Mar. 31, 2020

Biggest Coronavirus threat right under our noses

(First posted March 3, 2020) Nobody knows how the tides of the Coronavirus will turn, but we could be sitting on an unexpected powder keg.

To date all the deaths in the U.S. – six at this writing – were from Washington state, just a stone’s throw south of us.

Worldwide, officials in just about every country have done their utmost to bring the virus under control. It’s an easier task in a controlled atmosphere where individuals or small contained groups can be isolated in quarantine.

The west coast, from British Columbia to California is virtually overrun with homeless people, living on the streets with poor to no sanitation, poor health support and little or no observation of their living conditions. Should the virus make its way into those populations the word pandemic would not be enough to cover it.

At this point we can only hope that health officials are proactive and get ahead of the threat. They cannot overlook this segment of the population. That is not only for far off places like Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles but particularly our own Nanaimo homeless encampments. If it ever manifests itself in the camps and those living in bushes and parks it could turn explosive.

We have to rely on provincial and federal health officials to keep them from falling between the cracks.