“Temper us in fire, and we grow stronger. When we suffer, we survive.”
I’m going to crack my recent silent streak now that the virus has obliterated the rest of University term and reduced it to some online lessons. I suppose that Summer break has come early for some of us, and it seems that its not that type of break that is a lot of fun for the global majority. At a time when people are struggling just to survive, buried under loans and just barely making ends meat, a pandemic makes the lives of the working class person even harder, and toilet paper worth more than gold.
Fortunately for us in Canada, our government is taking measures to help with daycare, unemployment expenses, mortgage and interest help, and possibly other things with a generous fiscal package to be detailed soon. Our neighbours down South seem to be getting a little help as well with Coronavirus-related medical expenses to be covered by the United States government (which is the only morally conscionable thing to do,) but it did seem to take some fighting to get there.
Ontario has now confirmed over 100 positive cases of Coronavirus (covid-19) here so far. Many more cases are expected to come in the following weeks and months, large events are being cancelled and elementary schools are closed for three weeks. The grocery stores look like they have been looted before the coming of the apocalypse. I really should have bought a katana incase people started turning into zombies, but alas, I’ve not the funds to do so (feel free to donate a katana to my blog by contacting me here.)
Many of the people that I’ve spoken to about the virus in the past few weeks have taken the coming pandemic very lightly, and admittedly, I was uncertain at first… However, after doing some research it seems that there is quite a lot of reason to be concerned or at the very least, not entirely complacent. Although this disease is only moderately more deadly to young adults, it is much more dangerous to our elder populations, and there are no vaccines or anti-viral drugs developed for the illness right now making everyone more vulnerable. To top that all off, it seems that this coronavirus is also more contagious and more likely to cause respiratory failure due to lung inflammation and its stiffening effects; this means that if the spread happens rapidly people could die because of a lack of artificial respirators in our hospital systems. Here’s a chart I borrowed from Business Insider showing how the Coronavirus compares to the flu according to data acquired by the CDC in China:
The troubling part about this disease is that we are likely stuck with it now going forward, in the same way that we’ve been stuck with the flu year after year as a norm. So if you’re young, healthy and feel that the coronavirus doesn’t concern you because you’ll probably just end up with mild symptoms, please think of your grandparents and other vulnerable people who you may end up spreading the disease to as well. We need to look out for each other right now by looking out for ourselves and for our personal hygiene.
To all of my readers out there and to all of my fellow bloggers, stay safe and let’s all get through this together. Hopefully, this virus will poke even more holes in the idea that the government need not socialize our systems for the benefits of the working class, because it only takes one pandemic like this to endanger the livelihood of so many good people (while the rich have nothing to worry about.)