu outbreak and regretted it in the end, so they appear to have decided to not make the same mistake twice. Expect big numbers to come out of there. It took us a little bit, but we've got our family in line with how serious this is and thankfully they're able to lock the doors and ride this out for a few months if need be.
 

leaffan2005

Well-known member
Seriously this situation has made me so thankful to live in this country. It's not like Canada has dealt with this perfectly but compared to some other places in the world (namely our neighbors in the south), the level of action and compassion from our leaders has been by and large excellent.
 

zeke

Well-known member
Seriously this situation has made me so thankful to live in this country. It's not like Canada has dealt with this perfectly but compared to some other places in the world (namely our neighbors in the south), the level of action and compassion from our leaders has been by and large excellent.
And our fellow citizens too, which in the end is most important. Canadians aren't fucking around.
 

aniablue

Well-known member
Ridiculous way of dealing with it. Ebola and Aids which I waded deep into, had way bigger teeth than this stupid virus.

Aids should have killed every pro athlete, whether they were married or not. Not one died.

Magic Johnson contracted and that shill is still alive.

Pat Border and our hall of fame second baseman. Had fun 6-8 times a day

DId they close the NBA after a guy declared he had AIDS. Nah. wasn't time.
 

leaffan2005

Well-known member
Ridiculous way of dealing with it. Ebola and Aids which I waded deep into, had way bigger teeth than this stupid virus.

Aids should have killed every pro athlete, whether they were married or not. Not one died.

Magic Johnson contracted and that shill is still alive.
Ban?

At this point I think it's time.
 
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