Day #45

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been 45 days already and that we’re coming into the last few days of April. It’s weird because March felt as long as a decade. It dragged out in comparison to how quick, or, seemingly quick, April has sped past.

I wonder if May is going to flash by too, as we linger in lockdown, or whether the local government here, like so many seem to be doing, and succumb to loosening restrictions, just when what we really need to be doing, is staying the course for a few more weeks yet!

Hell, if we managed to get through these last 45 days, another 30 will seem like child’s play. Though, I know of course, that for so many, it isn’t. Me? I really don’t mind the lockdown, as there’s not much difference in the before and after, except I have someone home and we can’t go further than the park outside. Not realistically, that is.

The talk started early about how the province might realistically start letting people back to some semblance of normal. And with each successive daily briefing we hear a little bit more floated. Ideas others are also suggesting. But, in truth, are any of them feasible, or is our government, like others, being pressured from all sides to do the unthinkable?

Just because things seem okay in China, where we still don’t know the full extent of what happened there, or the truth to numbers. It makes it okay to start reopening the economy. Just ask Singapore, who reported secondary pockets of infection. And then, there’s the question of how long will those who have recovered have immunity (if any at all) and how long will it last?

There are, I think, far more questions that still need to be answered before doctors and dentists, chiropractors and hairdressers get the go-ahead. It’s one thing to allow limited number of people into supermarkets, and pharmacies, but quite another for someone to sit in a chair at the dentist, or be manhandled by a chiropractor, in close contact.

I know I for one will not be visiting any of these, eh, services, any time soon. My hair can reach the floor before I visit the hairdresser. Not until I know it’s safe to do so, will I consider it.

Especially a dentist’s office, what this them going into my mouth with sharp instruments of torture! Are you kidding me?

So, will it be another 45 days of this? Or will people start herding on the beaches, and in parks, now the good weather has arrived?

I guess it’s one way to keep testing out this ‘Herd Immunity’ theory everyone loves to bandy around without (it would seem) actually understanding what herd immunity is. Not unless you’re trying to cull the ‘herd’ that is!

Herd immunity is when 9 out of 10 people have immunity or been vaccinated against a disease. And the 10 person falls ill but is unable to infect outside the circle because of the 9 that surround it, and thus, the disease doesn’t progress, but dies out.

Like all the other crackpot “remedies” floating around the internet, more people are likely to die, as not if this is how you are going to loosen restrictions.

All I can hope for is sound reasoning prevails, and that our government at the very least is going to tough it out a while longer. And you, what’s happening where you are?

Regardless of restrictions, stay safe and take care yourselves.


6 Comments Day #45

  1. AvatarSophie @BewareOfTheReader April 27, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    We have the exact same discussion here Alexandra! Doctors and specialists think it’s too soon to alleviate the lockdown or at least, we have to think it better and give more structure!

    1. AlexAlex April 27, 2020 at 5:09 pm

      I think they’re probably having them everywhere right about now, as people start to get antsy, Sophie. They did a poll here, this weekend, and despite everyone wanting to get out, 79% said they didn’t think it was time yet. Everyone was willing to wait a little longer. We’ll see, as they say.

  2. AvatarMargot Kinberg April 26, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    We’re at a very tricky point here, no doubt. On the one hand, curve-flattening seems to be happening. On the other, as you say, it’s too early for us all to go wherever we want, with no masks, etc.. We’ll have to see what the next few weeks bring, and I think that’s what gets people most unsettled – the not knowing.

    1. AlexAlex April 26, 2020 at 7:02 pm

      The numbers coming out of the US are not just alarming, but shocking, Margot. It’s way too early for the US to go back to the beaches, and the malls. I hope sanity finally prevails wherever you are. Stay safe.

  3. AvatarPaula Bardell-Hedley April 26, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    There’s much talk in the UK of what a gradual reversal of the lockdown measures will involve, but thus far the government is insisting that it’s way too early for restrictions to be lifted. It’s rather worrying when you see what’s happening in Singapore. The authorities over there thought they were over the worst, yet there are now more clusters appearing every day, which has left them scrambling to create additional hospital beds. In truth, nobody can be sure what will happen when we eventually attempt to return to some sort of normality.

    1. AlexAlex April 26, 2020 at 6:53 pm

      Well, at least if the UK government is reticent in in lifting too soon, they could save lives, given you have had some horrendous numbers there, Paula.

      And yes, we only need to look to Singapore to see that this could quite easily turn around and bite us all on the proverbial butt. Or worse. It doesn’t bare thinking about, especially the numbers coming out of the US. I think we are a long way from returning to any sort of normalcy.

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