May. 28, 2020

Vancouver Island and the pandemic

The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.” 
― George Orwell

 Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.” 
― George Orwell

You have heard the phrase ­– one size fits all is wrong?

Well, take Vancouver Island and the Wuhan Virus.
How about a total of 127 cases and 121 recovered , 95 per cent recovery
No new cases.
None in ICU.
One in hospital.
Total hospitalized since the beginning, 25.
Total deaths, 5.

All this according to the BC Center For Disease Control. 

Population of the Island is 800,000 according to 2106 census. Likely over 850,000 now. 

 Area 31,000 sq. km. The Province of Prince Edward Island is 3,600 sq. km. 

I visited a restaurant today, only take out, because they could have only 50 per cent in restaurant. Owner just can’t do it on that – full staff, 50 per cent maximum clients. And staff difficult to get now because government support is better. 

 Playgrounds silent, including the spark of children at playgrounds. No baseball, outdoor basketball, lacrosse, beach volleyball. 

Costco suddenly this last few days has been recommending masks. No masks recommended when there was a real risk in March. 

Many stores, banks, pharmacies have long line ups. Meanwhile Walmart, some liquor stores no line ups, haven’t seen any at the government run cannabis store either.

I met an elderly (like myself) lady walking the beach thoroughfare today (thank God that is open) who ‘whispered’ to me “this is gone too far”. Then she looked around, nervously, to make sure no one heard her whisper.

Vacated commercial spaces crawling the streets. 

Masks have suddenly appeared outside. There is no science to indicate masks are needed at all outside. 

To those who trust the World Health Organization this is what is on their website today:

 “Currently there is not enough evidence for or against the use of masks (medical or other) for healthy individuals in the wider community. WHO continues to recommend that medical masks be worn by individuals who are sick or those caring for them. WHO is actively studying the rapidly evolving science on masks and continuously updates its guidance.”

 Fear is a great corrosive force, it diminishes, reduces, strips our vitality.

 Common sense has vacated the marketplace. 

 Wordsworth : ‘The Still Sad Music Of Humanity.”