Quarantine Thursday, May 7, 2020

Picture of us getting ready to go for a drive

Ok, I’m officially becoming my grandma. I’m insanely excited about going for a car drive tomorrow with The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World.

However, let’s catch up with the rest of the world, first.

Here in Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced a $4B program to top up the wages of essential workers. This is a great move, but since we’re Canadian, it’s being given to the provinces to sort out. In other words, here’s some cash, don’t spend it on drugs and beer. Hugs and kisses, Uncle JT.

In BC, we’re betting that people don’t need government hand-holding in the next phase of the COVID-19 fight. That sounds awesome, but by the fact that we had to tape off playgrounds to stop people from using them, or had to threaten people with fines in Stanley Park, it’s kind of like trusting your teenager to have a group of friends over while you’re on holiday when half of his friends just got suspended for drinking and burning down houses.

Here, like I said, I’m insanely excited about going for a car ride with The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World. We’ll be going on a heritage tour of Surrey. We’ll likely get a coffee from Timmies, stop to take a few pictures, and follow the map to exciting locations from Surrey’s history.

Now, a year ago, I would have wanted to do something similar, only in France or Italy, but now, yeah, now Surrey seems pretty exciting.

Find the route here.

Today, though, I managed to see a friend. We did proper social distancing but had a great time sitting in the sun on his porch complaining about the world like grumpy, old guys. Well, technically, he’s not old, but I am and you only really need one grumpy, old guy for this to work.

As well, I managed to snag a container of wipes on this week’s shopping trip. Like when Indiana Jones found the Arc of the Covenant, the wipes had a golden glow and I’m pretty sure I heard harps playing.

What was even cooler, though, was the fact the 3 people before me only took 1 container each. There was no attempt to take more or have the other person with them take one, nope, each group only took one. I was super proud of our little community spirit.

Which leads to me to my last thought. When you look at the numbers, some of them are shocking. Ignore the number of cases because that’s based on testing and countries not lying, (I mean, North Korea having zero cases, come on), but instead focus on how well we’ve mitigated, handled those who’ve been sick, and kept the death toll down as much as possible.

Canada, deaths per million, 112. US 232. UK 451. Belgium 726 (I blame the French fries with mayonnaise). But dig deeper and BC is about 25. Not bad.

A big thank you to all my fellow BCers and all the health care professionals for doing such an amazing job. Seriously. Now, keep up the good work!

So, until tomorrow, stay safe, stay healthy, and respect the new world.

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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4 Responses to Quarantine Thursday, May 7, 2020

  1. J says:

    Not sure where you get your stats from but most are wrong, including BC who has had 126 deaths so far and that would be approximately 25 per million

  2. Vonnie says:

    I’m jealous about your score on wipes!

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