A Few More Great Reads

News: PPE supply chains, a positive note from Canada's ICUs, and COVID-19 in developing countries

At the Home Front, we understand it is important for you to stay informed about how to deal with the stress of the Coronavirus outbreak, know how to go about supporting others, learn about related issues, and so on. This blog post provides summaries of four articles we believe are important to read to help you stay informed!


  • "That is a surprise": Doctors still waiting for feared surge of COVID-19 patients in Canadian ICUs
  • The National Post, April 11, 2020

    Flattening the curve has been a key theme since the coronavirus started dominating the news, with Italy serving as a dire warning of what happens when medical systems become overwhelmed. 


    But reports from the frontlines at Toronto and Quebec hospitals are showing that things are not as bad as they could be. Their ICUs are not at capacity, and they’re not seeing as many cases as they feared. It could be that the worst is yet to come, but it appears that stay-at-home directives are doing their job, and people should continue to follow them.     




  • Canada building its own PPE network in China
    CBC, April 13, 2020

  • Canadian officials are partnering with diplomats and consultants in China, a warehouse in Shanghai, and two of Canada's airlines to establish a more dependable supply of personal protective equipment amid global shortages. 



    1. Video: Inside The Jump By Ford And GM Into Making Lifesaving Ventilators

    Forbes, April 11, 2020


    Ford and GM are just a couple of large companies that are pivoting to produce life-saving equipment, in this case, ventilators. The ingenuity and level of commitment are certainly commendable, but there is also concern that it may be too late, or that the ventilators won’t meet medical standards.  

     


  • The coronavirus is a ticking time bomb for the world’s displaced people
    Fast Company, April 15, 2020
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    The most fortunate are sheltering in place, but the challenges faced in developing countries are astounding. While New York’s medical system was overwhelmed, Venezuela has only 84 ICU beds and a population of 32 million, to cite one example. Read this to get a high-level sense of what the most fragile medical systems in the world are dealing with.