Quarantine Thursday April 9th 2020

Having spent a sleepless night worrying about The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World’s sudden onset of… what, a cold, of Covid-19, who knows, but I guess I lost my sense of humor. I mean, what if despite our BEST efforts, she has the stupid virus?

It’s the uncertainty of it all that drives me nuts.

In the early part of this outbreak, I remember reading an article that supposedly answered all our questions about the coronavirus. It was a 10 point article, like Joe’s top 10, only less funny. The thing is… about 7 of 10 of those things they answered by saying we just don’t know.

And the things that we were told to do, well, some can’t be done. Use hand sanitizer? Great idea, but they’re rarer than someone who hasn’t seen Tiger King.  Wipe down surfaces with a good disinfectant? Excellent idea, if you can find some, but the shelves are as empty as a cookie jar you think you’ve hidden from a toddler.

So do we know more now?

A bit for sure, but there’s still a lot we don’t know.

Do we wear masks now? It seems like we should, (read about it here), though there are, generally, no masks available to the public (the limited quantities are rightly given to the healthcare workers.) A few weeks ago, everyone said, no, but now? I guess it’s a yes.

Do we make our own masks out of old t-shirts? (Here) Wear Halloween masks? How about a diving mask with an oxygen tank?

Personally, I think the diving mask would be fine, if somewhat odd-looking, but I think if it can reduce the chance by even a small amount, why not give the old t-shirt thing a try? I mean, for years we went to see Canuck games on the off chance they might actually win one, so is this so different?

So can we go out in public at all? A Dutch study says no, that it’s actually worse (here), at least for runners or bikers (and not the leather-wearing, engine rumbling kind). I’m not sure what’s going on here, but I’m surprised someone hasn’t done a study saying the virus can be spread by someone sneezing into a rainstorm and infect a butterfly on the other side of the world.

And what about our pets, seems there are some nasty new articles out there saying we can spread it to our pets? Or at least our cats? (see here) Is this true? It may be, but here’s the thing. Behind the headline is the fact that none of the cats or dogs died because of it, so I think it’s ok to hug your dog or snuggle your cat.

I guess in such an uncertain world, so much is uncertain. I think Buddha said that. Or Groucho Marx.

As a concerned citizen and a vaguely law-abiding one, I just need clear guidelines on what to do. First, it was don’t gather in groups greater than 20, then 10, then 5, then don’t even go to your hairdresser.

This is all very disheartening.

However, the one thing that did ring like a clarion-bell of truth was that this virus spreads by us. Not by an internet connection or by hugging a tree, it spreads by human-to-human contact. So, we chose to quarantine before it was the thing to do before we received any official guidelines to go play with ourselves (or something like that.)

The numbers back up our move. We can slow the curve, give hospitals the breathing room to manage the influx of patients, and buy time for the professor from the Simpsons to find a treatment and/or vaccine.

Of all the things that are uncertain, only that seems like a path we can follow.

(Oh, and The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World thinks all she has is a cold, no massive aches, no trouble breathing, no fever… but then, again, in these times, we just don’t know for sure until it passes.)

Meanwhile, be safe, be healthy, and respect this new world. I’ll return to blogging on Monday.

About Joe Cummings

Aquarius. Traveler. Gamer. Writer. A New Parent. 4 of these things are easy. One is not. But the journey is that much better for the new people in my life. A life I want to share with others, to help them, maybe, to make them feel less alone, sure, to connect with the greater world, absolutely.
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