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

Can You Be Medically Exempt from Wearing a Face Mask?

The tight-fitting N95 masks filter the air you breathe and protect you from inhaling small particles like dust or germs that cause disease. Those respirator masks do add some resistance to breathing in and some people with severe lung disease may find breathing more difficult while wearing one. The average person shouldn’t be wearing N95 masks, these are for healthcare workers.

Looser fitting masks, like surgical masks or fabric face masks, however, block some of the air you breathe out. If you are infected with a contagious disease like COVID-19, a surgical mask limits how much you might spread the disease. That also means surgical and fabric masks do not add resistance while inhaling.

Essentially, this means even people with respiratory illnesses—asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other lung diseases—can safely wear either surgical or fabric masks in public.

Finding a mask that fits well or a face covering with a fabric that is soft will help you stay comfortable while you help keep your family, friends, neighbors, and community safe from COVID-19 and other contagious diseases.

There are no medical conditions that would preclude someone from wearing a simple surgical or cloth face mask, because both masks have no effect on respiratory mechanics. However, if you are having trouble breathing while wearing a cloth or surgical mask, you may not be wearing it correctly. If you feel like you’re sucking air through the mask, you are wearing the mask too tight. Simply look for a mask that has some stiffness to it, so that you don’t suck it into your mouth while breathing.

Bottomline: if your respiratory status is truly that tenuous that you’re not able to breathe through a cloth face covering, you should stay home and not expose yourself to any risk. If you are truly that fragile, a COVID-19 infection could be a death sentence.

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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.

Why do people fall COVID-19 conspiracy theories?

The oddest 5G conspiracies — that COVID-19 is caused by cellular towers, or that COVID-19 is an elaborate government ruse devised to confine us to our homes so that they can install more 5G towers unopposed and unnoticed — have so little basis in reality that you wouldn’t expect them to be taken seriously by anyone but the already delusional.

But conspiracy theorists have crawled out from the internet’s least credible recesses into the mainstream and even the wildest fantasies of nefarious intrigue may be embraced by millions as clandestine, sovereign truth.

Across the United States and Canada, ordinary civilians are flaunting their exaggerated skepticism. Lurk in the comment sections beneath coronavirus articles for any length of time and you will encounter the hearty disbelievers: COVID was invented by Fauci and Bill Gates. The infected rates and death tolls are phoney.

These theories have a charmingly self-corroborating quality. No reputable newspaper, magazine or website will affirm any of these claims, because even a modicum of investigation or reporting would disprove them and because by nature they are impossible to substantiate. Skeptics get around this by simply insisting that reputable newspapers, magazines and websites are party to the same conspiracies, and have a vested interest in suppressing the truth. The news media, naturally, are fabricating stories on behalf of the state. You would have to be naive to believe what you read in the New York Times.

These mysteries of perception can of course be explained, easily, by science. But science can be complicated and some people won’t admit that they don’t understand the science. And such people want — crave — an answer they can readily comprehend. They don’t want to defer to others or accept that perhaps some things are too complex for the layman to grasp. Real research involves diligent, dedicated study and the assiduous scrutiny of peer-review. How much easier, how intoxicatingly simple, to scroll through memes on Facebook, or delve into YouTube and watch a video.

This kind of thing always produces in the conspiracy theorist a kind of defensive superiority. Those of us foolish enough to accept facts at face value — those of us who listen to medical professionals and leading experts in medicine and epidemiology and accept their wisdom — are mere sheep, passively receiving indoctrination like the proverbial lamb led to slaughter.

Never mind that men and women who have studied medical science for decades probably do know a lot more about infectious disease than us, and that a certain amount of deference to credible authorities is a hallmark of intelligence. The conspiracy theorist insulates himself against criticism with self-righteous hostility. Do your own research — by which means watch an hour-long rant on YouTube. Don’t trust experts. Make your own expertise.

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.

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.

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

 

Stay or Go

Tomorrow We Isolate

I am now very worried about the spread of this virus. My husband suggests we isolated ourselves until this crisis blows over. I am concerned we don’t have enough food or water. We have the canned and dried food we bought but we need more meat, etc. Tonight, will be the last time we go to Chill and Grill for pizza. We decided not to go to La Esquina as there is too much of a crowd.

I message my mother and tell her she needs to stock up on food and her medications. I tell her to soak all her fruits and veggies in a vinegar and water solution. Right now, the scientists say the coronavirus can live 9 days on surfaces.

Mexico – It’s Not All Tequila and Beaches

Living in another country is like a dream to some people. Some are envious of the idea of someone who’s off exploring faraway places instead of living a normal, seemingly less exciting life. When I’ve spoken with people who have never lived anywhere other than their home country, they have this notion that it’s something reserved for these spontaneous nomad-type people, that there’s this unattainable spark about us adventurers living our dreams.

I think that people wrongfully confuse living in another country with touring it. Being a tourist and living are vastly different, and the value of living in another country is too often overlooked.

Right now I currently live in Mexico. Some imagine it is all beaches and tequila, hot weather and sombreros, while few others express a more violent imagination of what it would be like. But it’s neither. I live here like I did back in Canada. I pay bills, I do laundry, I make my bed, I take out the garbage, I watch Netflix and I cook dinner.

The perceptions most people have of what it is like to live in Mexico are very wrong. Even I didn’t know what to expect. People have only these superficial ideas of palm trees and cheap beer, or cartels and ramshackle houses — a view that they’re unable to look past. It’s a sort of ignorance that’s understandable, but it’s one that they’ve chosen not to correct.

Let me tell you — it’s worth correcting.

Living in another country reminds you how incredible life is. Though you get used to a new routine and enjoy a new comfort, something about it gives you an appreciation for everything — things that you wouldn’t usually notice or pay attention to.

You’re reminded that time is fleeting, that your experiences are what you make of them, and that you’re such a tiny piece in this big beautiful world. And, you realize that the world isn’t as different as you expected, that everyone uses Facebook and watches Netflix.

It may not be as glamourous as you imagined, and you might wonder why move somewhere exotic just to end up in that feeling of “normal”. But really immersing yourself in another country could be what gives you that spark you envy so much in others.

It’s the living that creates that spark.

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Explore. Dream. Discover.

Explore Dream Discover

We get so caught up in the “American Dream” of finding the perfect 9 to 5 job, the perfect husband, the perfect house with a white picket fence, two cars and 2.5 kids that we forget that there is an entire WORLD out there to explore!

I don’t know anyone who has regretted moving abroad but I know plenty who have regretted staying behind.

Learning Spanish

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I was born and raised in Canada’s only official bi-lingual province, as children we had French classes from K-10. I’m not fluent in French but I can get by.

French and Spanish are both Latin based languages so one would think I’d have an easier time learning Spanish. But no. I find myself confusing the two languages. So I end up speaking a mashup of broken English, French and Spanish. So confusing.

It will come in time, the more I use Spanish and the less I think in French.

The Spanish lessons I’m taking at Hablando Mexicano are helping agreat deal. My husband and I were able to get into a small group class that was paced perfectly for us. Twice a week for 4 weeks. Our instructor, Ivonne, is excellent. We’re having a lot of fun and learning so much.

Bringing My Cats to Mexico

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As move day got closer I had more and more anxiety about how my two cats would adjust to life in Mexico.

The hated the road trip down. Savannah cats are known to be vocal and mine is quick to let me know when he’s not happy about something.  Every morning when we started off for the day, Reever would yowl. For hours. Non-stop. Finally after 3 or 4 hours of voicing his displeasure of being in the car, he would settle down and sleep.

I am happy to say they both adjusted to life in their new home quickly. I brought their favourite blankets,  beds and food dishes so they’d have some familiar smells. The place we rented is bigger than our home back in Canada – lots to explore, new smells and sounds to investigate. They are both indoor cats and love to sit by the screened patio doors watching the birds & dragon flies bath in our swimming pool.

For those people moving to Mexico and worrying about bringing your animals: stop wasting your time worrying if your animal will adjust. They will. Probably faster than you.

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Peko chilling on the cooling tile floos

Moving to Another Country

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Things to remember when moving to another country.

1) Pack light. You don’t need two years’ worth of stuff. I have already realised I have brought way to many clothes, and that is after donating more than half of what I owned.

2) Know that learning the language WILL be hard. Make an effort to at least learn the basics immediately; people will be a lot friendlier if you show an interest in their native tongue, and it will help ease everyday interactions.

3) Perspective is key. Remember that good and bad things happen everywhere. No matter what you’re doing, and where you are, you’ll have your share of ups and downs — it’s not always directly related to living in another country.

4) People can suck anywhere. No matter what the country’s culture towards tourists/outsiders is, one thing will always be true: there are nice people in every country, and there are assholes in every country.

Preparing to Move

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Preparing for the move and going through all the things I had in my house, I was amazed by the amount of absolutely useless stuff I had.

This isn’t really a deep or meaningful realization, but it’s a realization nonetheless. Only when you’re forced to condense your life into 2 suitcases do you realize how much stuff you have.

The Man Cold

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Guess what?! Yesterday my husband woke up with a cold. Not just any cold though, a MAN COLD.

What’s the difference between a cold and a man cold you ask? Well let me tell you.

A cold is what we normally know as a stuffy/runny nose, cough, a few aches.

A man cold is all that plus a whiny, grown man who can’t quite grasp why he feels so awful. He feels like he’s dying and the world is coming to an end because he feels so terrible.

A man cold isn’t fun, especially for wives. You’d think the man was on his death-bed or suffering a horrific illness. Nope just a cold. But, a man cold because you know, men can be such babies.