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Thursday, February 10, 2022

News Ticker and Midnight Rounds Tanka

Three Hundred and Twelfth Entry, Coronavirus Poetry Diary

time to learn
to live with Covid-19
on the news ticker ...
a nurse turns off the TV
and starts her midnight rounds

FYI: Toronto Star, Feb. 10: Poll: Nearly 30% of Canadians say it’s time to ‘learn to live’ with COVID-19

A new poll suggests almost 30 per cent of Canadians believe it’s time to lift pandemic restrictions and “learn to live” with the COVID-19 virus, while more than 40 per cent want measures to ease carefully.

Dr. Fahad Razak, a global health specialist with the University of Toronto, said he understands Canadians’ exhaustion, but policy-makers should stay mindful of epidemiologic metrics before tossing restrictions completely.

Razak said there’s been an “under-appreciation” of the “near-record levels” of infections, hospitalizations and deaths seen in Canada during this wave.

“But the second (metric) is the spin-out effects,” he said. “While surgeries and other critical procedures are on hold or not going at full pace, I think it’s premature to talk about a wider reopening.”

Added: Three Hundred and Thirteenth Entry

subvariants rise ...
in a waiting room chair 
ten hours of winter

FYI: Deadline, Feb. 16: New Omicron Subvariant BA.2 Spreading Rapidly, Accounts For Roughly 1 Out Of Every 5 New Covid Cases Sequenced Globally, Says WHO.

AddedThree Hundred and Fourteenth Entry

news of variants
outpacing my flight
winter gusts