A friend of mine is celebrating his 47th birthday. He put a pretty cool post of Facebook for his birthday. It gave a quick summary of our situation, so that I would be informative when Facebook brings it back as a memory. When I saw it, I thought it should be a post in this blog. So, here is an adapted version of his post. But first, here are today’s numbers:

Country Total Cases Active Cases Deaths
China 81,554 2,004 3,312
Italy 110,574 80,572 13,155
USA 209,315 195,848 4,662
Canada 9,489 7,936 108
COVID-19 on April 1st 2020
The USA has taken over China and Italy as having the largest impact from COVID-19. New York is largely seen as the new epicenter. There have been suggestions that Mayor De Blasio refused to shut the city down for large-crowd events. It is also fairly widely believed that China’s numbers are …. inaccurate (Source).

Novel Corona Virus 2020 – Gas prices at a record low, $1.00 per liter. Self distancing measures are everywhere. Tape on the floors at grocery stores and other places to help distance shoppers 2m-6ft from each other. Limited number of people inside stores, therefore lineups outside the store doors. Non essential stores and businesses mandated closed, parks, trails, entire cities locked up. Schools all closed. Shortage of masks, gowns, gloves for our front-line healthcare workers. Shortage of respirators for the critically ill. Panic buying sets in and we have no toilet paper, no disinfecting supplies, no paper towels, no laundry soap, no hand sanitizer, shelves are bare. Essential businesses switch their lines to help make visors, masks, hand sanitizer and PPE. Government closed the border to all non essential travel, called Canadians home and made it mandatory to self isolate for 14 days upon return home. Fines were established for breaking the rules. Cedar Hill Recreation Center has been transformed into a COVID19 test center. Press conferences daily from both Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Horrigan. Government incentives to stay home. Barely anyone in the street or on the roads. People wearing masks and gloves outside. We are to distance from each other. They say it started in Wuhan China at a seafood market. This is the Novel Corona virus COVID-19 pandemic that is spreading SARS-2. State of Emergency declared March 11th 2020.

Having said all of that, I would like to add a few of my own regional observations: We are under a state of emergency at both the federal and the provincial levels. We are being told to stay home, to work from home. All non-essential businesses have closed. Most restaurants are offering take-out only.

It’s amazing how we are all pulling together to ‘flatten the curve’.

So far, masks and gloves are not recommended. Although I wear mine often.