What a Month
What a month!
Three weeks ago, the headlines read, "Ajax has rats...".
Last week's headlines were, "Durham live opening ...".
This week's headlines are all, "COVID-19 Pandemic!".
I don't know about you, but I'm exhausted.
Admittedly, at first, I really thought the world was overreacting ... I kept hearing, "it's the flu..." Then Italy closed their borders, and I thought maybe this is a little more than the flu.
On Friday, the Ontario government shut down the school system for an additional two weeks after March break. Then the municipalities started to shut down full community centres, libraries and public buildings, and I thought, "This is wild! This has never happened before." Selfishly, I thought, "What the heck am I going to do with my granddaughter for three weeks?"
Next, sporting events were scuttled and whole sport seasons were suspended. All tourism, and destination places shut down, and I'm thinking, "This is crazy!" I've honestly done more grocery shopping this past week than I did last month. I guess I needed the stuff I bought, but I think I was more influenced by the empty shelves everyone kept posting.
Spain is now closed. France is on partial lock down. Now, as if you weren't worried enough about getting this virus yourself, I am hearing people can be carriers yet remain asymptomatic. There have been times this past week that I have had to just shut my phone off to give my brain, my mind, my wellbeing - a rest.
So, what are we going to do?
We will continue to try to contain this outbreak. We will align with the Ontario Government and the Ministry of Health. We will continue to watch out for our vulnerable population. For those who do not have internet access, or choose not to, make sure they have all the information they need.
As a society we need to look out for each other with wisdom.
Get out and go for a walk. It is likely the only thing we can do over the next three weeks. We have a beautiful trail system and conservation area still open and free for you and your family to use.
Please, continue to wash your hands and stop touching your face. I know it is a hard request follow through on but keeping your hands away from your face will drastically lower your chances of becoming ill. In fact, by trying not to do it, I had no idea how much I touch my face in a day!
Finally, if you need anymore information or are confused about the protocols put in place to combat COVID-19, please contact me and I will do my best to get you the answer you need.
In the meantime:
Practice Social Distancing - Wash Your Hands Regularly - Watch Out For Each Other - Stay Connected
Should you have any comments or concerns regarding this blog, please connect with me.
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