Posted by: Brocklanders
I only saw family units and couples out today for the most part. Miles better than yesterday, that was a shit show. Lockdown is coming.
I also think this thing has been around all winter. We had a flu outbreak at work in early Jan where a bunch of people took a week or so off. Haven't seen that kind of outbreak in a few years. We are so closely tied to China here in Vancouver I find it hard to believe that we were immune when this outbreak went down before Xmas. Only hitting us now? Not saying I'm not staying away from people, I am.
Yeah, this is wrong. If COVID was here before Xmas, we would not be this far behind China. What you and your coworkers had was probably influenza. So if you thought that was bad, imagine 20 x more contageous and 2% of you would die. Unless you were in Italy, then it is more like 10%. This kind of rhetoric is damaging to the message that we need to act now. This comment suggests that the infection is being overblown and has been here for a while. This is wrong. We are nowhere near the peak.
If COVID was here in December, we would have been in Italy's shoes. 800 dead in one day! Military trucks taking dead infected bodies out of the city because they have nowhere to store them all.
I have personally admitted 3 patients to hospital this week that I was sure were going to be COVID - all looked pretty shitty with high fevers and respiratory symptoms. All had high ferritin and LDH with normal white blood cell count and low lymphocytes (supposed to be the calling card of COVID). They all had influenza. But we have found COVID in the community, it is going around and unless you isolate, you will perpetuate it. If you want to go riding, stay away from other riders and don't hang out in the parking lot.
Those of you that think that you will be fine, you are probably right. But the pregnant lady, or the guy on chemo or the old lady with COPD or heart failure that you infect won't be so lucky. Be smart. Follow the rules. I have a patient with zero immune system. If they get COVID, they will die. They have been living with no immune system for a year and I have treated them for multiple infections but COVID would probably ravage them and we would have nothing to treat with. Imagine being that person, holed up praying not to be infected and meanwhile your neighbours are acting like it doesn't matter what they do. Think of the people not so lucky as you and follow the damn rules. You will not be the one treating a ward full of COVID patients, that is my job. The least you can do is keep some distance from everyone else.