Posts Tagged ‘life’

India Keeps COVID-19 Numbers Low

In COVID-19, Epidemic, Flatten The Curve, Social Distancing, Uncategorized, World Health on March 22, 2020 at 12:22 pm

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India continues to report only a small number of COVID-19 cases. Interesting because the population of India is over 1.3 billion. Has anyone ever seen a picture from anywhere in India that didn’t show huge crowds of people? Their population alone dictates that their numbers should be a lot higher.

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Would you be shocked to learn India is performing fewer COVID-19 tests than any other country in Asia, if not the entire world?

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India’s policy has been only to test travellers who have visited COVID-19 affected countries. If a patient is ill with coronavirus symptoms, as long as they hadn’t been outside the country in the previous few weeks, it is still only considered a “suspect case”.  Even in cases where a patient is on a ventilator,  and on their deathbed, they are not isolated and there are no special protocols.  Doctors are losing it.

People who have been exposed to COVID-19 and have not presented symptoms are having their hands stamped with a government seal indicating that they are under quarantine. Personally, I don’t think it’s really doing anything other than freaking people out.

India’s attitude seems to be No Test = No Covid-19.

The Government of India website does have information on how to slow the spread of the virus, but it’s all quite odd.

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Then there is also this video with a cheerful little theme song, put out on youtube by the Government of India.

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Even with the Government of India posting such sobering  <insert eyeroll here> information online, citizens at large are responding to the outbreak in a variety of ways.  On one hand, you still have people sharing non-sensical cures and preventions like garlic water or hosting cow urine drinking events.

Thank whatever God you want for a team of PHD Students out of India who have been using actual science to look for solutions. They created a brand new and less invasive test for the COVID-19 virus, that is better, cheaper and faster than the current one.

On Thursday, March 19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a curfew starting at 7 am Sunday, March 22. Problem; it ends at 9 pm the same day.

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Delhi, has a slightly longer curfew that will start Monday, March 23 and last until March 31.

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Even so, the Government is handing out meals to large groups of people. So much for social distancing.

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While some areas have been locked down, others have not. The lockdowns are only in place for one week. The Indian Government has cancelled all visas. Existing visas have all been suspended. Yet, according to a Union Home Ministry notification, those visas have been extended. That mixed message has led to foreigners being kicked out of their accommodations and unable to leave the country.

Simultaneously, India is welcoming planeloads of ex-pats back into the country from places like Italy.

Some, (I would guess many)  in India are hoping that Modi’s Janata Curfew is just a trial run for a national lockdown to at least try and slow the spread the COVID-19 a little bit. Like something. Please.

As the rest of the world reacts to COVID-19 and the number of cases climbs day after day, many countries have closed borders and imposed various self-quarantine and social distancing rules. Everyone is looking hopefully at China since they made the claim that they have defeated COVID-19 after laying the hammer down.

Then we all shift our gaze to Italy and Spain allowing us a glimpse into our own futures. India should peer into that same crystal ball.


UPDATE March 24, 2020

India has announced a sudden and total lockdown of the entire country. President Modi said in a press conference today “If we are not able to manage this pandemic in the next 21 days, the country and your family will be setback by 21 years”.  Only the very essential businesses will remain open and interstate transit is suspended.




Bunk Bike Lane Continues!

In bitching, Bullshit Winnipeg on September 22, 2009 at 11:58 pm


Driving down King St. today, traffic was jammed so I turned off, and VOILA, the bike lane reappeared!

I put some thought into it and I think I figured out how it works. You must somehow materialize on your bike at Princess and Logan in the left hand lane. Ride merrily along for 3 blocks, then shimmy over to the right hand lane at Bannatyne and Princess so that you’ll be able to turn right on Bannatyne. Otherwise, you wind up trapped in the danger zone at Princess and McDermot. The best way I can think of to make this possible during rush hour, is to do it like that bike scene in E.T. where they all ride their bikes over the cars.

If you do make it to Bannatyne, the bike lane continues in the middle of the center driving lane and the right hand lane. When I went down there today at about 4 o’clock, there were quite a few cars either blocking the bike lane, driving in the bike lane or inching into the bike lane from their parking spots. So the message here is that you can get from Princess and Logan to Health Science Center on your bike, but be really, really careful.

Bunk Bike Lane

In Bullshit Winnipeg on September 21, 2009 at 10:24 pm


I keep wondering if there are hidden cameras on the new bike lane in downtown Winnipeg. It has to have been set up for some sort of sketch comedy or reality show. There is no way that it’s for real. If it’s not for a comedy show, then it must have been devised as a way to get rid of those pesky cyclists.

It all starts very suddenly at the corner of Princess and Logan. I laugh out loud every time I drive past it.

Picture yourself happily riding your bike to work in the right hand lane, when a bike lane magically appears on the opposite side of the street. Oh how nice! You scoonch over to the other side, avoiding rush hour traffic to arrive safely in the new bike lane and continue on your merry way. 4 or 5 blocks later, with no warning whatsoever, the bike lane comes to an abrupt halt and you are trapped on the left side of the intersection at McDermot and Princess. AAAAAAAAAA! Where do you go? What do you do? All the cars that are now in the same lane as you, are turning left, parked cars in front of you and all you can do is hop up onto the sidewalk and wait for the light to change so that you can cross the street and go back to the right hand side of the street from whence you came.

Too funny.