Large Review Finds Good Evidence for Masks, Distancing in Stopping COVID-19 | MedPage Today

Good news: masks are a huge help.

A side “how to read this” note: calls for randomized trials is really people falling back on their comfort zone of “that’s how we test medicine” but it is *not* necessary or even possible for many interventions, so requiring randomized double-controlled studies introduces a different kind of bias: it excludes interventions where that isn’t possible, and adds a bias towards medications instead of prevention. This bias drives the costs of healthcare up, in that treatment rather than prevention is almost always more expensive. Other controls are possible, and observing after the fact “natural experiments” and meta-analyses like this also provides huge amounts of information that can be acted upon. In a pandemic, especially, wait and see on known effective preventative measures kills people. When the intervention is low risk and high payoff, just do it, and keep taking data to confirm or disprove whether it works!

That said: read the attached article.



In Celebration of

Michelle Condillac

September 17, 1957 –  May 24, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce Michelle’s sudden passing on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at Trillium Health Partners Mississauga Hospital at the age of 62. Cherished daughter of Beryl and the late Garth Condillac. Adored sister of Vicki Schmitt (Chris) and Rosemary Condillac (David Keldsen). Much loved aunt of Eric Schmitt (Kailey Ono), Andrew Schmitt (Ashley Tam), Ryan Schmitt (Kaitlyn Ortin), and Catherine Keldsen, and doting great aunt to Norah Schmitt. Michelle is reunited in heaven with her father and sisters Cindy (Jean Francois) & Cathy.
Michelle always considered it a privilege and a calling to be a nurse. She devoted 38 years of her life to caring for sick children and their families as a RN and spent many years teaching and mentoring nurses to provide quality care. She thanked God for making it possible for her to do this work.
Cremation arrangements entrusted to Turner and Porter Funeral Directors. The Rite of Christian Burial will take place with her immediate family in the days to come. A Celebration of her life will be planned for family, friends, and colleagues when we can join together safely to honour her.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Michelle’s memory can be made to Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital through a special campaign in her name. The funds collected will be directed to the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Team, on which she culminated her career.