Sharkawy on lockdown: 'What we're doing isn't working' | COVID-19 cases surging in Canada 1

Sharkawy on lockdown: ‘What we’re doing isn’t working’ | COVID-19 cases surging in Canada


CTV Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Abdu Sharkawy says the definition of what's non-essential work needs to be limited.


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    1. While I agree, there is something poetically tragic about that statement. ‘Stop forcing me to stop working, so you can force me to work’

    2. @Nutellaluis You call hiding in your home with no contact, no job, while wearing a face diaper… life?

      Yours must really suck.

    3. Money can be replaced – your life cannot. Calm down. This will not last forever. But closing small businesses whilst leaving big box stores and malls open is pure madness and discrimination. Small business owners should have a choice if they feel doing their job is worth risking their lives. Thing is, if you lose your mum or dad, they will not be able to earn a wage in the future.

  1. 494 ICU patients, how many total hospitals are in the province of Ontario? How many ICUs are in the whole province of Ontario? ANYONE??????

    1. I worked intensive care for years at several notable ICUs in Ontario. The ICUs are always at full capacity. The internal medicine doctors make sure of it. Full beds means full funding. The only thing that changes is the acuity but the beds are ALWAYS full!

    2. @M.C. Murdoch I agree Ontario should have been better prepared. However, as someone who actually works at the macro level within a public health unit, simply citing population for context is an extremely narrow-minded perspective. I appreciate you’re not employed in the healthcare sector but believe me, it’s far more complicated than that. For example, trained personnel is a finite resource that takes YEARS to expand. It’s not like there has been a pool of unemployed respiratory specialists across disciplines waiting in the wings.

    3. @Per Llyngrenn The ICUs are always always always kept full. Period. Even in Summertime years before this covid nonsense there were intubated patients in every ICU in Ontario.

  2. well of course it’s not working. these strategies haven’t worked anywhere, no matter how rigid or intense they are. are you expecting that we can be the exception and make something work if we just wish hard enough?

    1. they have never worked…..and implementation of lock downs was discouraged by the WHO, prior to 2020

  3. This guy smiles while saying non-essential… on another note
    Texas rangers stadium. 100% full today.

  4. They all have a different definition of non essential depending on how many taxes the businesses generate 😛 This is beautiful 😀

    1. I recently read a legitimate article.
      Toyota employees that tested positive were still allowed to report to work.
      This alone, shows you it’s not about safety. It’s about $$$.

    1. gents
      nothing feels better for a swing, than a hollowed out bat with a lead pipe in it
      very smooth controlled motion

  5. Why is the NB border closed to Canadian Citizens? That can’t be legal…. We want to see our parents with terminal cancer!

  6. All this reminds me of an old Star Trek TNG episode: “Hero Worship”.

    The Enterprise kept getting hit with violent “waves” of energy. They kept increasing power to the shields to resist the impacts, at the same time, the severity of these impacts inexplicably kept increasing wave after wave. At one point they faced the biggest wave yet (presumed that it would tear the Enterprise apart), that’s when Data (the android) told the captain to drop the shields entirely. The 2nd officer quickly retorted “That’s suicide, Data!” At the very moment before impact, the captain deferred to his android science officer. They dropped the shields, and the wave energy dropped to almost nothing before hitting the Enterprise (with resulted in a gentle rocking).

    Turns out the shield harmonics were having an exponential amplifying effect on these waves.

    1. You must realize that all Star Treks are in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres, right? Plus, shock waves and shields does not equal viruses. As Spock would say, “This is illogical.”

    2. @Robin M Ummm…. you HAVE heard of the fallacy of a “weak analogy”, right? How about the logical fallacy of the “ad hominem” attack? I’d be happy to post links, or describe these, if you like. You could also google “logical fallacies” to improve your analogies and arguments.

  7. Government had over a year to fix hospitals and ventilator shortage..
    Wtf have they been doing

    1. Id imagine its pretty difficult to fix an ill equipped system in the middle of the largest disaster of the century. Thats like asking why the government doesn’t fix anti-flooding infrastructure in the middle of a year long storm. What little attention they can give that particular problem is just immediately overwhelmed by the unprecedented influx of new patients. They should have strengthened it before, but obviously we can’t change that now. Ford’s approach to the economy certainly didn’t help things, either.

    2. @Adam-Matic Gaming Ottawa has spent 240 Billion and counting on Covid. I think with a small fraction of that kind of money in a year a lot could have been accomplished. How long does it take to construct an ICU bed?

    3. I can vouch that a Toronto hospital has overstock of respiratory therapy supplies that are not moving as well as a room full of ventilators sitting unused. Many of these machines are manufactured by C 0 V I D i e n, a company that has been around since 2007 if not earlier. Look it up without the spaces



  9. Doctors: What we’re doing isn’t working!

    Also Doctors: Let’s keep doing the same thing over and over and over again!

  10. Now that we have reached herd immunity they want to lock everything down so we won’t know it is over.

  11. It’s almost like we should just go back to normal and ride it out. Oldies can stay home if scared.

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