Self isolation, social distancing

Current events have started to hit home, but it still feels very surreal, like I’m in a dream or watching a movie. Before this year, terms like self-isolation and social distancing were foreign to many of us, and pandemic commonly referred to the co-operative board game. Before last month, hoarding toilet paper, disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, and over-the-counter medication seemed odd and over-the-top (though it still seems a little extreme to me) and pre-emptively cancelling travel plans seemed like paranoia paralysis. Before the end of last week, many parents were thinking about missed school days due to strike action, but not really about the possibility of missing the rest of the school year — until the kids came home with all of their belongings from school on the last day before March Break. Before the start of this week, a complete closure of retail stores, restaurants and bars, community libraries and centres, and everything else seemed unimaginable. And up until then, we had planned on going to Florida for vacation in April. Now that is hardly on our list of priorities, and looking to be impossible anyway.

Has it only been two days since Ontario declared a state of emergency, and a day since the closing of the US-CA border to non-essential travellers? With everything suspended and everyone home (and fighting colds), it feels like it’s been weeks. And I thought 2019 was crazy enough, with the protests in Hong Kong, the plane being shot down in Iran, finding mice in our kitchen and mould on the ceiling at our tenant’s house, and leaving my career for a role at the church (worth another post) by the end of the year! 2020 certainly started off with a bang: the protests in HK were were soon overshadowed by this novel coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, and the 9 days of missed school due to the strikes is nowhere near the number of missed school days due to this.

I know people who feel like this chaos is a little extreme, but I’m in the camp that we should protect those who have weaker or compromised immune systems and to avoid being a carrier or infecting the already vulnerable by staying away from crowds and avoiding cross-contamination from associating with many different groups of people. So yes, I support the work-from-home / work-remotely movement. Regardless, I know God is in control so I don’t need to be a slave to fear.

Ironically, a few positives have come out of it:

  1. Pollution has improved in China and other parts of the earth where COVID-19 has hit hard.
  2. Our communities and neighbourhoods have stepped up to help each other more than usual.
  3. This has forced churches to go online and connect with people in other ways! (about time and I’m really excited about getting the church up and running with technology)

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: