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Tv Very few suppliers of these around the world ever seen anything quite like the situation coming into the United States where the White House orders three am. Stop exporting these masks and then there has to be back. Channel negotiations with various levels of government to create this deal so that some of these masks can be sent to Canada. Well you know. We're learning a lot about medicine and science this but we're learning a lot more about politics. The politics of this are are beyond the Pale and some of the stuff coming out of the. Us like the masks business is just a a shocking example and thankfully I think that will turn out but the threat of holding back old medical equipment from the rest of the world and keeping it for the US. I think that sent a shudder through much of the world. And I think it's GonNa Change the industries that drug industry the medical supply industry after this is GonNa be become very very different. It's not going to be centered in the US anymore again. There was this conversation that was a couple of weeks ago. It seems like time moves on very quickly but around the idea of vaccine whether this vaccine it was created in Germany could be bought by the United States and only be available is that there's a precedent that could be set for the fight for supplies. Whatever they happen to be whether it's food for example whether it's medicines whether it's medical equipment in the midst of this pandemic well absolutely I think these discussions are forcing us to think about who who gets what and where. And when and how do you don't do the spoils go to the richest to the most powerful? Those were the best army with the best manufacturing capacity. These are really really big questions. This pandemic is forcing us to think about that. You know we had these discussions one hundred years ago during the the great influenza. There's a lot of this geopolitical posturing and You know it was a time right after the war and we're seeing that again that kind of complex geopolitics on the other side of that. We keep talking about the unprecedented collaboration between researchers and some pharmaceutical companies. When it comes to trying to figure out a treatment for this there's a piece in the paper this morning at talking about this experimental treatment. That's happening here. Canada blood transfusion experts working to create this antibody plasma and injecting it from patients who have already recovered from the virus into those who are still infected. What's The promise there as you understand it? Yeah so really. Exciting Science but science. It's almost hundreds of years old so this notion that Once you get sick from something you develop. Antibodies so you become immune so therefore can we take your blood with the antibodies? Give it to someone else. And then confer immunity on them. Essentially it's the same ideas vaccine. That's what we do with the vaccine as we Make people think they make the body's immune system think that they have a disease then they develop. Antibodies said another way of doing that trying to transfused antibodies. So it's exciting. But of course it has to be tested We don't know if it'll work out of the danger here is again that people take this. Gospel they start taking blood than injecting. It in each other You know that that's the danger of this stuff in the modern world wants things got the Internet. People take this. I'm going to do this and it really has to be tested. In the meantime the fight continues and we're hearing yesterday that three more people died at the Pine Crest Nursing Home in Bob Cajun Ontario more than twenty five residents died there thus far you had a call in last week that got a lot of attention and you said that if you can you should get your relatives out of long term care. Why did you say that? I said that multi as a way of sparking discussion to make people realize just how serious things can be once. This illness gets into a nursing. Home it's really really devastating. We see the example of Pine Crest. Twenty seven dead. One in three residents died in the home There's one this morning in suburban Montreal one hundred five residents in a single holmer infected This is really. It spreads like wildfire among an elderly population. That's at risk so I think it was mostly to say listen. You have to be aware of the risks to your loved ones. And I didn't make the provocative statement and a geriatrician also did saying if you can get people out but of course the if is really important we have to recognize that most people in in long term care not able to to leave they have a seventy percent and dementia. Many of them are incontinent. have mobility issues reasons. That people can't leave but those people are relatively healthy and get out of those situations if their families can help them. That'll release the pressure and the reality is that their homes coaling people begging them. Can you come and get your loved ones? We can't handle it anymore People are not getting their showers. People are getting spend sandwiches for the meals because there's no kitchen stuff. There's a real profound staffing problem in these that existed before and The pandemic has exacerbated to sometimes a deadly degree. What did you hear back from people? And how did you respond because I know that as you said it was a provocative statement but I know that people also responded enforce. Well how did? How did you respond to that? And what did you hear? Well there was a lot of anger you know. How dare you say this? You're making us feel guilty or loved ones have to be there and I. I recognize that you know there could have been more nuance in the comments. And then there's the other people who said I'm glad you told me this I was on defense I took my loved one or two weeks ago and I'm so glad I did. So I I would say mostly anger and that's okay. You don't people are That's what newspaper columnist get. Sometimes they have to own what they say and when there's a lack of nuance that you get it from your readers and that's what does it say but to your point. The general state of long term care I mean it it. It becomes Exacerbated perhaps in the midst of the pandemic like this but but there's a larger story around long-term care was a much larger story and I think it's like all stories dirty complex. A lot of people get fabulous care. We can't forget that but the staff is. It's despite the system not because of that and that's to be the real tragedy. We underpaid and overworked people in these homes perverse degree and a lot of this has been studied. You know we had an inquiry and Antero after the wet law for inquiry after a nurse killed many residents and that really exposed a lot of these problems and they were supposed to be addressed. And they were. And we're going to have another inquiry and they're gonNa tell us that we have to fix the staffing problem. It's really profound. And it's not fair to the people who work in these homes that people live there so we really have to address that and it's unfortunate that we didn't do it before because it's it's left people vulnerable and open to disablement. Just finally we are hearing. We hear this every week. It seems like that this is a critical week. This is going to be a very difficult week. There were some positive. I say in quotation marks almost but some positive A numbers that seem to come out of British Columbia perhaps Some positivity coming out of Quebec is where are we at do you think in this? Yes so this crucial period is all about You know the next couple of weeks. It's because all the travelers are virtually. All the travelers have been home for a couple of weeks. We have a sense of that. So now we're really getting a sense. It is this spreading in the community. And if so how much and why? This period is so crucial. It's to tell us of all these sacrifices. We're making all this social distancing is it working and as you said there's some small clues it only a little bit and little bit in Alberta some small clues it yet is working now. That doesn't mean that the pandemic is going to end from one day to the next. But what we're seeing is sort of a decrease in the increase or seeing a lesser number of cases day to day so BECA nine hundred new cases. One Day. It had eight hundred the next day. Now that's not great but it is a sign of progress and BBC is seeing even better. Numbers are seeing a little bit of flattening. The question now is can we maintain that we get lax? You know if we start telling people it's looking good. Throw off the masks and off we go to the park and to the shopping centre etc. So it's getting that balance of Making people stick to these really difficult measures in some cases because they're going to get a greater benefiting in a few more weeks hundred great to speak with you as always and we'll chat again. Thank you thank you. Andre Picard global meals health columnist. And we'll check back in with him in the weeks ahead. You know that this is a health crisis. It's also an economic crisis. Three million Canadians more than three million Canadians have applied for income aid In the wake of this pandemic you've a lot of questions I know about money right now. Questions like what happened to my retirement savings. What happened to the money? I lost in the stock market. How do I pay tuition if I can't get a summer job? I have maxed all my credit cards and I still have bill pay. What am I supposed to do about making ends meet? We would like to hear your money questions. 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