Worldwide, since the turn of the century, we had 3 significant pandemics: Sars, Mers & H1N1. When we look at South Korea, with utmost certainty they have learned the lessons of the earlier pandemics. The situation is different for Europe and the USA, were just up to the COVID – 19 pandemic, we were fortunate to escape the worst effects of the pandemics. It is time now to realize that we live in an age of coronavirus and prepare for the future and future pandemic threats.
All sectors have been rapidly changing and adjusting practices over the recent weeks in hopes of avoiding the spread of the Coronavirus and to ensure full compliance with social distancing, as well as trying to manage ‘’ home working’’ and having a contingency plan on when/if an employee tests positive for COVID – 19.
For OSH experts, such as professionals in the sector or consultants, its vital to consider if the pandemic will return as a second spike, will pass quickly, or will have another visit next winter, as many studies (University of Basel or Stockholm) suggest.
Health experts are stressing, still, the importance of social distancing. This means keeping 2 meters apart as much as possible, but particularly if in close contact for 15 minutes or more. Close contact does not mean just direct contact. Two hours in an enclosed space such as a room can be also considered close contact, thus office work will be hard to police and manage. Experts are directing employers to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre’s website (www.hpsc.ie) for guidance in this regard.
Will the above be a norm in the future? Will remote working & home working a subsequent consequence of the pandemic? The future challenge is to prepare for future pandemics and a notable rise in home working.
The Erdogan regime forbids children from drawing rainbows on the grounds that it corrupts them to become gay.
The state apparatus in Turkey has found a new reason to hate the LGBT community, namely the rainbows drawn by children and hung on the windows. Officials in Turkey apparently ordered school principals to ban children from drawing rainbows and displaying them in windows, for fear that it was a community effort to make children gay, Business Insider reports.
It all started with pandemic control measures. Schools moved to distance learning classes. According to Al-Monitor, a US-based press publication covering the Middle East, the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art asked students on March 28 to draw rainbows and hang them on windowsills to showed the “miracle of nature” and to “spread hope” during the pandemic.
Egitim-Sen, a teachers’ union, says education leaders have told school principals to ban children from participating in the museum project, arguing that the drawings are a plot to make children gay, according to Al-Monitor.
It is the latest incident in which Turkish officials use the pandemic to continue their anti-LGBT messages.
Japan: A magnitude 9 earthquake, “imminent threat”?
Northern Japan could be struck by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake capable of causing a devastating tsunami, with waves reaching 30 meters, almost as big as those that hit the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in 2011, writes the publication “Japan Times”.
The Japanese prefectures of Hokkaido and Iwate, located in the northern part of the country, would suffer the most from an earthquake with a magnitude of 9.0 which, according to the worst case scenario, is “imminent”, writes the Japanese publication.
These forecasts were presented on Tuesday, April 28, in a government meeting. Experts believe that the epicenter of the future earthquake will be in the area where the faults of Japan and the Kuril Islands meet.
Specialists also say that the earthquake could cause a tsunami with waves of 30 meters high. Sediment analysis shows that in the last 6,000 years, huge waves have repeatedly flooded the coastal territories of seven prefectures in the country.
Given that on March 11, 2011, the 9.0 magnitude earthquake, which was accompanied by a tsunami with waves of 30 meters, left more than 18,500 dead and missing, a comparable tsunami would have terrible consequences.
“An earthquake of this category would be difficult to manage by raising a coastal dam”, say specialists. To save lives, the basic policy would be an evacuation”, said Kenji Satake, a seismologist at the University of Tokyo.
On March 11, 2011, a huge tsunami hit the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, disrupting the emergency power supply and its cooling system, after which the fuel melting in three reactors caused contamination of large areas around the plant. About 470,000 people were evacuated from their homes in the early days. The plant was finally shut down at the end of 2013, but decontamination continues today.
TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has suggested that coronavirus testing will be ramped up next week with the criteria for getting a test set to be expanded.
TAOISEACH warned it could result in a new backlog.
The information came after the Dáil was told that there is capacity to do 10,000 tests a day but at this stage just 5,000 test a day are carried out.
Mr Varadkar said the HSE has capacity to do 10,000 tests-a-day in testing centres.
He said hospitals are doing 1,500 tests for patients and staff and the National Ambulance Service has also ramped up to 1,500-a-day.
Mr Varadkar has said testing criteria have changed over the course of the pandemic and most likely “they will change several times”.
He said initially it was anyone with symptoms and then this changed in line with WHO advice to people who had a fever as well as a respiratory symptom.
He said the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) intend to widen the criteria again and it could advise on that as early as tomorrow with a view to the changes being implemented next week to test more people.
However, Mr Varadkar said he has to be honest with people that there’s “an inherent risk of widening the testing criteria that we may find ourselves overwhelmed and running into problems with backlogs… all over again.”
Mr Varadkar said that until a few weeks ago the international advice was that testing asymptomatic people was that it wasn’t useful because the viral load would be so low the test would be negative for people who had the coronavirus.
He said that advice has now changed and said that Ireland is one of the few countries in the world testing asymptomatic patients in nursing homes where there’s been an outbreak.
He said:”we were always testing symptomatic patients, both in the community and the nursing homes all along.”
Bernie Sanders Has Betrayed The Left By Formally Endorsing Biden.
Bernie Sanders has officially endorsed Joe Biden. This doesn’t come as a shock, as many conservatives were expecting him to endorse Biden, once he suspended his presidential campaign.
The endorsement of Joe Biden is seen as a major betrayal of left, even though Sanders emulated his 2016 campaign when he endorsed Hillary Clinton.
The far left are raging and are adamant, they refuse to vote for Biden.
The move from Bernie was predictable and somewhat expected. Not only did he endorse Hillary Clinton in 2016, but he said he would absolutely support the eventual Democratic Party nominee, thus betraying his voters.
Bernie or Bust is here and out in force so in all likelihood we are looking at a Trump 2020 landslide, as predicted.