“Desperate times call for desperate measures, and now is the time to consider all options, no matter how Machiavellian.” says Dr. Killemall, said the head Epidemiologist for the W.H.O.
In response to this eyebrow-raising official statement, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau assured all Canadians that the W.H.O. is both infallible, and omniscient, therefore whatever they say, we will obey without question. To further bring home the point, PM Trudeau said yesterday,
“Our Government is now bringing forth new emergency legislation to immediately imprison anyone who makes any statements, either online, or otherwise which contradict, criticize, or question the recommendations of the W.H.O.
This is the type of serious response to the Pandemic that Canadians want, and it’s the response they deserve. We’re listening, and what’s more, we are taking the appropriate actions necessary for the betterment of all Canadians. We have heard the concerns of many Canadians who are facing financial hardship due to the economic impact of the Covid19 pandemic, and we are required to find a solution so we can get people back to work. Also, we must consider the mental health of Canadians. Many Canadians have already watched everything worth watching on Netflix, and now are cruelly forced to interact with family members through conversation, board games, and other interactive activities. No Canadian should have to suffer such hardships, so as a response, we have decided to follow the W.H.O. recommendations, and starting next week, we will be Euthanizing all Canadians over the age of 55, who are non-essential. Further, to save on medical costs, and eliminate the further spread of COVID19 we will also Euthanize everyone who tests positive for the virus, and is also deemed to be non-essential. Difficult times call for difficult choices, and I’m confident that Canadians will understand and support their Government. As fair warning, any protests, complaints, or obstruction of any kind will result in a minimum five-year prison sentence.”
If the parody above doesn’t make you at least a little bit uncomfortable…it should. Actions far worse than the unthinkable measures in this piece have been done before, with far less provocation. Six months ago, if someone told you that all Canadians would be confined to their homes for up to eighteen months, would you have believed it? Or, would you have responded by scoffing, “That’s ridiculous, it could never happen here! Where’s your tinfoil hat?” This is an important question to ask yourself right now. How far will the Government go? You’ve already been surprised by the current state of affairs, so be prepared for the Government to continue to expand its power by taking away your rights, with or without reasonable cause.
It starts with a well-meaning Police officer issuing an improper ticket to a family for rollerblading together. The family will likely win in court, but that’s not the point. The point is, a family who is simply spending health time together received an $800.00 fine for an action that did not actually contravene the currently imposed rules of social isolation. If you don’t respond with outrage at this, because it’s not happening to you, then let me remind you of a famous, and sadly relevant quote by the German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller.
First, they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
Many people will be unable to accept that the above sentiment is either appropriate, or relevant to our current situation, and that would be an understandable response. It’s a bit much for most people to consider that we are now in a perilous position. Nearly every single time for all of recorded human history, when National Governments expand their power, they keep at least some of their new power. Often, the expansion of power continues until the only solution is a violent revolution to topple the tyrannical Government. You may not be interested in History, but I can assure you, history is directly relevant to your life right now.
Be vigilant, and be brave enough to speak out when the Government goes too far. If you don’t speak out early, you won’t have the ability to speak out at all when it’s too late. Remember, the Government is here to serve you, not subjugate you.
Yes, we all need to do our part during the Pandemic, and yes we need to be socially responsible for the good of all. We must be equally committed to fully regaining our freedoms once this is over, or we will face the very real possibility of living under a dictatorship.
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New app uses AI to help Calgary medical students practise interacting with patients
A Calgary medical student has developed a new app that allows future doctors to work on their diagnostic and communication skills before they set up their practices. Eddie Guo, seen in an undated handout photo, is a second-year student at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine. He says that one of the challenges in medical school is becoming better at interacting with patients. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-University of Calgary
By Bill Graveland in Calgary
A Calgary medical student has developed an app that allows future doctors to work on their diagnostic and communication skills before they set up their practices.
Eddie Guo, a second-year student at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine, said one of the challenges beyond the book learning in medical school is becoming better at interacting with patients.
As a result, he’s turned to the rapidly growing area of artificial intelligence to create a number of virtual patients, with a variety of health conditions, that a student can talk to.
“It’s good to get more than just two or four hours of the practice we get in medical school to really be able understand what it’s like to communicate in a real-life scenario,” said Guo.
“We think it’s a good idea to have more than a few hours of practice before actually going out into the wild and seeing patients for the first time.”
Guo created a program, called OSCE-GPT, where the computer is the patient. Users choose the patient’s gender and can select a scenario or let the computer decide on one for them.
“I’m Ben Johnson and I’ve been having some really bad abdominal pains over the past two days. It’s in the right upper quadrant and it spreads to my back,” said the robotic male voice in the program.
“I’ve also been feeling nauseous and vomiting. I’m here in the emergency department because of the pain.”
The AI patient can answer questions about its condition and, after the conversation, provides feedback to the student along with a list of other questions that could have been asked.
Guo said until he is finally allowed on the medical wards, the only other interactions he gets are with standardized patients, professional actors who present with various conditions.
“As you can imagine, they’re really quite good at their job, but they’re also very expensive,” Guo said.
“We don’t get that much opportunity really to practise speaking with a patient, and so what this app was born out of was a lack of possibility to practise.”
Guo collaborated with medical resident Dr. Mehul Gupta. He said this kind of additional help will make for better doctors.
“One of the things we learn again and again in medical school, and that’s reinforced again in residency, is that the history you take from a patient is almost 99 per cent of the diagnosis that you make and the impression you make on a patient the first time you speak with them is long-lasting,” Gupta said.
“If you have the opportunity to practise to tailor your questions to see how you could have done better, you really do become a better doctor overall.”
Guo said the app is still being upgraded and at this point there is no image of a patient that shows up on the screen. He said he is hoping that things like a chest X-ray, a CT scan or a picture of someone’s skin could be incorporated into the program.
Within the first month of the app’s launch, more than 550 health-care trainees from Canada and across the world including Europe, India, Saudi Arabia and the United States signed on.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 22, 2023.
Officials say some patients showing ‘severe symptoms’ in Calgary daycare outbreak
The entrance to the emergency department at Peter Lougheed hospital is pictured in, Calgary on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2023. An Alberta health official says some of the 22 patients in hospital after an E. coli outbreak at several Calgary daycares have severe symptoms. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
By Bill Graveland in Calgary
An Alberta health official says some of the 22 patients in hospital after an E. coli outbreak at several Calgary daycares have severe symptoms.
Alberta Health Services says there are now 96 laboratory-confirmed cases due to the outbreak, which is up from 56 on Tuesday.
Dr. Francesco Rizzuti, medical officer of health for the Calgary Zone, said Wednesday that the number in hospital has risen from 15. He said 16 are at Alberta Children’s Hospital and six are at Peter Lougheed Centre.
“The majority of individuals that get sick from E. coli generally improve on their own and without specific treatment, typically within 10 days,” Rizzuti said.
“However, a small portion may develop more severe complications. Currently, we have a handful of children who are hospitalized with these more serious illnesses related to this outbreak.”
Rizzuti said that due to privacy concerns, he couldn’t say how many are suffering from severe symptoms. He also would not would confirm any of them have hemolytic uremic syndrome, also known has HUS, which affects the kidneys and causes blood clots.
“Hemolytic uremic syndrome can be a severe consequence. At this time, because we do have small numbers and I want to respect the privacy of the parents, I’m unable to speak to the exact numbers,” he said.
“But it is a small proportion of our laboratory-confirmed cases who do have severe illness and are in hospital at the moment.”
Rizzuti said it was his decision to close six Calgary Fueling Brains daycares and five others out of an abundance of caution after he received calls from city emergency wards.
He said it could take a while before the investigation into the source of the E. coli is found. Public health officers have already taken samples from the central kitchen shared by the daycares.
“They collected a number of food samples, both leftover foods as well as frozen foods, from the site and these are being tested in our laboratory. These do take some time,” Rizzuti said.
“Typically in outbreaks like this, we may not find a food source.”
Faisal Alimohd, co-founder and chairman of Fueling Brains, said he’s saddened that children are sick and immediately began working with AHS to investigate the outbreak.
“Though not all Fueling Brains child-care campuses are currently classified as being on outbreak status by AHS, we have proactively closed all potentially impacted locations as a precaution,” Alimohd said in a statement.
“The exact source of the outbreak has not been identified, but we will be reviewing our policies, procedures and sourcing related to food services for our facilities.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 6, 2023.
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