Are governments, institutions losing trust during COVID-19 Pandemic?
Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte has given shoot-to-kill orders to army and police when dealing with protesters who have been claiming they have no food during the 48 million person, military-imposed lock down of the Philippines’ Luzon Island.
The US State Department commingled 14 Covid-19 infected patients with hundreds of healthy persons from the Diamond Princess docked at Daikoku Pier in the Japanese port of Yokohama in mid February. This had a very bad outcome that may have spread the disease to thousands,
Forty three persons consequently became instantly infected by SARS-CoV-2 as a probable result of that 747-cargo plane flight.
The World Health Organisation which was unprepared for a pandemic is blaming Asian mask wearers for the deaths of nurses and doctors whose government has not supplied them with personal protective equipment. People are becoming infected because of the confusion caused by the World Health Organisation about wearing masks, something most Asians have done for two decades “and have drawers full of masks” notes a Filipino nanny working in Hong Kong.
Canada has failed to “test-treat-trace” as per the World Health Organisation’s medical directive. Many health related and human rights groups are worried there may be a very bad outcome. Meanwhile the country’s most populous province has apparently misplaced 55 million N95 masks that were stockpiled in preparation for SARS-2.
Ontario was slammed hard by the first SARS epidemic. The provincial health ministry says the stockpiled masks were past their expiry but the manufacturers told FPMag that the masks were safe to use except “some might have trouble with certain elastic straps that may break too easily”.
“In any case, they are gone,” says the Ontario Health Coalition’s executive director in a phone interview.
A representative of The Nurses Without Borders says their group is extremely worried about the cavalier attitude North American officials have taken to the “dire warnings of China and the World Health Organisation, both of which, despite minor missteps, have done an exemplary job in managing the epidemic with the medical directive of ‘test-treat-trace’.” Their warning in February and updated in March has turned out to have been very accurate.
In a matter of a few days, the uncontrolled epidemic in the United States and in Canada is taking lives at an unprecedented rate.
“55 Million N95 masks stockpiled in Ontario have disappeared,” according to Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition.
“But Ontario officials are evasive when asked about the masks. They say they had expired,” she added.
The Ontario Health Coalition boasts some 500 thousand members who are medical practitioners, patients, concerned citizens and interested persons.
The group is very concerned about the lack of adherence in Ontario, Canada to the extremely successful ‘test-treat-trace’ WHO directive for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Is Ontario still planning to follow the World Health Organisation’s advice that underlines the importance of testing and tracking, or has it simply abandoned it?” queried Natalie Mehra, executive director of the health coalition.
“We have held back from raising questions as the government was ramping up capacity and testing but it has been several weeks now and our province is still far behind where we should be. At this point, we are questioning whether there is a plan to test and track, and if so, when will testing criteria be loosened so that more people can access testing? Who will be prioritised? What is our province’s goal? How quickly can our province catch up to the goal?” — Natalie Mehra Ontario Health Coalition
The ‘test-treat-trace’ protocol is also a medical directive of Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, an Ethiopian politician and academic who has been Director-General of the World Health Organization since 2017.
Ontario Nurses’ Association president Vicki McKenna also raised the alarm when she told Reuters in early March that, “We believe that there is a supply problem but government officials will not confirm supply.”
She also said, “This question is asked at every meeting with [Ontario] ministry officials.”
What did the world learn from SARS-CoV-1
From Harvard University Magazine by Jonathon Shaw
The first Canadian case went undetected: a 78-year-old woman who had stayed in the Metropole on February 21, nearly two weeks before, died at her home back in Canada. The official cause of death was a heart attack. But that proved to be a complication of SARS, which she had unwittingly passed on to four family members. Two days later, on March 7, the woman’s son appeared in the emergency room of a hospital in Scarborough with a cough, fever, and difficulty breathing. Though quickly isolated when a doctor suspected tuberculosis, the man had already passed the virus to three other people while waiting 18 to 20 hours to be seen. A week later, one of them returned to the hospital after suffering a heart attack. Although that victim’s contact with the woman’s son (who died the very same day) was already known, the patient’s symptoms were not thought to be pneumonia-like, and he was transferred to another hospital.
There he infected more than 50 people. How many they infected we do not know.
Social Media posts from the Philippines almost looked like an Insurrection.
FPMag has received videos of paramilitary and military groups beating women on their doorsteps for doing their cooking on their portable propane stoves, which among the poor is a luxury but dangerous indoors in homes with straw roofs. Hence the women cook just outside their home.
In other cases, teens have been placed in animal cages after being beaten. (see video).
Food is next to impossible to obtain in the provinces of the Philippines if you are not a VIP, notes several witnesses FPMag spoke with. Half the country has been locked down apparently by force under the military junta of Rodrigo Duterte.
Amnesty international has published terse warnings to the Philippines Government.
“The abusive methods used to punish those accused of breaching quarantine and the vast number of mass arrests that have been carried out to date, against mainly poor people, are further examples of the oppressive approach the government takes against those struggling with basic needs.
“This includes the violent police dispersal of residents of San Roque, Quezon City who were protesting the lack of relief support from the local government. The violent police response to calls for help is heartless and unjustifiable, especially while millions of Filipinos are prevented from earning a living.
“We call on the President to immediately cease his dangerous incitement to violence against those critical of the government during the COVID-19 pandemic. The local government must initiate a dialogue with residents and deliver much-needed relief especially to the poorest communities.
“We also urge the concerned agencies to investigate members of the police that resorted to disproportionate violence, release San Roque residents under arrest and conduct a probe into the broader incident. The lives of those most at risk must be considered a priority, in the effort to minimize the threat of the virus.” Amnesty International
Duterte warned his killers that they needed to claim that their lives were in danger.
“It seems more than just extraordinary,” says Simon Baldock, a security analyst with a private security group, “that the armed forces of the Philippines are so eager to shoot and kill their own countrymen. That is normally unthinkable under a military code of conduct, except maybe ISIS, but in the Philippines where there has been an estimated 36,000 extrajudicial killings since 1 July of 2016, the government is more dangerous to the public than the corona virus pandemic.”
“This may explain,” comments Baldock, “why Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has booted the Americans out of the country. The American code of military conduct would be the wrong culture for what Duterte and his henchmen use the nation’s also-corrupt military.”
Philippines Whistleblower condemns WHO COVID-19 test sets being used as VIP Perks by Duterte and his Department of Health.
According to a whistleblower’s list of dozens of persons including Imelda Marcos and her daughter, Rodrigo Duterte and Philippines government officials and their families stand first in line for the rare few coronavirus tests while doctors and nurses die without ever getting their test results back because the single lab in the country was told to process VIPs first.
One official, Jonvic Remulla, a provincial governor who saw his name in the leaked list tweeted “there’s a protocol and triage algorithm set by DOH that I may have skipped. I take full responsibility if you think I took advantage of my position.”
World Health Organization slams Asian mask wearers and blames them for deaths of nurses and doctors
“The World Health organisation took aim at Asian mask wearers and reprehensibly claimed they are killing nurses and doctors,” says Karinna Angeles, a Filipino nurse who describes a video made by a woman under the World Health organisation banner.
“I was a Philippines overseas foreign worker (OFW) in a hospital in China and I socialised with fellow OFWs but I still saw that everyone was wearing masks when on public transit or just walking down the street. For many, the issue was pollution,” noted the Filipino frontliner.
“In Hong Kong,” she continued, “my supervisor told me that people have been wearing masks since the first SARS outbreak. It’s part of the culture she told us. We all bought a box of nice looking, good fitting N95 masks in 2018. We match.”
In North America, the N95s are on the work bench.
- Frontliners will not worry about PPE if there are no cases. Prevent yourself being the next case.
- SARS-CoV-2 is in the air and may be in your cough as well.
- This should concern everyone. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness. Wear a respirator mask.
- The virus that causes COVID-19 is in the air—sometimes on its own and sometimes in droplets of moisture.
N95 masks come with grinders, sanders, circular saws, body filler sanders. They are worn by construction workers, welders, carpenters and mechanics as well as do-it-yourselfers. Check your handy-person’s work bench.
Doctors and nurses do not normally wear the N95 masks manufactured for the industrial sector. But if a mask is N95 stamped with NIOSH approval, it’s what one needs for a trip to the grocery store. Why? Because when a group of people with respiratory illness congregate in most buildings, they distribute their virus load throughout the closed-in space.
Take a lesson from the spread of COVID-119 in Hubei’s Hospitals
“There is ample evidence to indicate that patients and workers in our hospitals spread the disease in the air,” says Sara Qin, a registered nurse working in Wuhan, Hubei Province in the People’s Republic of China. “By now”, she says, she has lost many colleagues to the novel coronavirus.
“Early-stage infected workers with the SARS-2 coronavirus at the first part of the outbreak aerosolized the SARS-CoV-2 virus and coughed it into the air without realizing. The coughing is unproductive and incontrolable. It’s not gobs of sputum, its clusters of virus loads,” the Chinese nurse continued.
The movement of air took over.
“The gathering of so many people with a high-mortality respiratory disease fed the distributed air in the buildings and delivered hefty loads to anyone not breathing through a respirator. It is the worst communicable disease nightmare,” says nurse Qin.
“Once we realized this, after some 500 workers showed symptoms in the first five days I can remember, we kept our masks and goggle on and to stop going to the toilet we wore adult diapers. We wore masks when scrubbing or changing, because it was in the air. It was like we were in space and knew if a mask came off we might die.” Many did, she added.
The very political WHO owes the people of the world a very humble apology.
The World Health Organization has dropped the ball. No matter how much Dr. Tedros criticizes the governments of various countries, Tedros is the new guy at WHO and he needs to do some corporate introspection. But there is no doubt that Dr. Tedros emphatically warned the world to be prepared for the pandemic. How many masks did your government buy at that time three months ago?
Newcomer Tedros’ organization had the last 17 years to prepare for SARS-2. It did not. It made all kinds of prognostications and promises at the time. But in this day, WHO does not have the personal protection equipment inventoried for the current or any pandemic.
And by no country or entity was a vaccine ever produced for SARS or MERS, similar coronaviruses to the SARS-CoV-2 causing the current COVID-19 pandemic.
“Let’s be honest, notes Michele Francis, a nurse practitioner running community clinics in the Amazon Basin of Venezuela, “Dr. Tedros could not have been more explicit with his warnings to get prepared for the coming pandemic, months ago.”
Mistakes are made and lessons are learned, but risking the public’s well being to dodge a political bullet is reprehensible. If any citizen has a mask and must go to a store for groceries, wear the fit-tested mask. Watch the video done by our sisters in Singapore.
The life-saving N95 mask fits tightly around the face and filters 95% of airborne particles, like viruses larger than .3 microns, which other protective equipment such as surgical masks/spit barriers can’t do.
COVID-19-vulnerable persons, for example infants and male adult seniors must not enter confined areas where people are gathered, like crowded stores, under any circumstances. One mistake and a bit of bad luck and you are going to be very ill from a disease that was preventable. Stay home.
Many grocery stores now limit the number of persons who can shop at one time. This is still a hazardous environment. Wear a proper mask, fit tested, for the occasion if you simply cannot order online. If you do not have such a mask, do some shopping pooling with someone who does.
Because of what The Nurses Without Borders have shared with FPMag, from experiences in many countries, there is a string of indications that community spread in confined spaces like grocery stores, cruise ships, airliners, buses, hospitals and clinics drives a certain portion of the current corona virus pandemic.
It obviously makes sense that SARS-COV-2 is in the air in confined spaces because COVID-19 is a respiratory disease.
Protect your lungs from SARS-CoV-2 regardless of what anyone tells you.
- Always wear a properly fitted mask in high infection risk areas, like the bedroom of an infected person under care. Also use some kind of eye protection. SARS-CoV-2 is penetrating eyes as well as other membranes.
- Never ever touch your face in any manner whatsoever with unclean hands
- Wash your hands and all surfaces surrounding you with soap, often, and both before and after touching anything. Soap is all you need.
WARNING: Like all safety equipment, if a person misuses devices, they are a danger to themselves and to others. Learn the procedures set out in our instructional videos and practice fit testing before ever entering an area where any kind of contagion may be present.
To avert burdens on the health care system, don’t get sick. And yes, wear a proper mask like the one shown above when entering high-infection risk environments like crowded stores during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The mask below, the public should not be wearing as a protective device because it is intended as a spittle barrier between medical workers and their patient. It does not protect the wearer in any reasonable manner. If you have illness, stay home.
If you are sick, with a fever unresponsive to antipyretics, unrelenting dry cough, and maybe other symptoms, go to bed. Do not go out.
The WHO is suggesting drink plenty of fluids, get plenty of rest. Eat nutritious meals, take all your normally prescribed medications until you get advice from your physician, and avoid stress as best you can.
Statistically, most people survive COVID19 in good form. A person having breathing difficulty knows when they have a problem. It’s like being being able to say one word at a time, breathing is so difficult. It’s time to go to the hospital and get some help for your lungs. Call the emergency operator in your area and get the process started.
No Mask, No Entry
“Don’t let the World Health Organization and others shame you into believing you are killing frontline medical workers by wearing an N-95 mask when you are the designated shopper for your family, leaving your quarantined home, going to the market every week or two,” says FPMag health care advisor Michele Francis, a nurse practitioner leading three clinics and a faith-based hospital in the Amazon Basin of Venezuela.
Exceptional governments are well equipped for the current pandemic. The governments of Germany, Taiwan, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and China have set the gold standard for caring for their communities with robust ‘test – treat – trace’ regimes as prescribed by Dr. Tedros of the World Health Organization.
Most governments are not prepared. Italy and the United States are demonstrating the cost of a lackadaisical attitude toward the prior warnings from Dr. Tedros. Both are responding in the best way possible, but it looks like they are running after a bus that left, hence what they have done to their nations by not ramping up test, treat and tracking efforts from the early outset has a huge cost in lives.
WHO‘s rant is about blaming and shaming mask-wearers as if they are responsible, as it is implied in some of their videos, for killing nurses and doctors. That too is reprehensible.
The World Health organisation is trying to control the message in every way possible to avert attention from its own politics and its own abysmal failure in not being ready for the return of SARS.
In Asia and elsewhere where Asians live, like Canada, every household has masks. It is very much part of the culture. In Asia the air is filled with the exhaust from the West’s offshore manufacturing plants and the seas and their shores are filled with the West’s plastics and stinking garbage. For two decades, Asians have been wearing masks.
Masks are for VIPs only?
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