The circumstances are truly exceptional. The coronavirus has changed our lives. Things that up until now we have considered plain and ordinary, such as: going to work, to school, to the movies, theatre and concerts, and most importantly, meeting with family and friends, today means playing dice with death. We are all concerned about what is going to happen and how fast the pandemic can be subdued. But one and each of us has the most influence over the course of action. It is up to our responsible behaviour to ensure that we keep us, our families and others safe.
The guidelines from the authorities and the doctors are clear. Stay at home as much as possible, wash your hands often and don’t greet with a handshake. It is not recommended for grandkids to visits their grandparents as elderly people are the most vulnerable and we must take extra measures to protect them. It is particularly difficult when we all would like to be together in these difficult times. But luckily there are other forms of contacts. Internet and over the phone communication are invaluable. Let’s not leave anyone alone!
Now it is also a test of solidarity. For example, it is important to offer elderly people help with groceries so they don’t need to go out of the house. Our responsible behaviour will not stop the virus but it will slow it down and allow virologists to discover an appropriate vaccine.
Up until now (March 20th, 2020), there have been 900 confirmed cases of Covid-19 including 17 in Manitoba. But the situation is dynamic. Therefore, it important to watch the official announcements and follow all recommendations. It is also important to stay calm and act in a rational way. Remember that right now the most depends on us.
Take care of yourselves and your loved ones.
Margaret von Lau
President of CPC, Manitoba District