By Dr Clive Warrilow
Imagine you are given a box of Smarties. In the box, three of the 100 Smarties are poisonous and could kill you.
You would keep the box closed. You wouldn’t eat the Smarties. The Coronavirus is like that box of Smarties. We must avoid opening the box.
|Home alone ... Doing our part for combating the modern plague is being stuck at home all alone. Photo by Ali Hajian on Unsplash, and many thanks to Ali and his model and Unsplash.|
Not just me and you. But everyone.
Avoid human contact wherever and whenever possible. Work from home.
Go out only for essentials. If you are over 70, don’t go out at all.
Kids that are home from school, should NOT be visiting friends.
Wash your hands frequently. Keep three feet from other people.
Actively look for breaks in your protective bubble. Seal them.
|Time on your hands ... Well, what do you do all alone at home? Perhaps you could be studying where you'd prefer to be. Photo by Sarvaswa Tandon on Unsplash, and many thanks to Sarvaswa and his model and Unsplash.|
Those of us in the medical profession are going to be at war for the next month or two.
Please help us to prevent having to make horrible choices in the care we provide.
What else can you do?
Support each other. We are social creatures. Staying home is isolating and lonely. Reach out to friends and relatives. Call them. FaceTime them.
Small businesses will be under extreme pressure to stay solvent. Get takeout from your favourite restaurant.
Tip generously. Wash your hands immediately upon entering your house or use hand sanitizer before coming back in.
Look on social media to see ways you can help vulnerable people locally but always respect social distancing.
|The mathematics of epidemics means that acting today will diminish two-thirds of potential cases a week from now.|
The good news
The good news .... and, yes, there is good news. We know from other countries that these actions combined with government solutions such as drive by testing and electronic notification will control this virus. But it will take 1-2 months.
We know that social distancing is the most effective tool.
Our lives will be different afterward. We will have many limitations on our activities until there is a vaccine and better treatments. But these will come.
We live in a wonderful time. The amount of medical papers published on this virus in the last week is staggering. We are learning a lot about it.
We have the ability to communicate our successes and failures fighting the virus instantly and across the globe.
We have sequenced the genome of the virus. Multiple groups are working on vaccines and treatments.
Humans shine when we cooperate. We will see wonderful stories of compassion and resilience. Take strength from them.
We are all used to the Hollywood movie where the superhero flies in at the last moment to save the day. In this movie, we are all superheroes.
Please do your part. Social distance.
- Mitch Shiller MDCM Medical Director Children’s Care Clinic
Associate Chair (Finance) Department of Pediatrics
McGill University / Montreal Children’s Hospital
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