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Updates on SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 for Canadians and British Columbians


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Personal)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2020/03/14

1. Canada is the 22nd-highest infected nation. Top 5 are China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, and Spain. SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 (“SARS” means “Severe Acute Respiratory Disease”) is in 149 nations and territories now. There is no prevention, at this time, only mitigation, as the virus spread too fast with too little in the way of serious protocol and reaction on the part of the international community.
2. Canada has a total of 225 cases. 70 or more in B.C. We are a potential pandemic-vector province now.
3. Canada had 27 new cases since yesterday. We are a “low risk” country. That’s a growth rate of 13.6% *in one day.* That means a potential doubling rate of the cases every 5 to 6 days. That’s why this is taken extremely seriously as a) a rapid contagion spread rate and b) with its high lethality rate. *This is not the common flu or comparable to the common flu based on expert testimony on the subject matter.* It’s more comparable to the Spanish Flu from 1918, as noted.
4. Canada has 1 death, 1 serious/critical case, and 11 recovery cases. A caveat, Japan found the first *re-infection* case. This may make the virus far more lethal than previously expected.
5. SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19, potentially, mutated into an aggressive and a mild form with the older S-type deriving the new L-type. S-type is the mild form. S-type jumped from non-human animals to human animals. L-type evolved within human animals. L-type is the aggressive form. L-type and S-type SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 are *both involved* in the global infections. If new forms evolve, then all vaccines in-development become potentially virtually useless to these new forms.
7. Symptoms: fever, followed by a dry cough. After a week, shortness of breath with ~20% of patients requiring hospital treatment, rarely seems to cause a runny nose, sneezing, or sore throat. 80.9% of infections are mild, can recover at home. 13.8% are severe, including pneumonia and shortness of breath. 4.7% are critical, include respiratory failure, septic shock, and multi-organ failure. 2% of reported cases: death. The risk of death increases the older you are; relatively few cases are seen among children.
8. Timelines: mild cases: approximately 2 weeks; severe or critical disease: 3–6 weeks.


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