How Dare You Not Take Covid-19 Seriously

I agree… how dare you. I didn’t write this and I’m not sure who did, but it’s exactly how I feel and I am sure many of you do too 🦠😷☠️👏😷

Chicken pox is a virus. Lots of people have had it, and probably don’t think about it much once the initial illness has passed. But it stays in your body and lives there forever, and maybe when you’re older, you have debilitatingly painful outbreaks of shingles. You don’t just get over this virus in a few weeks, never to have another health effect. We know this because it’s been around for years, and has been studied medically for years.

Herpes is also a virus. And once someone has it, it stays in your body and lives there forever, and anytime they get a little run down or stressed-out they’re going to have an outbreak. Maybe every time you have a big event coming up (school pictures, job interview, big date) you’re going to get a cold sore. For the rest of your life. You don’t just get over it in a few weeks. We know this because it’s been around for years, and been studied medically for years.

HIV is a virus. It attacks the immune system, and makes the carrier far more vulnerable to other illnesses. It has a list of symptoms and negative health impacts that goes on and on. It was decades before viable treatments were developed that allowed people to live with a reasonable quality of life. Once you have it, it lives in your body forever and there is no cure. Over time, that takes a toll on the body, putting people living with HIV at greater risk for health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, diabetes, bone disease, liver disease, cognitive disorders, and some types of cancer. We know this because it has been around for years, and had been studied medically for years.

Now with COVID-19, we have a novel virus that spreads rapidly and easily. The full spectrum of symptoms and health effects is only just beginning to be cataloged, much less understood.
So far the symptoms may include:
Fever
Fatigue
Coughing
Pneumonia
Chills/Trembling
Acute respiratory distress
Lung damage (potentially permanent)
Loss of taste (a neurological symptom)
Sore throat
Headaches
Difficulty breathing
Mental confusion
Diarrhea
Nausea or vomiting
Loss of appetite
Strokes have also been reported in some people who have COVID-19 (even in the relatively young)
Swollen eyes
Blood clots
Seizures
Liver damage
Kidney damage
Rash
COVID toes (weird, right?)

People testing positive for COVID-19 have been documented to be sick even after 60 days. Many people are sick for weeks, get better, and then experience a rapid and sudden flare up and get sick all over again. A man in Seattle was hospitalized for 62 days, and while well enough to be released, still has a long road of recovery ahead of him. Not to mention a $1.1 million medical bill.

Then there is MIS-C. Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. Children with MIS-C may have a fever and various symptoms, including abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, or feeling extra tired. While rare, it has caused heart attacks and deaths.

This disease has not been around for years. It has basically been 6 months. No one knows yet the long-term health effects, or how it may present itself years down the road for people who have been exposed. We literally *do not know* what we do not know.

For those in our society who suggest that people being cautious are cowards, for people who refuse to take even the simplest of precautions to protect themselves and those around them, I want to ask, without hyperbole and in all sincerity:
How dare you?

How dare you risk the lives of others so cavalierly. How dare you decide for others that they should welcome exposure as “getting it over with”, when literally no one knows who will be the lucky “mild symptoms” case, and who may fall ill and die. Because while we know that some people are more susceptible to suffering a more serious case, we also know that 20 and 30 year olds have died, marathon runners and fitness nuts have died, children and infants have died.

How dare you behave as though you know more than medical experts, when those same experts acknowledge that there is so much we don’t yet know, but with what we DO know, are smart enough to be scared of how easily this is spread, and recommend baseline precautions such as:
Frequent hand-washing
Physical distancing
Reduced social/public contact or interaction
Mask wearing
Covering your cough or sneeze
Avoiding touching your face
Sanitizing frequently touched surfaces

The more things we can all do to mitigate our risk of exposure, the better off we all are, in my opinion. Not only does it flatten the curve and allow health care providers to maintain levels of service that aren’t immediately and catastrophically overwhelmed; it also reduces unnecessary suffering and deaths, and buys time for the scientific community to study the virus in order to come to a more full understanding of the breadth of its impacts in both the short and long term.

I reject the notion that it’s “just a virus” and we’ll all get it eventually. What a careless, lazy, heartless stance.

~Author Unknown

Be part of the solution, not part of the problem

I have had enough of all the BS the Trump lemmings and the conspiracy theorists are saying about masks causing people to get sick from breathing in their own exhaled CO2 or that it causes hypoxia or any of the other ridiculous illogical explanation they tout as reasons not to wear a mask.

Hundreds of thousands of doctors, dentists, nurses, scientists, factory workers, etc all over the world wear facemasks for hours everyday for their entire working careers. None become ill, pass out, or die. If they did facemasks would not be part of their PPE. If they are safe for healthcare workers, they are safe for everyone.

Let’s begin here by putting those scare tactics to rest!

Be part of the solution, not part of the problem. 😷

Conspiracy theories are rooted in mistrust

It’s hard for people to imagine that a “flu-like” illness could be so destructive given medical advances in the form of preventative vaccines and antiviral medications. No one has natural immunity to this coronavirus, leaving us all threatened and looking for information to make sense of the world. In a crisis event, one thing people do is engage in sense-making — seeking out facts and coming up with explanations. It’s a way of psychologically coping with the uncertainty. And that’s where conspiracy theories come in.


Some people continue to discount the risk of SARS-CoV-2 even now that there has been information from a multitude of global sources, like the WHO and the CDC, warning us that we should be very concerned. Part of the denial can be explained by the fact that such information was initially contradicted by some political leaders who suggested it might be a hoax or just a flu. People have lost faith not only in institutions of authority, but in the very concepts of truth and trust.


Conspiracy theories are rooted in mistrust. When people don’t trust authoritative sources of information—based on personal experience, political affiliation, or whatever—they are then vulnerable to misinformation. The conspiracy theories are endlessly more creative than the most detailed efforts to debunk them. As far as truth is concerned, it is a lost game. People who have decided to believe the theory of the day will just not change their minds, no matter how detailed and compelling evidence to the opposite might be. It appears as if they need another reason for the cause of covid-19 to be there, and they will have it there whatever the cost. Instead of looking at the facts, they bring up alternative facts.


For example, why do some people seek to establish a link between 5G and the coronavirus? In the first place, why is it so difficult for them to see the absurdity of the question? Is it ignorance? Is it because of sloppy reasoning?


People that believe in conspiracy theories are not convinced by factual information, they are ruled by emotions, not rational thought. They all contend they are searching for truth, if facts cannot help, they will be ignored, and alternative facts will be sought out. There is plenty of misinformation out there and plenty of places where conspiracy theories flourish, especially online. There’s the idea that there’s some hidden truth behind world events and fictional descriptions are often more tantalizing than the mundane truth or the reality that things, and especially terrible things, often happen for no apparent reason.


The real truth is that COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate between believers and non-believers. We’re in this crisis together. And we need to trust experts — epidemiologists, doctors and scientists — because they’re all we’ve got.

Black Lives Matter

To say All Lives Matter right now is passively racist.

White people aren’t being targeted, looked at with suspicion, treated like criminals they way black people are. When a group of people are being treated so differently just because of their skin colour, it is wrong.

The movement Black Lives Matter means black people need to be treated exactly the same way as white people, to have the same opportunities and for anyone not to understand that, they are either down-right stupid or racist.

Vaccines Save Lives despite what the anti-vaxxer’s say

Smallpox is one of the deadliest & most contagious diseases known to man. The virus killed over half a billion people in the twentieth century alone—three times the number of deaths from all of the century’s wars combined. On 8 May 1980, the WHO announced the eradication of smallpox. This was an unprecedented event in history, signaling the first and only annihilation of a human disease.

The victory—which saved tens of millions of lives—fulfilled the lifelong dream Edward Jenner, who first tested his vaccine on 14 May 1796. Jenner noticed that dairymaids who contracted cowpox never developed smallpox. Working from this, he developed a vaccine from cowpox. Indeed, the word “vaccination,” coined by Jenner in 1796, is derived from the Latin root vaccinus, meaning “of or from the cow.”

The prominent Scottish physician Sir Walter Farquhar advised Jenner that if he kept the nature of the vaccine a secret, it could yield as much as £100,000. But Jenner nurtured no such ambitions. In 1798, he had a hut built in his garden & christened it the TEMPLE OF VACCINIA. It not only became a beacon of hope for the poor who sought protection against smallpox, but it was also the site of the first public health service in Britain.

Photo of two children from the same classroom – one vaccinated against smallpox, the other not

A big Thank You to all essential workers

America has at least 337,274 coronavirus cases and at least 9,633 dead, and the numbers are climbing. I am struck by the great uncertainty with which we are facing what is to come. Some people are warning that this crisis will last for years; others that it will end quickly and painfully. Some are warning of the rise of fascism; others hope for a renewal of democracy. All of us are afraid; some of us are hopeful.

Pope Francis spoke today in a nearly empty St. Peter’s Basilica in honor of Palm Sunday: “Dear friends, look at the real heroes who come to light in these days: they are not famous, rich and successful people; rather, they are those who are giving themselves in order to serve others.”

We are surrounded by ordinary people who are giving themselves to serve others: bus drivers, delivery people, airline workers, truck drivers, grocery store clerks, post office workers, line cooks, police officers, food producers, teachers, social workers, janitorial staff, tradespeople, utility maintenance professionals, farm workers, child care providers, health care workers, servicemen and women, nurses, doctors. Their dedication deserves our profound thanks.

Trump’s Alternate Reality

The coronavirus numbers continue to climb. Today America has more than 185,000 known infections.

Trump will try to save declining companies, no doubt including his own family business. He will try to save the oil and gas sector, though no banks will touch it. He will prop up the failing companies of friends, cronies and campaign contributors. He will lie, try to hide data, blame others, and produce a deepening disaster.

No president would have wanted this pandemic to happen on their watch. There would be death and suffering regardless. But, it is hard to imagine another president handling the situation as poorly as Trump has, which has led to far more death and suffering than was necessary. Where we are with this virus was not inevitable. It is the direct result of Trump’s failed policies.

Trump has tried for months to do what he has always done: invent an alternate reality, lie, blame and brag, deny responsibility and claim victory. But that simply doesn’t work as well when the coronavirus has claimed more American lives in a few months than the Vietnam War claimed in a decade.

 

Senicide – life is more important than money

Total cases of covid-19 worldwide: 531,810 / Deaths 24,068 / Recovered 123,405

The word genocide, the murder of a tribe or people, was coined in 1944 by  a Polish-Jewish refugee escaping Nazism. The word senicide, the deliberate murder of the elderly, is less well known.

That is about to change.

It seems increasingly likely, a significant number of countries are going to continue mismanaging the pandemic caused by the virus Covid-19 and a very large number of old people are going to die before their time.

The lieutenant governor of Texas endorsed President Trump’s desire to get the country back to work and said that he and other older Americans might be willing to sacrifice themselves to the virus to make that happen.

Mr. Cuomo, Governor of NY, in response to to that remark had this to say:

“My mother’s not expendable. We’re not going to accept a premise that human life is disposable. And we’re not going to put a dollar figure on human life.”

The economy will bounce back, it always does. For politicians to even suggest that society put the economy over human life just shows uncaring the world has become. The USA has become a corrupt, depraved society, the people en masse have lost their moral sense.

Senicide should never be tolerated in the 2020s, at least in all in modern, developed democracies. Those countries whose leaders allow nationwide senicides should, like the perpetrators of genocides in the 20th century, be judged harshly, not only by history, but also by voters.

The Bible verse,“For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” 1 Timothy 6:10, really applies.

 

First World Pandemic Problem #2 – Slow Internet

People around the world are self-isolating due to the global pandemic caused by Covid-19. With so many people at home, most are using the internet to communicate, work, learn, and stay entertained. The use of YouTube, Netflix, video-conferencing, Facebook calls, and video gaming has surged to new highs, and the stress on internet is starting to show.

I have attempted to add a post here several times today. I am now frustrated; I have seen the below gif one too many times. I’ll try again tomorrow.

Stay safe, stay healthy, stay home.

First World Pandemic Problems

Total confirmed cases of covid-19 worldwide: 422,829 / Deaths 18,907 / Recovered 109,102

I had three precious bottles of wine left. I gave one away to my elderly neighbour and decided I would chill one of the others for myself. I placed the bottle in the freezer and waited for it to chill.

A little later I went to retrieve it. When I opened the freezer door the bottle rolled out an smashed. I was not impressed.

I do realise there are bigger problems in the world right now, hence why I wanted the wine in the first place.

Cheers 🥂

Always be a little kinder than necessary

Confirmed cases of covid-19 worldwide: 381,643 / Deaths 16,558 / Recovered 102,429

In this time of crisis please check on your elderly neighbours. Today we drove by and saw our neighbour outside. We have never spoken to her before today. We found out she has been alone for a week, lost her bank card, and is running out of food. All she has left to eat is some fruit.

This broke my heart. 😢

When I got home, I went through our food supplies. We packed up a box and dropped it off to her. We may not have a lot but I am not going to knowingly have someone go hungry.

She mentioned she’d really love to have some wine. I have been saving my 3 bottles of wine but I popped one in the fridge for her. Tonight, I will give her the chilled wine and some homemade chicken soup.

We need to look out for one another, now more than ever.

This is our chance to alter the course of this epidemic, and we can do it

Worldwide cases of covid-19 337,553 / Deaths 14,654

China: 81,093, Italy: 59,138, USA: 33,546, Canada: 1,470, Mexico: 251

Some entitled people are not staying home and not following the recommendation of social distancing.

Prime Minister Trudeau said today: “Enough is enough.”

Governor Cuomo said: “People not staying at home – “It’s insensitive, it’s arrogant, it’s self-destructive, it’s disrespectful to other people and it has to stop. And it has to stop now.”

I read these words from a doctor in Quebec:

But I am especially feeling ANGRY today. Angry at those that are not listening. It has been made very clear to us that we need to be practicing social distancing. We need to self-isolate and some need to self-quarantine. This is not a test!

What is your job right now? To stay the F* home. To stay away from people. To isolate yourselves. That’s it! It’s pretty easy actually. Yes, this is a big shift in your life right now and it sucks. But you know what sucks more? Death. Death sucks more. Trust me, this is hard on all of us. But by making this mandatory shift you are actually improving the chance that you and your loved ones DON’T DIE from this pandemic.

To those young and old and those in between that are underestimating the gravity of this situation. This is NOT the time to hang out, to chill and to party together because then it is YOU that is propagating the rapid spread of this potentially deadly virus. The death of MANY will then be on YOUR shoulders. And why? Because you couldn’t just stay the F* on your damn couch.”

Yes, it is difficult, especially those who are not used to being alone or not being able to socialize or got outside. Not too long ago men were drafted to the army. All we are being asked is to stay home, unless necessary.  For example, to get food, medicine, walk your dog. It’s not a lot to ask and it could save someone’e life. It will take away the chaos in the hospitals.

This is our chance to alter the course of this epidemic, and we can do it.

Trying to Find Joy and Be Thankful During Self-Isolation

Total cases worldwide: 308,227 / Deaths: 13,064

It’s weird that my life under self-isolation is not much different than it was before this pandemic. My husband and I rarely left the property, except for Thursday ‘Date Night.’ I do miss the best pizza in town, drinks at our favourite little bar, socializing with other people, but it’s not all bad. It certainly could be worse.

So thankful I am not cooped up in a small apartment. I am fortunate we rented a home with a large, fenced property. I can still go outside; I can go for a swim in the pool; relax in the hot tub; it’s almost like I am cut off from the rest of the world. The closet house I can see is quite far away.  The covered patio faces the Pacific Ocean with miles of deserted beach and sitting outside with the sound of the waves crashing gives me peace and serenity. I am blessed, but still, it is a stressful time.

I stocked up on loads of seeds, not for cooking, but for using as bird seed. Everyday, while my morning coffee is brewing, I sit outside watching all kinds of wild life – quails, cardinals, blue jays, ground doves, white winged doves, and a pair of chipmunks. I put half an orange on a tree branch and that attracts 2 kind of oriels, one with bright orange and one with bright yellow feathers, and woodpeckers (or they may be sapsuckers). Sometimes a road runner casually strolls by; they look nothing at all like the cartoon btw. Occasionally I see a hare, usually at dawn or dusk, and there are wild horses that visit the pond in front of our house for a drink. For a desert there is more animal life than you would think.

All the birds are very entertaining the observe. One of the bigger male doves ruffles the feathers on his back and charges at all the other doves. The quails scratch the ground and the way they move looks like they are doing a jig. The quails also make very funny sounds. The small ground doves put their wings up, like shields, when the other little doves get too close. The blue jays hide some seeds for later, I never knew blue jays did such a thing. The little chipmunk comes sniffing along and finds all the seeds hidden by the blue jays.  Watching these little animals gives me joy, and sometimes laughter, in this strange world we are currently live. It’s in this moment, I can forget everything that is going on in the world, and take time to just be happy.

I see the videos of people in Italy singing on their balconies, building after building, coming together as one during what has to be their most difficult time. Watching that video, and seeing the community comes together, makes my eyes well up. A lot of things make my eyes well up lately. Obviously, this imminent event, with such an uncertain outcome, is making my subconscious uneasy.

Covid-19 Facts

FACT: The coronavirus COVID-19 is highly contagious; it spreads easily from person to person even before a person develops symptoms. This isn’t a political issue, a rich or poor issue, or one country’s issue, it’s a major global health crisis. WHO

FACT: It’s not just the elderly who require hospitalization. 38% Younger than 55

FACT: People are dying and doctors are having to make difficult choices. Who gets a ventilator?

FACT: COVID-19 is currently affecting 184 countries and territories out of 195 around the world.
On March 5, 2020 there were 97, 878 cases of COVID-19 around the world. At time of writing, March 20, 2020 there are 272,068 cases worldwide. That is more than double in two weeks. https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

It’s hard to find two people who can agree on the exact same amount of caution or seriousness with which to approach COVID-19. We all know at least one person that thinks everyone else is overreacting.  The reasoning among COVID-19 skeptics varies from person to person, although it’s all ill-conceived.

Some people cannot be reasoned with. If we can’t get through to them, no matter how many legitimate facts they are presented with, accept that. Right now, and over the next several days, you need to focus on how you can protect yourself, your family, and your community, regardless of what reality others are living in. Unfortunately, until COVID-19 touches someone they know they will continue to believe that things will continue to occur in the future the way they have typically occurred in the past.

Those of us that are sharing valuable, legitimate information are not trying to cause panic and nor are we overreacting. But we are reacting, desperately trying to make you aware of a virus, more aggressive in its transmission than anything that has been seen in recent history, so you will take every single precaution necessary, so you and you family, won’t catch this virus.

Time is running out and people are not prepared, it’s up to each of us to do our part. It will be difficult but we can get through this together. We have to make sure the hospitals do not get overrun. Stay home as much as possible. If you feel like you are coming down with a cold you must self-isolate.

Missing My Family

I’m feeling a bit blue today. I miss my children, my parents, and my sisters. When this is all over I’d like to have a family reunion. The whole family including, nieces and nephews.

Very thankful we live in the age of technology, video chat is so much better than a phone call. I miss them all so very much.

My oldest daughter lives in Montreal, Canada. She has been laid off work and is self-isolating in her apartment. She lives alone and I worry how she’ll handle no social interaction. She is used to being around her co-workers and friends and this may be very difficult for her.

My middle daughter has been travelling for the past 2+ years. I mentioned in an earlier post that she had left Beijing for Phuket. Her visa ran out so she has hunkered down in Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia. The virus hasn’t arrived there and I hope it never does.

My son, the youngest, lives in New Brunswick. He is still working but that could change at any time. He lives with his father and is well outside the city limits. A good place to be during this crisis. He’ll still be able to get outside for fresh air and vitamin D.

I video chat with my parents. I haven’t seen them in three years and I miss them so much. They have trouble with the screen and sometimes I can only see part of their face but a part is better than none at all.

The Whole Family Gathering

The Whole Family Gathering – Vector

 

Have We Entered The Twilight Zone?

Two weeks ago my son asked me for the link that tracks Covid-19. The cases world wide then were 97,898. Today that number has risen to 245,630. https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

I feel as though I am living in some kind of bizarro world. When the calendar flipped from 2019 to 2020 was there a rip in the time space continuum? Are we living in an alternate reality? It sure seems that way because this doesn’t seem real. Real life has become an episode of The Twilight Zone.

So many strange and unusual things have happened so far in 2020, such as…

January 3:  – USA vs Iran. Iranian major general Qasem Soleimani of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was killed when US drone strikes hit near the Baghdad International Airport. The death a man, who is widely seen as the second most powerful figure in Iran, sparked speculations that World War 3 might begin.

January 5: Iran pulls out of the 2015 nuclear deal, will not limit its uranium enrichment.

January 7:  Chinese authorities confirmed that they had identified a new virus— temporarily named “2019-nCoV.” Today it is known as the Covid-19 Coronavirus.

January 7: 6.4 Magnitude earthquake in Puerto Rico, island’s largest in a century.

January 8: Iran launches missile strike on Irbil and Al Asad bases in Iraqi housing some American troops in retaliation to assassination of General Qasem Soleimani.

January 8: Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 crashes just after take-off from Tehran, Iran, killing all 176 people on board.

January 8: Duke and Duchess of Sussex announce they are stepping back as “senior” royals, will work towards becoming financially independent. They settle in British Columbia, Canada.

January 12: Taal Volcano Eruption – On January 12, the Taal Volcano erupted after 43 years. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology escalated the alert level from Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 4.

January 31: United Kingdom formally withdraws from the European Union. (Brexit)

February 1: Locusts swarm across East Africa leads Somalia to declare national emergency, largest in 25 years. Later the swarm reached South Sudan, threatening a food crisis:

February 2: Palindrome Day: the date 02022020 reads the same forward and backward including in the US and China (last one like this 11 November 1111).

February 6: Antarctica records high temperature of 64.9 F / 18.2 C at Esperanza, Argentina’s research station.

February 11: Snow falls in Baghdad, Iraq, for only the second time in a century.

February 13: January 2020 was the hottest January in recorded history according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

February 14: More than 800,000 people displaced from their homes in north-western Syria amid assault by Syrian pro-government forces on last rebel stronghold.

February 27: Biggest cosmic explosion ever detected from a super-massive black hole in 390 million lights years away, (size of 15 Milky Ways).

February 27: Dow Jones Index suffers its biggest points fall in history closing down 1,190.95 in New York amid concerns about coronavirus.

February 29: US and Taliban sign deal to end 18-year war in Afghanistan in Doha, Qatar. US and NATO allies will withdraw their troops after 14 months if deal kept.

March 3: Powerful storm producing multiple tornadoes rips through central Tennessee killing at least 25.

March 4: “Once in a century” winter in Moscow the hottest in 140 years with average temperature 7.5 C (13.5 F) with virtually no snow.

March 6: Russia refuses to reduce oil production over coronavirus COVID-19 fears, breaking with Saudi Arabia and OPEC and prompting a price war.

March 11: The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic, after the disease caused by the new coronavirus spread to more than 100 countries and led to tens of thousands of cases within a few months.

 

Twilight-Zone

My Thoughts Are With Italy

“Coffins awaiting burial are lining up in churches and the corpses of those who died at home are being kept in sealed-off rooms for days as funeral services struggle to cope in Bergamo, the Italian province hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

As of Wednesday, Covid-19 had killed 2,978 across Italy, all buried or cremated without ceremony. Those who die in hospital do so alone, with their belongings left in bags beside coffins before being collected by funeral workers.

In Bergamo, a province of 1.2 million people in the Lombardy region, where 1,640 of the total deaths in the country have taken place, 3,993 people had contracted the virus by Tuesday. The death toll across the province is unclear, but CFB, the area’s largest funeral director, has carried out almost 600 burials or cremations since 1 March.

“In a normal month we would do about 120,” said Antonio Ricciardi, the president of CFB. “A generation has died in just over two weeks. We’ve never seen anything like this and it just makes you cry….“Families can’t see their loved ones or give them a proper funeral, this is a big problem on a psychological level…” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/19/generation-has-died-italian-province-struggles-bury-coronavirus-dead

Everyday the news is worse than the day before and I silently I mourn with the people of Italy.  Covid-19 doesn’t care for borders and soon North America will be another Italy. And still some people are oblivious.

The expats here are just starting to go from denial to panic, but not crazy panic. Our property manager told us today there isn’t hand sanitizer anywhere in town, but there is still toilet paper. The local Mexican Nationals are, for the most part, still in denial.

Almost everyday my husband and I have been warning people on the towns Facebook news feed, desperately trying to make them aware of what is heading our way. Some try to start religious debates and other say we are over-reacting and others accuse us of stirring up panic. I find it very frustrating that so many are not taking this seriously.

I hope it doesn’t come here, the town is not prepared.

 

Social Distancing

Cases of Covid-19 worldwide: 219,141 / Deaths 8,965

“The only thing that could have saved – or mitigated – this tragedy in Italy is social distancing. I’m not talking about a high five instead of a handshake, or grandchildren not hugging their grandparents. I’m talking about not being in the proximity of another human being who is not your immediate family. This is the only available and effective measure to help slow the transmission of the disease.” (see link below for source)

Everyone, everywhere, is talking about Social Distancing. It it what we must do to keep the coronavirus from overwhelming our hospitals. The stories we heard from the Chinese healthcare professionals are now happening in Italy. Soon every hospital in the west will experience the same thing if we don’t stop the spread of covid-19.

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/im-an-italian-mom-under-coronavirus-lockdown-heres-what-i-wish-i-had-done-differently-before-things-got-bad/ar-BB11jvLv?li=AAggFp4

Coronavirus: Return to Canada or Stay in Mexico

For expats and long-term vacationers, the Covid-19 coronavirus comes down to two things – should I stay here or should I go home. And, that decision needs to be made soon with ever changes border controls and changing flights. Check the latest consulate advice about travel and any flight restrictions. Government of Canada Travel Advisory

Some things to consider when making your decision should include:

*MEDICAL CARE: Canada has free Medicare for all citizens, Mexico does not. Canada certainly has a larger quantity of high-quality hospitals for the population at large. Access to first-rate healthcare will be an issue in both countries. Todos Santos only has 2 ambulances and the hospital is not equipped to deal with coronavirus emergencies.

Quality of care for either country won’t matter if you can’t gain access to either, which is likely to be the case. And, even if you did get admitted there aren’t even a fraction of enough ventilators to be of any use. An added concern is the possibility of hospital acquired complications; in the case you need to be hospitalized. HAC

*YOUR HEALTH: Something else to consider is if you are at high risk. Health related co-morbidities like diabetes, can make it more difficult to fight off infections. Your immune system may not function as vigorously when you are older. Also, if you catch the corona virus, the possibility of hospital acquired infections (easily picked up in a hospital or even from a ventilator) is also an added concern. Comorbidities

*TRAVEL: The Canadian government is urging all travelers to return to Canada. When deciding to fly home, consider the risk of exposure due to long lines at crowded airports. Air travel in a confined space with other potentially infected people while breathing in recycled air is an added risk for exposure. Airports will be crowded. There is the risk you may be stranded as fewer international flights are likely to be available in coming weeks. travelers

Driving also has risks because you will need to stop for gas, food, and lodging causing possible exposure to contaminated surfaces. The coronavirus can last for hours and days depending on the surface.  How Does Covid-19 Spread

*TRAVEL INSURANCE: What exactly does your policy cover? A number of Canadian retirees are now being told that they have until March 23 to return home to Canada before their emergency medical coverage for COVID-19 will no longer be valid.” Insurance Coverage Changes

*SELF-ISOLATING: If you go back to Canada where will you be staying – in a house, condo or apartment. Do you have a home to return to or will you need to stay with relatives? Many people here have larger properties, if you self-isolate here you can still go outside and enjoy the weather without being cooped up inside. That may not be an option depending on housing back home.

You may be asked or required to self-isolated at home for 14 days when you return. Canada is currently asking this of all travellers coming from international destinations. Returning to Canada

*FOOD: People in Canada have given into panic buying with many stores running low on staples. There are more options for restaurant deliveries as well as food and supplies available online. In Todos Santos there are currently only two delivery services available. Some restaurants are providing take away but that requires leaving your property.

Interview with a Canadian snowbird going home. source

 

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Trump Lied, People Died

Worldwide cases 198,730 / Deaths: 7,989

It sickens me how Trump has put the American people in danger. Hashtag trending is #TrumpLiedPeopleDied 🤥
Wonder if he realizes he going down in history as the worst president ever 🤔