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Old 08-08-2017, 09:06 AM   #1
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Default Public Health Agency Of Canada Asks Funeral Homes To Prepare For Pandemics

While Canadian health officials have extensive plans to ensure people survive a future influenza pandemic, they've also made macabre recommendations for the nation's funeral homes for those who don't.

"In a pandemic, each individual funeral home could expect to handle about six months work within a six- to eight-week period," the Public Health Agency of Canada warns on a web page about the management of mass fatalities during a pandemic flu.

"That may not be a problem in some communities, but funeral homes in larger cities may not be able to cope with the increased demand."


One of its recommendations is that funeral homes make advance plans for what to do if their own staff get sick, including making arrangements with volunteers from service clubs or churches to dig graves.

Storage space for corpses could also be a problem, the agency notes, and it says refrigerated trucks or ice rinks could be pressed into service if needed.

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/08...ef=ca-homepage
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why is using ice rinks and refrigerator trucks " macabre recommendations"?
Makes sense to me, dead bodies spread disease besides the flu. Anything to help before burial
Having people or machinery to dig the graves is common sense in a pandemic
This Rob Drinkwater needs to get his head out of his azz and wake up to reality in the case of a pandemic. Death will be everywhere and will need to be dealt with fast
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And they're going to have to be mass graves, because it makes no sense to dig lots of little holes instead of one big one.

And what happens when the coffins and grave liners and embalming fluid and all the other apparatus of the modern death industry run out -- and you know that in such a scenario as detailed above, they WILL -- will the authorities suspend the laws that require such things? Will it just be body bags in those mass graves? Or nothing, as in the Black Death?
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Golf courses seem to me to be the best location in urban areas for mass graves and funeral pyres.
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Golf courses seem to me to be the best location in urban areas for mass graves and funeral pyres.
That would certainly piss off a President or two........
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That would certainly piss off a President or two........

Now that just made my day
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Golf courses seem to me to be the best location in urban areas for mass graves and funeral pyres.

And in a real pinch and if the deceased were cremated, there would be *A LOT MORE* sand traps
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Get a flu shot this year as Australia is swamped with it at the moment.
The link is the news in a small country area but its every-where. WARNING I AM NOT KIDDING.
https://www.news-mail.com.au/news/fl...rease/3211557/
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My ex flew in from Australia a few weeks ago for my son's wedding & he had the remnants of it. He was never one to easily catch any flu so it must be something.

Thanx for the heads up.
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Australia is running out of "TAMIFLU"
Im OK ........ I had it for about 3 days in July and seem resistant to it.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-1...amiflu/8819498
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The worst flu season in five years is putting an unprecedented demand on Queensland's ambulances, with a 13 per cent increase in calls to triple-0.
There have been 19,216 cases of the flu this year, with about 2,145 hospitalisations in the past few weeks — well above last year's admission rate.
The Queensland Ambulance Service said it had experienced eight of its 10 busiest days on record for Code 1 incidents. Last Monday was the busiest day on record with an extra 614 triple-0 calls compared with the same day last year.>>>>More
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This thread is well timed- kelee877 even if us Australians have hijacked it...
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This thread is well timed- kelee877 even if us Australians have hijacked it...
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Hijack away..always nice to hear from the land down under

I am heading from Ontario to Montana this week I,ll keep my eyes and ears opened for anything
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WHICH A strain? H3N2 or H1N1?
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Looks like H3N2 is predominant. I'll start a separate Australia 2017 thread.

http://www.health.gov.au/flureport#current
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There is a weird outbreak of H3N2 among dogs in the U.S. right now. Came across the wire on ProMed this morning.
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From the ProMed notice, it sounds as if the canine illness has either an uncommon, obscure source, or it's possibly a novel virus.

It's also "fair flu" season. Although the number is trivial, there are always cases of H3N2 from infected pigs on exhibit crossing over to people at this time of the year. In the past, there has also been some H2H transmission as a result.

Over the past few years, State Ag Depts. have added and modified regulations for animal exhibits at fairs to try to prevent the nightmare scenario - which is a cross exposure leading to a novel, combined avian and swine variant. So far, so good.

Pig-to-person spread of flu at fairs a continued concern
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Okay - some flu reading to do this evening then...
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