B.C. election 2020: NDP maintains big lead following televised debate

According to the survey, much of the NDP's strength appears to be in Metro Vancouver where 60 per cent of residents support the incumbents.
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About 1.1 million votes already cast as advance polls close, Elections BC says
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COVID-19 can live on skin for up to 9 hours, but sanitizing hands can get rid of the virus in 15 seconds: study
A recent study suggests the novel  coronavirus  can live on human skin for up to nine hours, but experts say those findings aren’t as alarming as they sound. The study by Japanese researchers, published earlier this month in the science journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, looked at how long viruses can survive on human skin based on samples collected from cadavers about a day after death. The findings suggest that the virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, can remain active for 9.04 hours — nearly five times longer than the survival time of the pathogen that causes the flu. The study also showed that an 80 per cent ethanol-based sanitizer can kill the novel coronavirus in a matter of 15 seconds. Cynthia Carr, an epidemiologist in Winnipeg, says that’s her main take-away from the study. “It’s an important public health message to remind people that even though the virus can last basically a full workday in a lab setting, you can quickly get rid of it if you just wash your hands,” she said. “It’s not about panicking and having a full-body shower every time you get home. It’s about remembering that if the virus is on your hand and you wipe your nose or put your fingers in your mouth, that’s where the opportunity is to get infected.” Colin Furness, an infection control epidemiologist at the University of Toronto, says people are less likely to contract COVID-19 from touching a surface than from having close contact with an infected person. He suspects the reason for that has to do with the viral dose on surfaces versus that in droplets or aerosols. Coming into contact with small viral load on a surface likely won’t result in a severe infection, he says, adding that our bodies may fight off a very mild case without us even realizing we have it. “I don’t think (this study) is anything we need to be too concerned about,” Furness said. “If it were, clinically we would be seeing that touch matters a lot more. And we’re not.” Furness says public health strategies over the last few months have emphasized mask-wearing and avoiding gatherings “because they matter more.” However, even someone who’s asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic can transmit the virus, so Furness says it’s still important to wash your hands on a regular basis. “I don’t want anyone thinking that touch doesn’t matter at all. You can still pick up the virus from touch,” Furness said. “And you can pick up a different virus during COVID that weakens your body, and then if you do get COVID you can have a worse outcome.” The experts say it’s also important to remember that studies done in lab settings, under perfectly controlled conditions, don’t necessarily translate to the outside world. Carr said the study in Japan was done in warm, humid conditions, which the virus is known to thrive in. Using skin samples from immobile cadavers could also play a role in how long the virus remained on that surface, she added. “My understanding is that the virus is relatively fragile,” Carr said. “So I don’t know how long it would be detectable on your hand in a real-life situation where you’re moving around.” Plenty of lab studies have been conducted since the pandemic began showing how long the novel coronavirus can survive on different surfaces. Another recent one found the virus could live on banknotes for up to 28 days. But Furness says to take that with a grain of salt. “It’s almost like a little perverse competition to see who can keep COVID alive the longest, and I don’t think that’s fair,” he said. “Saying it can survive on a banknote for several days _ OK, when the banknote is in the dark not being disturbed, and with perfect humidity and so on and so forth. That’s when it becomes a bit dodgy.” And detecting the virus on a surface isn’t the same as determining whether it’s strong enough to infect someone, Carr warned. “That’s where we have a lack of knowledge,” she said. “It could be (detectable) for nine hours, six hours, 12 hours, but again the main take-away for me is how quickly it can be eradicated if you just wash your hands.” Matt Gurney: The best way to protect against COVID-19 is to wash your hands. Why is that so much to ask? To protect yourself from the coronavirus, wash your hands — and your phone For Furness, the interesting part of the Japan study was its comparison to the regular flu virus, which lasted on average slightly less than two hours on skin surfaces. He says that may provide a potential clue as to why the novel coronavirus is so transmissible. “It sheds a little bit of light on the fact that this is a tough customer, that this is a relatively hardy virus compared to flu,” he said. “And it would help explain why this is so much more contagious than something like the flu.”
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Ontario Workers Protest Mid-Pandemic Layoffs For Nursing Home Staff
“Mortified.”A staff member laid off from a Bowmanville, Ont. nursing home Tuesday after decades of service says she can no longer sleep at night.“I have given so much to Marnwood. I cried … I’m full of anxiety for myself and for the residents.”The staff member asked not to be identified out of fear of professional repercussions. She told HuffPost Canada that her employer, Durham Christian Homes, told her she can apply for a new job at one of its other homes. Earlier: Ontario minister flip flops on long-term care staffing in under an hour. Story continues after video. According to the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which represents the workers, Durham Christian Homes laid off 51 nursing staff and 21 workers in other areas like housekeeping from its Glen Hill Marnwood home. “Durham Christian Homes has built a new facility in Whitby to align with the government’s new long-term building design standards. But instead of honouring its collective agreement ... the employer has chosen to lay-off the home’s workers and outsource the jobs of support staff at the new facility,” the union said in a press release Tuesday.“Nurses and personal support workers will be expected to re-apply for their jobs at the new location while housekeeping staff, dietary aides and other support staff will have no place at the new home.”Staff who do get new jobs will have to unionize all over again, CUPE said. About 50 to 60 people came out to support the workers at a downtown Bowmanville demonstration Wednesday, the worker said. One staffer held a sign reading, “15 years and this is how they treat us.” Another wore a sweater that said, “hero to zero.”Durham Christian Homes CEO Ruth McFarlane said in an email she could not comment because the company is still negotiating with the union.The COVID-19 pandemic has brought chronic understaffing and poor working conditions in Ontario’s long-term care homes into the spotlight. Premier Doug Ford has said he knows staff like personal support workers (PSWs) are “overworked” and “underpaid.” His government said on Oct. 1 it would temporarily boost wages for some of these workers by $2 or $3 per hour.The worker HuffPost spoke to said it feels like their hard work during the pandemic has not been appreciated. ‘We kept our home COVID free’“It’s just hurtful … All our hard work that we do every single day goes unnoticed,” the person said. “We’ve kept our home COVID free. Not a case. I’m just devastated.”Sally Barrie’s 95-year-old father lives at Marnwood. She said she was told in early September that he would need to move. She found out Tuesday that the staff would be laid off. “I could not believe it. I felt that the best interests of the residents there were not considered at all,” Barrie told HuffPost. “I just assumed that everyone would move intact with the residents … That is so key with long-term care residents, that familiarity.”READ MORE... Staff Shortages A ‘Systemic Issue’ At Hard-Hit Ottawa Care Home: Families Ontario Minister Flip-Flops In Under An Hour On Long-Term Care Staffing Is Pandemic Unity Between Ottawa And The Provinces Starting To Slip? (Analysis)
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There is endless debate over the scariest moments in film, just as there is for the scariest movies of all time, but one thing’s for sure: if you’re partaking in the debate, it means you’re a horror movie fiend. Welcome to the club!To celebrate Halloween and all things bone-chillingly spooky, Morgan Hoffman of ET Canada put together her definitive list of the top five scariest movie moments.From that scene in the 2018 horror film “Hereditary” that “nobody saw coming” and “still haunts” Hoffman, to the one movie scene that ensured no one ever swam at night again, these frightening moments will keep you up at night.Watch the video above to see some of the scariest movie moments (spoilers abound!) and don’t say we didn’t warn you.  RELATED Halloween Movies Kids Will Love On Canadian Streaming Services Raid Your Closets To Rustle Up These Last-Minute Kids Halloween Costumes These Family Halloween Costumes Are A Great Look, Whatever The Year Brings More on HuffPost:
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