What Ezra Levant reports in this video is enough to make one queasy. Were I Canadian, I’d choose to eat at home.
The Canadian Human Rights Commission is downright scary, especially considering our current health problems. From the CDC:
Human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection have been identified in the United States. Human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection also have been identified internationally.
Investigations are ongoing to determine the source of the infection and whether additional people have been infected with swine influenza viruses.
CDC is working very closely with officials in states where human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) have been identified, as well as with health officials in Mexico, Canada and the World Health Organization. This includes deploying staff domestically and internationally to provide guidance and technical support. CDC has activated its Emergency Operations Center to coordinate this investigation.
Laboratory testing has found the swine influenza A (H1N1) virus susceptible to the prescription antiviral drugs oseltamivir and zanamivir and has issued interim guidance for the use of these drugs to treat and prevent infection with swine influenza viruses. CDC also has prepared interim guidance on how to care for people who are sick and interim guidance on the use of face masks in a community setting where spread of this swine flu virus has been detected. This is a rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide new information as it becomes available.
There are everyday actions people can take to stay healthy.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective. [my emphasis – D]
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
I wonder what the Canadian equivalent of the CDC is, and if anyone has told them of the ruling the Human Rights Commission made – i.e., that you don’t have to wash your hands if you handle food for the public. An employer’s demand to do so is a violation of your rights.
Workers with dirty hands, rise up and demand your civil liberties! So what if a few hundred people die for your freedom from hygienic practices?
I hope the health authorities in Canada are in contact with the misguided bureaucrats at the Human Rights Commission. They certainly do need to be brought up to speed on the germ theory. Or is that too 20th century for the forward-looking HRC?
Here are the latest statistics from the CDC:
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These are just the identified cases in the US. Mexico has been particularly hard hit and I expect to see more outbreaks in the southwestern part of the country due to our porous and perilous border situation.
The US government has finally declared the outbreak to be a problem and will be taking bureaucratic measures, as yet unspecified.
Mexico City has closed its schools.
I won’t try to update this information as it will be changing rapidly in the next few days. It appears to be an international outbreak.
However, Gateway Pundit will keep up with things, so check in over there to see how this is progressing. Jim’s latest post says:
South Korea and Japan are screening flights coming from US and Mexico.
DHS Secretary Napolitano says US will not screen flights coming from Mexico.
President Obama went golfing today.
If any of our Canadian readers know what the Human Rights Commission is permitting Canada’s citizens to do in the face of this pandemic, please let us know in the comments.