COVID19 has changed our world. As we sit in our homes, busy lives disrupted, social world cancelled, but healthy, how many ask, is this necessary, while others wonder why we are not globally isolating. There are two extremes, panic and complacency. Neither are healthy. It is the media’s job to report on what is happening and society tends to be more interested in traumatic events creating a sense of panic and urgency. At the other end of the spectrum there are complacent people that believe there is nothing to worry about, it won’t happen to you. Everything in life needs balance and this pandemic is no different. Balance lays between panic and complacency. COVID19- do you know?
COVID19 – Do you know?
If we know the facts about what something is, we can take precautions, if we understand why those precautions are taken, we feel less uncertain, and when we have both knowledge and understanding we reduce the anxiety which creates fear and panic.
The biggest problem with the COVID-19 virus is that our health care system can not accommodate all the people that could require intensive medical care if they are infected. Many people have the virus and will experience mild to moderate cold like symptoms but for others with respiratory problems it can be fatal. The shut down of services, travel, schools, and events are to protect those most vulnerable and reduce the risk of spreading the disease and overloading the medical system. This is what flattening the curve means.
Fear comes from not knowing, uncertainty, and failure to understand what is happening and its consequences. Nothing in life is certain but we can make better decisions about how we navigate this world with proper information. Wishart Brain and Spine Law looks at the Public Health Agency of Canada site for guidance for keeping our staff and clients healthy. Keeping with our business and client practice, we choose to look at this from a place of comfort, compassion, care, to help educate, understand and reduce fear for our staff, clients and their families.
Please listen to Dr. Peter Lin, a family Physician, speak in this video link explaining the Coronavirus.
What we know:
- Covid-19 started from a live animal virus transmitted to a person and is now spreading person-to-person through infected bodily fluids from sneezing – nasal, coughing – mouth and lungs. Referred to as droplet contact.
- This is a new virus, so our bodies have not yet built up defensive antibodies.
- Symptoms are fever, sneezing, sore throat, breathing difficulty. These symptoms can mimic a common cold or flu. Symptoms will appear 2 to 14 days following exposure.
- Facemasks are only effective if they fit properly – snug and secure around the mouth and nose. Please use them if you are caring for someone sick or feeling unwell.
- Good hygiene helps to prevent the spread of the virus. Use soap and water, and a diluted bleach mixture on surfaces like taps, doorknobs, light switches, cabinet handles.
- Washing your hands for 20 seconds, covering your sneeze, blowing your nose with tissue and then promptly discarding it, and covering your cough with your arm are the best ways to prevent the spread of the virus.
- Do not touch your eyes, mouth or nose and do not share food, drinks or utensils.
- If you have travelled outside of Canada, a 14 day self quarantine is suggested and required in some areas. You will be advised when you arrive at customs.
- Follow the government guidelines for large gatherings or crowds which prevents transmission of the virus.
- If you are feeling ill or are experiencing cold like symptoms, self isolate until symptoms are completely gone (without the use of medication) including a cough.
- Seek professional medical attention if your symptoms are severe. Call ahead of your arrival to doctor’s offices or hospitals so they can prepare for your arrival.
- Self isolation has been set for 14 days, for those in close contact with the sick, because that is the longest incubation period for other similar coronaviruses, and it is proven to be an effective way to stop transmission.
- Be prepared if someone in your house gets sick. Refer to the Government of Canada be prepared factsheet.
- Stay home unless necessary.
A healthy individual has a much smaller chance of becoming seriously ill or dying from an infectious disease, but they are also carriers. Think about how many times you have gone to work under the weather and been able to function? Those are considered mild symptoms, but you are contagious to others who may not experience your illness the same way.
Your immune system creates the antibodies to fight disease but that requires exposure, time and the body needs to be strong, and capable. Is your grandmother, friend with a respiratory disease, cancer, or that person with a spinal cord injury capable?
As schools, daycares, group homes, and after school activities cancel, stress builds. Who will look after my children so I can work? Service industry businesses are closed to prevent the spread and there is no income for people that are already living paycheck to paycheck. Will the landlord terminate my lease if I can’t pay? Will I miss my car payment or insurance payment? How do I eat? What will happen to home care support? Many of us are all in the same situation.
Ask your employer to work from home to accommodate childcare or home care needs. Discuss adjusting office time to longer hours and fewer shifts where family care needs can be shared with other employees. Ask to bring your children to work with you. There are ways we can make this work. Ask for company meetings to address the concerns and solve the problems collectively.
If money is a concern spend only on things you need. Do not panic buy, it will take money that could be used for other essential expenses if you do get sick, or support payments are delayed. There will be food, there will be water, you may not be eating like the magazine pages, but you will eat.
Make minimum payments on your bills. Phone utility companies, credit card companies and explain your situation and set up payment plans. If you communicate with your lenders, they will know that you have intent, will advise you, help you budget and make notes on your accounts to protect your credit ranking.
When we get back to work keep your financial commitments. There will be jobs and opportunity after the closures.
Financial disruptions are real concerns and the government and banks will have no choice but to address the problems. This is why we elect people that we trust to look after us when we are in crisis.
If you’re not experiencing financial concerns, please consider a donation to your local foodbank and charities. They will help those in the community with direct needs.
Look at what you can do
Think about what you are reading and seeing in mainstream and social media about COVID19, is it helpful or is it creating stress, anxiety, panic. If it is not helping, stop reading or turn it off. Be thankful we have time to prepare, tornado, and earthquake victims get no warning.
If you are self employed get creative. Fitness teachers can go outside to host a class or training session, offer a live social media workout. If you are a wedding caterer offer home delivery meals, especially to seniors, and the sick. People employed in the arts can offer to livestream to homes with pay per view or ask for donations.
Meet with your friends on group video calls. You can all watch the same movie from home, make the same dinner and sit around and eat together. The best part of dining at home is no one is drinking and driving so you can have that glass of wine with your friends.
The reality is that no one is travelling, dining out, shopping, holidaying, attending concerts or sporting events, you’re not missing out on anything. You now have time to clean the closet, paint the walls, read that book, or do that puzzle that you wished you had time for. Binge watch with your family that series you have heard so much about. Take the time you have been wishing for, with less running around, nothing on the calendar, those stay at home moments that are never available.
Wishart Brain and Spine Law practices holistic law which means that in addition to representing your legal case we believe your recovery process includes your overall well-being. Our legal team is working remotely during the COVID19 pandemic but you will still receive the same care, service and attention we provide daily to our clients. If you are a client and are feeling uncertain about what this pandemic means for you, please contact us directly. Your lawyer will explain the effects shutdowns will have on your legal process. You do not need to have any doubts or concerns, that your claim is not moving forward. This blog does not replace professional medical advise, or information about your health and finances, it is for information purposes only. If you are experiencing severe symptoms you must seek professional medical attention immediately. If you have been injured or are assisting someone with a traumatic injury in need of legal representation, please contact us for a free consultation.