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I have been cutting my hair on my own for a very long time. When I would go into the office, I would cut it more frequent so I can look presentable since I do lead a small team of people and its good to look presentable every now and then, but since the Ford Gov't shut down I have had longer periods between haircuts which is fine by me. Really only my kids and wife see me. Which reminds me, I'm due for a hair cut, about to go cut my hair, see y'all later.
 

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I bought a Wahl kit a several years ago at a big box store for $30. It's similar to the ones barbers used in the early 1960s when buzz cuts were 50 cents. Now they are selling for $70. It is corded and I suspect it will last decades. It's also very good at beard trimming etc., much better than beard trimmers costing twice what I paid. Would rather have a cordless model but the battery wouldn't last.
 

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So there's been lots of Covid outbreaks at nursing homes and even several Ontario hospitals. I know a few nurses and health care professionals who are very afraid to go into work since their hospital is experiencing an outbreak, they could still catch the virus even if they are wearing proper PPE such as a mask and face shield, it does not mean your protected 100% from it but it helps, and they're fearful of their lives. Some of our family friends have been telling them "just don't go in to work, call in sick or something" so theyre getting this advice, and their thinking "wow okay, im just gonna call in sick" but the people giving advice don't realize when a nurse or health care professional calls in sick or takes a day off during this pandemic, it just means the existing nurses (including family members of mine) and other medical staff who are treating these patients who are extremely exhausted will have a much harder time, will now have "more" patients to deal with so in essence a heavier work load. When I stated to my family friend that calling in sick has a ripple effect on the other staff, they were like "oh I didn't know that, I thought just call someone else in to cover their shift" I tried to tell them it does not work like that and during these hard times there IS NOT always someone to fill in and they often have to add work load, it even says so on the news. I guess people don't realize if there's not enough staff to care for patients, patients can DIE! Just my rant for today.
 

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Healthcare spending cuts over the past 25 years didn't help either. Thousands of nurses and other health care workers were fired, starting in the mid 1990s. Statistics are showing that countries that have better funded national health care systems and did not make drastic health care spending cuts in previous years have a much lower mortality rate from COVID-19 than countries that did not.

Looking at Canada's statistics, it appears to have a higher death rate due to COVID-19 than several other countries with better health care funding. Deaths due to infectious diseases spread within hospitals and other health care facilities is nothing new but, here in Ontario, it became a problem about 20 years ago and COVID-19 is making it worse.

Another side effect is that thousands of elective and other needed surgeries and treatnments are being delayed, which is causing deaths from other fatal diseases. Due to funding cuts, the wait for those was already between 1 and 2 years before the pandemic and it is now getting worse. They are not even being included in in COVID-19 fatalities.
 

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I am suppose to have surgery recently but it has been pushed way back in fact they will not even tell me when its being pushed to, they said they will contact me when this whole covid thing has died down, they said to expect it some time next year.
 

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Yeah strange how I had eye problems a year ago with a chance of detached retina so get your ass in here and pay $100.
Recently the other eye does the same, after cataract surgery and age related, so now...well there 's only a chance in 300 of detached retina so take the chance. I don't want to see you for $100. :)
 

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What really bothers me is that doctors say that the waiting lists would not be necessary if the government simply funded the procedures. I was told that they could have eliminated the waiting list in less than a year if OHIP allowed them to do so. Published waiting list figures here are twice the provincial average and the wait time many people experience are twice the published figures. People were losing their jobs, becoming disabled or dying while waiting for medical procedures before COVID-19 happened and people still on the list are being pushed back even more. That's just counterproductive because many of those people could continue working and contributing to society if they were made whole again.
 

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@gzink, just be thankful if it's only one eye. I know someone who went legally blind in one eye and had seriously impaired vision in the other before he was even seen by a specialist. Then he had to wait until the following year for the procedure due to lack of funding. That was before COVID-19 caused even further delays.
 

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17671 wrote: "So there's been lots of Covid outbreaks at nursing homes and even several Ontario hospitals..."

In the US the big outbreaks have been at nursing homes, prisons, and meat packing plants - it's a pattern that's been repeated all over the country. Here in British Columbia we've had exactly the same kinds of outbreaks, and indeed those in the nursing homes have been responsible for the most deaths, mainly among the elderly residents. But we've been very fortunate - our health officials have thrown a lot of resources at quelling these kinds of outbreaks and our infection and death rates have, I think, been enviable. A lot of it is simple things like contact tracing and making sure that nursing home staff don't move around between different facilities. I would have thought that latter point would have been a no-brainer, but apparently it's not as simple as it sounds.
 

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A meat packing plant in Ontario is shut down. Stories on various shutdowns indicate that business practices are often to blame. Some companies make employees work too close together, refuse to supply protective equipment, refuse to provide sick pay and make employees work when ill. Since many of the employees are immigrants on work visas or very poor they cannot afford to lose their jobs.

After failing to publicly reveal COVID-19 outbreak, Ontario meat plant now has 24 confirmed cases
 

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I've noticed a lot of TV reporters need haircuts. And they seem to be holding their microphones with a 10 foot pole! ;)
 

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My Hair has not been this long since I was 14. My wife refuses to cut it so I guess I will continue to wait. Good Thing amazon refunds - those clippers never made it out of the box!
 
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