In the movies, it starts with a scientist noticing some little glitch in the atmosphere. He tries to alert the ‘people in charge’ and no one listens. More and more signs show up and eventually people realize what is happening. Then panic ensues. The next thing we see are people pushing carts through empty abandoned supermarkets and fighting for their lives for a can of food. Cars on fire in the parking lot.
Is this really what we’re in for? It has taken a long time for us to clue in to what is really happening. Or has it? As I was lying in bed last night, monitoring my breathing and listening for catches in my or my Husband’s throat….I found myself thinking back. Everyone keeps saying this virus started in December and we should have paid attention back then. But did anyone, really?
When you think about it, it seems like so much has happened in the past month or so, it is sometimes hard to imagine that it is only March. And my answer I came up with is no. I don’t believe we took it seriously.
Not until it came home.
Our biggest problem in North America is we tend to think all the bad stuff happens on the other side of the world and there is no way it can affect us. Until it does.
If this started in December (4 months ago) in China and we now have people dying from it in our home province….the world is not as big and impersonal as we tend to think.
I know I am guilty of it as well. We see the terrible tragedies happening around the world, but we shut off thinking it couldn’t happen here. Or perhaps we are so used to seeing it ‘on television’ that we have de-sensitized. Our brains have come to think of it as ‘just another movie or show’. It’s not real. And therefore, no need for us to be concerned.
Then one person gets on a plane on the other side of the world and brings it home. Life as we know it, is never the same.
Today is the 21st of March. One month ago, Peter and I were on a flight to Mexico for our vacation. At that time, the news & media said ‘don’t go to China…everywhere else is fine’.
One week ago, our premier declared a state of emergency in our province of Ontario. Schools closed, libraries & public pools closed, restaurants & bars closed, travel bans went up and borders were locked down. And now, all non-essential businesses have been closed.
Peter and I consider ourselves to be some of the healthiest people around. We are very careful about what we put into our bodies. We fully believe our immune systems to be strong enough to fight anything. After all, it has been close to 5yrs since either of us were sick. *knock on wood*
I myself stay home, work from home and have very limited contact with others as it is. I keep my shifts short, normally only seeing one client at a time and clean up and reset my healing space in between.
But now, I am completely shut down. There is no possible way to massage someone that is 3ft away from you. I am trying my best to stay positive and not let fear take over. Because when that happens all is lost.
However, never has there ever been a time where a cough or sore throat has been more terrifying. Every time one of us sneezes or clears our throats we look at each other in a panicked state.
Logic stated last week if we all stayed home for 2 weeks, everything would be fine and life would be back to normal in no time. But people are still going out. They are getting together with others. People are not taking this seriously. Or they are annoyed and impatient, not wishing to be ‘inconvenienced’. But a doctor at the University of Toronto stated ‘2 weeks will not do it…I believe it could take at least 6 months of social distancing to see if it helps. And then more time after that to slowly return to normal.’
But what will our normal look like from here on out?
OTTAWA — Canada’s top doctor says it might be months until we know whether social distancing measures being employed across the country are slowing the spread of COVID-19.https://globalnews.ca/news/6704883/coronavirus-canada-distancing-working/
We need to stay strong. We need to stay positive. We need to know this is happening for a reason. That reason is we need to wake up.
- Stay home
- Stay hydrated
- keep your throat moist
- hot drinks will help to keep the virus from spreading
- rest (our bodies heal when we rest)
- get outside for fresh air; take the dog for a walk
- exercise your mind & soul (yoga, meditation, reading)
- if you absolutely need to go anywhere, stay 3ft apart from others
- some people think you only need to wear a mask if you are showing symptoms. That is a misconception. You could be around people that don’t look sick…but those people could already be infected. It takes up to 10 days for the symptoms to appear. They could become sick a few days after you have been in contact with them and you will never know.
Please be safe. Please take this seriously. Please know that even though we are all separate and in our own homes, we are all still in this together. The stories I have seen circulating about people in Italy singing to each other from their balconies are heartwarming. I also saw some women here all on their perspective back decks doing Zumba together, but apart.
For years now we have been saying we need to make changes. The climate change people have been preaching to the world we need to wake up before it’s too late.
And the scientists in response claimed it was already too late. Even if we made the changes they suggested it would take years for anything to get better, if at all.
One news article recently showed pictures of Italy with clean water channeling through the towns for the first time in years. And an image of China from space showed the smog & pollution was almost completely gone. They could actually see land for the first time in decades!
This is after less than one month of them being scared into isolation.
One month. Let that sink in.
It is never too late.
I have always been the one to say, ‘it’s all happening for a reason.’ This truly is all happening for a reason. Mother Nature is giving us our final wakeup call. Ask yourself what it is you need to learn from this.
These are the things we need to focus on. If you find yourself lying awake at night (like I was last night) and fear starts to creep in…don’t be afraid to reach out and talk to someone. Call me. I can help. Even if it’s only to listen.
And as always, remember that I love you.