Pandemic moment

An FNC Pandemic Moment

Hey guys,

If there is a bright side to this temporary madness called self-isolation, it’s that it gives us time to reflect and appreciate some of the things that we have been taking for granted for far too long.

For over thirty years, Pete and I have been blessed to share our love for fishing and the great outdoors with Canadians coast to coast every Saturday morning as hosts of the Fish’n Canada Show. We owe this privilege to you, our loyal fans; you truly are our extended family, a family that is now four generations deep.

But none of this would have been possible if not for another group of family members, our tremendous corporate partners. We sometimes forget that without them, there is no Fish’n Canada Show.

So, for the next few weeks, as we endure this lockdown imposed on us by COVID-19, we are going to produce little video tributes like this one as our way of saying thanks to our sponsors and advertisers, who are all suffering through this pandemic with us.

We humbly ask you to share these videos with as many people as you can and, if possible, even reach out to these loyal Fish’n Canada partners. Let them know that you appreciate their support of the outdoors and Fish’n Canada. Sometimes a little goes a long way.

Thank you, and stay safe.

4 Replies to “An FNC Pandemic Moment”

  1. The age of “Pandemic Pandemonium” and “Persnickety Personification” is now upon us all. Hunkered down in our abodes, locked in a war with an invisible but deadly enemy. Our day to day domicilliary life style thrown into an ugly state of viral perseverate. – W.H.O. ya gonna call when it comes for you? – Bad boy! Bad boy!

    FACT : The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) previously applied a six-stage classification to describe the process by which a novel influenza virus moves from the first few infections in humans through to a pandemic. It starts when mostly animals are infected with a virus and a few cases where animals infect people, then moves to the stage where the virus begins to be transmitted directly between people and ends with the stage when infections in humans from the virus have spread worldwide. In February 2020, a WHO spokesperson clarified that “there is no official category (for a pandemic)”.

    What!? Did they say there is no official category for a pandemic. Geez Alou! We are in trouble!

    In a virtual press conference in May 2009 on the influenza pandemic, Dr. Keiji Fukuda, Assistant Director-General ad interim for Health Security and Environment, WHO said “An easy way to think about pandemic … is to say: a pandemic is a global outbreak. Then you might ask yourself: ‘What is a global outbreak?’ Global outbreak means that we see both spread of the agent … and then we see disease activities in addition to the spread of the virus.”

    Severity and what we are actually dealing with at this time :

    In 2014 the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adopted the Pandemic Severity Assessment Framework (P.S.A.F.) to assess the severity of pandemics. The P.S.A.F. superseded the 2007 linear Pandemic Severity Index, which assumed 30% spread and measured case fatality rate (C.F.R) to assess the severity and evolution of the pandemic.

    Historically, measures of pandemic severity were based on the case fatality rate. However, the case fatality rate might not be an adequate measure of pandemic severity during a pandemic response because:

    1) Deaths may lag several weeks behind cases, making the case fatality rate an underestimate.

    2) The total number of cases may not be known, making the case fatality rate an overestimate.

    3) A single case fatality rate for the entire population may obscure the effect on vulnerable sub-populations, such as children, the elderly, those with chronic conditions, and members of certain racial and ethnic minorities.

    4)Fatalities alone may not account for the full effects of the pandemic, such as absenteeism or demand on healthcare services.

    To account for the limitations of measuring the case fatality rate alone, the P.S.A.F. rates severity of a disease outbreak on two dimensions: clinical severity of illness in infected persons; and the transmissibility of the infection in the population. Each dimension can be measured using more than one metric, which are scaled to allow comparison of the different metrics. Clinical severity can instead be measured, for example, as the ratio of deaths to hospitalizations or using genetic markers of virulence. Transmissibility can be measured, for example, as the basic reproduction number R0 and serial interval or via underlying population immunity. The framework gives guidelines for scaling the various measures and examples of assessing past pandemics using the framework.

    The basic strategies in the control of an outbreak are containment and mitigation. Containment may be undertaken in the early stages of the outbreak, including contact tracing and isolating infected individuals to stop the disease from spreading to the rest of the population, other public health interventions on infection control, and therapeutic countermeasures such as vaccinations which may be effective if available. When it becomes apparent that it is no longer possible to contain the spread of the disease, management will then move on to the mitigation stage, in which measures are taken to slow the spread of the disease and mitigate its effects on society and the healthcare system. In reality, containment and mitigation measures may be undertaken simultaneously.

    A key part of managing an infectious disease outbreak is trying to decrease the epidemic peak, known as “flattening the epidemic curve”. This helps decrease the risk of health services being overwhelmed, and provides more time for a vaccine and treatment to be developed. A broad group of the so-called non-pharmaceutical interventions may be taken to manage the outbreak. In a flu pandemic, these actions may include: personal preventive measures such as hand hygiene, wearing face-masks, and self-quarantine; community measures aimed at social distancing such as closing schools and cancelling mass gatherings; community engagement to encourage acceptance and participation in such interventions; and environmental measures such as cleaning of surfaces.

    Another strategy, suppression, requires more extreme long-term non-pharmaceutical interventions so as to reverse the pandemic by reducing the basic reproduction number to less than 1. The suppression strategy, which includes stringent population-wide social distancing, home isolation of cases, and household quarantine, was undertaken by China during the Corona Virus pandemic where entire cities were placed under lock down, but such strategy carries with it considerable social and economic costs.

    In retrospect our day to day domicilliary life style is thrown into an ugly state of viral perseverate. – So, W.H.O. are ya gonna call when it comes for you? – Bad boy! Bad boy!
    Giving a call out and SPONSORING all our brave front line workers, should be everyone’s priority!

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