Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Toronto Has A Viral Public Relations Problem
Now they are saying 88 total, with 16 deaths (6 more!) but they also claim they have no new cases:
Seventy residents of the Seven Oaks Home for the Aged in the city's east end were infected along with 13 employees and five visitors, David McKeown, Toronto's medical officer of health, said in a statement today on Canada NewsWire.This is a classic example of how not to reassure the public, because it is clear either that officials can't count or that officials are lying in an attempt to reassure the public.
``The six new deaths are not new cases,'' McKeown said. ``All of these elderly individuals had been previously identified as cases and had underlying medical conditions.''
There haven't been any new reported cases in the past 24 hours, McKeown said in the statement.
So now we have an infected count of 70 residents (out of about 250), 13 employees (1 more than yesterday) and five visitors (3 more than yesterday). Six new deaths for a total of 16. The death rate of 16/88 is at 18%. That is unusual even for a nursing home, and one employee is reported to have died.
Just today I was reading a post of SC&A's about how the extremists on the left and the right make a mistake about people:
The ideologues in this country, on either side of the aisle, will never really have their way, because of one fatal flaw they share.I guess you better add the Canadian health department to the list, SC&A!
They believe, with the fervor of the self intoxicated, that we are stupid. The hard Right, the hard Left, and every version thereof, believe that we need them to tell us when to come in from the rain and not step into unidentifiable biological material. The ideologues believe that only they are capable of cognitive and rational thought.
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