As with most people around the world at this time, I have some CoVid-19 fears. For those who are living under a rock, CoVid-19 is a new strain of the Coronavirus which basically causes the flu but one that seems to hit people hard.
People tend to approach a crisis very differently and I know that I am one of them.
As I sit here typing this I have a sore throat, runny nose and body aches but I’m sure that I don’t have this virus. It must be just a cold because I don’t leave the house often enough to come in contact with anyone who might have it.
5 days ago I went to my group therapy which is in a health care facility. I took the transit system to get there. But the streetcar was not that busy and I wasn’t close to anyone the entire day. It’s just a cold and you can’t convince me otherwise.
There have been numerous reports of huge crowds and line ups in grocery stores and supermarkets. Shelves are clearing out at a record pace and people are stockpiling in preparation for what you would think is the next apocalypse.
It’s just the flu. I know there are people very sick and dying and I have great sympathy and compassion for them. I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. But tell me why people decided that hoarding toilet paper was the best thing to do in this time of crisis.
We just went out to Sobeys this evening to grab some ice cream and were shocked by the empty shelves. You don’t really get the impact until you see it for yourself.
That is what triggers my fear.
I’m not worried about getting CoVid-19. I look at it as though it’s the seasonal flu that you have to let your body fight off.
What I’m worried about is the panic and reactions that come along with it. It’s already started at the stores where it is almost impossible to find a can of soup or hand sanitizer.
The last day or two it has started to hit the stock market. My daughters school savings has taken quite a hit, but on the bright side, it could be a good time to buy into the market and hope for a turnaround.
I’ve watched enough apocalyptic movies and tv shows to know what happens when fear grips the general public.
Waiting it out
I’m hoping to be able to wait it all out. All of the schools just announced that they will be closed for an extra two weeks after March Break. I thought this would be a nice time to tour the city and check out the museums.
They have now closed basically every public place where a large amount of people might gather. Even the library and churches. Now we have to think about how to pass the time for 3 weeks with nothing open.
I hope this doesn’t last too long, or at lease that people realize it is not the end of the world. It is a sickness. We have been dealing with the regular flu for ages and we are all still here. We will survive this.
And just remember. Toilet paper does not cure the coronavirus.