COVID-19 / Coronavirus

By now, everyone on the planet knows about the spread of COVID-19 / Coronavirus.  Every news agency in the world is reporting on this daily, and daily it gets worse.  Our neighbour to the south, the USA, is said to be the worst of the industrialized nations.  Their testing was and is inadequate, which let it spread without much check.  Remember Ebola?  They weren’t prepared then, either.  Here to the north, we’ve closed our border with the US (the longest free border in the world), except for essential services, in hopes of stemming it.

I still go to work every day.  Who knows about next week though.  Our provincial government has, in my opinion, acted slowly, probably because there is no blueprint for this.  Our premier has finally said today that non-essential businesses must close.  Does that mean where I work?  We have the third highest COVID-19 infection count of all provinces / territories.  There are now 5 cases in Lethbridge, my city of 100,000 people.  I’m due to give blood in a couple of weeks.  I have no symptoms, so hopefully all the hand sanitizer I’m using helps – at work, at home, in my van, everywhere.

On my drive home, I douse my hands and face with hand sanitizer so that I lessen the risk of be bringing anything into the house.  If Mom should be effected by this, that would be the end of her.  She already has a hard time breathing and cannot walk fast.  I told her I thought it would not be a good idea to go out shopping with Floyd.  She stays in the car, but still … maybe staying at home continually isn’t very nice.  But still … <sigh>

I’ve been quite stressed by all this.  I’ve stopped tutoring in-person and now tutor online only.  Only one parent thought that the whole online thing wouldn’t work and that, if it should come to that, if she were to have to babysit the student’s use of the computer, there would be no point in having a tutor.  I intend to prove that the online thing can and will work.  And, in case my workplace closes for a while, I will at least have this tutoring gig to help me through.

I’m sure that no one these days has time to read this.  People are more concerned with loss of employment and thus money, homeschooling, stocking up on toilet rolls, etc.  So this is more to document that all this is going down and that, for now, I’m still here.

Take care, y’all.  Don’t get sick.  Stay well, be calm, help out your fellow man, be responsible, and we will all come through this.  Love you all lots.  And watch a bit of Camp & Camera.

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