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Day #48: Listening to Experts

Seriously, I read an article this morning at breakfast, with so-called experts citing the US Food and Drug Administration stating it was unnecessary for people to wipe down delivery, or sanitise any groceries. Because, they assure us, there is absolutely no real risk of getting the virus this way. To quote:

We want to assure you there is currently no evidence of human or animal food, or food packaging being associated with transmission of the #COVID19.”

Please note the eye-rolling usage of the words ‘the #COVID19′, hashtag included. Bad English aside, there is nothing on this green earth that will make me believe in, or trust this institution ever again, given how trumpty has decimated these once lauded and deeply respected establishment. They’ve been gutted if not, eviscerated to the bone; like the CDC.

None of this is very reassuring, quite the opposite, in fact. So me and mine (discussing this) have no intention of changing the way we accept deliveries—leave them outside the apartment either on the floor (groceries are, after all, bagged) and packages on a small table we put out for this purpose.

We do bring them in afterwards, but leave them next to the front door. Packages are left 24 hours, for peace of mind, before being cursorily wiped. While important groceries (fridge/freezer items) are taken care of straight away. Soft fruit and veg, where at all possible, is rinsed under very hot water, and kitchen towelled dried. It has become routine, and far less stressful than the alternative.

This is because we are all too aware of what’s out there. And for our own peace of mind, given there are now two small pocket outbreaks in our vicinity: the hospital across the road—which has a long term care wing for the elderly, already has 19 dead. And upwards of 30+ more infected, including nurses and doctors. And next door to them, is a retirement condo complex, the Gibraltar. Who, we learned, have infected residents.

All way too close for comfort. So excuse me, if I wash my groceries and take precautions, I want our building to continue being COVID19 free. At least, as far as we know, there are no known cases within any building complex (six apartment blocks in total, all with underground tunnel access).

We also listened to an interview with the Chief Medical expert here, in Canada, Dr. Teresa Tam, warning people that we’ll be here, later this year when flu season rolls around, again, and that keeping our distance, and washing our hands regularly, habit for the foreseeable future, are key in the ongoing battle, not just against COVID19, but all highly infectious diseases including influenza.

This winter could end up being brutal.

So again, hope for the best but also, bear in mind, prepare for the worst, and stay informed from reliable sources.

Stay safe and take care.


8 comments on “Day #48: Listening to Experts

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    Sophie @BewareOfTheReader

    I sanitize or put aside too! Fruits and vegetables are just washed in cold water with soap as that’s what we do with our hands so it should suffice.

    • Alex

      Indeed, Sophie. It’s just sensible precaution. And anyway, pandemic or no pandemic, I always rinse my fruit and veggies thoroughly before eating or cooking.

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    This fool has decimated our scientific agencies and institutions. We are surrounded by a confederacy of dunces. Heaven help us.

    • Alex

      I know and couldn’t agree more, Jonetta. These trying times are really showing us who are the true heroes, and just who is stepping up to be a strong and capable leader(s).

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    In the UK, the various experts tell us there is only a miniscule chance of catching COVID-19 from items of shopping but, they say, it does no harm to clean, disinfect or merely put items to one side for a time. Nobody, in any country, no matter how important they believe themselves to be, can be quite sure of anything with this disease, so I’m in your camp: you can’t be too careful. I must confess, I don’t entirely trust Boris and his cronies but I’m thankful every day that Trump isn’t our leader. Our government is insisting the lockdown must be maintained for the time being, which gives me confidence they are putting people’s lives before the economy. As an outsider, Trudeau seems like a decent human being and I’m sure you too must prefer him to what’s happening over your border. Strange times, Alexander. It’s difficult to know if our leaders are always being completely honest – or if they are as confident as they seem in the answers they give – but I do feel the UK and Canada are still at least democracies in the true sense of the word. Messy politics, perhaps, but far better than any alternative on offer.

    Keep up the excellent work with your posts and take good care of yourself and your partner.

    • Alex

      Yes, here at least, in Canada, we are pretty confident in both Trudeau and his government, and the fact he keeps telling us he will only trust what the science confirms. Which is reassuring, as you say, given the state of our cousins to the south. And yes, we hear that despite Boris waving occasionally, he at least seems to be steadfast on taking the time before opening up the economy to further chaos.

      It’s so crucial all over, right now, that we all get this right, as people’s lives are at stake. And so many eager to get out of confinement this is not the time to give in.

      I truly hope things turn out for the better, for the majority, and we come out of this stronger, kinder, and wiser. We can but hope, Paula. And thank you so much for the vote of confidence. And hope these posts are of help and interest to everyone who reads them.

      Take good care of you and yours too, Paula. ❤️

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    I’m so weary of all this false information people are doling out in this time of crisis. This is what happens when greed and egos are prioritized over truthful data and people’s lives.

    • Alex

      Exactly, Tonya. Half of the article debunked what was being said, so it left you wondering who’s telling the truth. The so-called experts at the Food & Drug Administration, or the paper’s own choice of experts. It makes it difficult for everyday people, without a science background, to know what to believe.

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