Here in Ottawa, things have more or less shut down as well. All publicly funded schools have closed for three weeks. Universities have closed their doors and are moving their classes online. Exams have been redesigned for online, or outright cancelled. My martial arts classes have all been cancelled; one set until April 5th, the other indefinitely. Both gyms I can attend have shut down as of today. Folks who can work from home are, if the empty buses and transit stations are any indication.
In Ottawa, at least, it really does seem like the majority of people are taking this quite seriously.
It's an anxious time, sitting at home, watching the world crumble.
Of course, it probably won't be all that bad. Life will stop for about a month, and then resume more or less as normal. Perhaps some folks will have learnt a lesson or two. Too many folks will likely be grieving. But on the whole, life will do what it does.
If we're really lucky, here in Canada we'll look back and everything we did to try and slow the spread of the virus - flatten the curve, as it were - will seem like an overreaction. Which is good. That is the whole point of everything shutting down now; to spare us the mass graves of Iran, or the horrible choices Italian doctors must now make.
I'm quite sad to no longer be teaching my martial arts classes. They really were the highlight of my week. I also understand, though, that it's very necessary. I hope others do too.
It's not for myself I worry. I'm quite healthy, and suffer none of the risk factors. I worry for my father, who's age puts him at a much greater risk. I worry for his girlfriend, who is a bit older than him. I worry for the parents of my friends, and the grief my friends must endure if their parents become a statistic. So while I'm alright, and probably will remain alright even should I contract the virus, I will do the whole social distancing thing as much as I am able.
Unfortunately, only one of my jobs permits me to work from home; my writing job. So, I'm at my work desk as I type this. I am the only person in the office at the moment. I will be having a chat... or sending an email, if no one shows up... asking for permission to stay home for as long as the warnings last.
I doubt I'll get much work done at home, but maybe I'll be able to write a whole bunch. Who knows?
Speaking of writing, I have more to do, so I'll leave off here. I hope you're all safe and healthy and happy.
Wash your hands.