Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Stay Home

Imagine living in a place without a health care system.  I’m not talking about the absence of free health care here.  I’m talking about being on your own if or when you became sick or injured.  Canadians have a hard time imagining such a setting since we have always taken for granted the fact that when we are unwell that there will always be doctors, nurses and hospitals ready, willing and able to help us get better.  Broken leg.  Certainly painful and not fun, but most often totally fixable.  Appendicitis.  Something that people almost never die from.  Heart attack.  Serious, but still not always fatal with modern treatments.  Certain cancers.  Often curable if caught early.  Without our health care system, these ailments would change from often fixable to pretty much almost always fatal.  Think about that for a bit.  If you’re not afraid of dying if you get infected with the Covid-19 virus, think about dying from something usually treatable after the collapse of our health care system.  Still in denial that this could ever happen?  A few weeks ago I could not imagine what we are facing right now in North America.  Never.  This is serious.  This is World War III.  This is unprecedented.  Please support our front-line troops fighting for us.  Stay home.  Practice social distancing.  Minimum 2 meters distance from each other.  Even when walking outside.  Self-isolate if asked to do so.  Stop visiting friends and family that don’t live with you.  Please.  I am begging you to take this seriously.  Hoping this all just goes away isn’t enough.  We’re all in this together.  Let’s not screw it up.

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