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This is the second part of an ongoing discussion on the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects within the community. This second discussion was started after the initial thread reached a length where it was becoming harder to browse and running slower than I’d like. You can access it and review any time at: https://ebrandon.ca/messagethread.aspx?startnum=1&message_id=1050008&cat_id=14 *********************** With COVID-19 having been declared a pandemic on Wednesday, we are starting to see local impacts as efforts to limit the virus’ spread in the area. The first source for information are pages from the Manitoba and Canada governments and the World Health Organization: Manitoba: https://www.gov.mb.ca/health/coronavirus/ Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html WHO: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 We have an ongoing discussion focused strictly on facts and links to locally relevant developments that can be found at https://ebrandon.ca/messagethread.aspx?message_id=1049926&cat_id=3 As the state of the pandemic and response to it evolves there have been many questions or observations that folks have shown a want to discuss in that thread, which isnt intended for anything other than straight sharing of and linking to facts. This thread is the place for that discussion, with some important ground rules: -facts are king here, and published information from health authorities and medical professionals is taken seriously in that regard. This is neither the time nor place for folks looking to make their mark with conspiracy theories! -posts in this thread should not in any way, shape or form be seen as a substitute for medical advice. The best advice in response to questions is that which directs people to published facts from reputable sources or where most appropriate to those within our medical system who have the expertise to answer based on your own unique situation. -a suspected case by a poster should not be seen as a presumptive or actual case unless verified by proper medical personnel. Details on confirmed cases in the province can be found at the provincial link above. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in ensuring that we have constructive, facts-based discussion on this critical topic
"Curious what you’ve seen as far as people out and what kinds of crowds and lineups you’ve seen. I’ve been shut in for a few days.. all I’ve got is the weather page webcam! " I work retail and I am finding that, while fewer people are coming in to shop, a lot of the ones that are aren’t social distancing. They are standing too close, etc.
Of note on some of the talk about school over the past week, via the BSD update from today absenteeism on Thursday was estimated at 76%.... https://www.bsd.ca/news/pages/update-on-covid-19-from-brandon-school-division.aspx
Had an account sent to me from someone who works at a retailer in the city and if their experience is widespread we still need to get better at distancing. Particular store was described as busier than the lead-up to Christmas… anecdotes being visitors coming into the store with parents letting kids play in aisles and with tons of toys, others coming in and wandering around for great lengths of time only to buy a candy bar. At this point the stores that are open are that way because they sell things that folks need and we should be into “get in, get what’s needed and get out” mode (I recommend with a smile if you're feeling it ). It’s tough because people are social creatures and we have a lot of parents that are getting stretched to balance more than they’re used to with kids out of school..... but the State of Emergency declaration on Friday needs to be the end of the idea of stores being a place to hang out for at least the next 30 days and quite possibly longer depending on what’s decided from there. Folks that are used to the social element of having stores to wander or play need to break the habit for not only their own good but those around them and the staff that work in businesses. I’ve been self-isolated for a good chunk of the week and know that it’s not an easy change especially at first but if it’s any consolation there’s literally an entire globe of billions of people going through or preparing to go through the same thing. It’s only temporary but that social time will have to be swapped out for phone or a FaceTimes with family or friends, reading a good book (try Kindle on your device if you're out of paper editions), online streams, etc etc. Something I’ve really enjoyed is the special “distancing” edition shows that late night comedians are putting out (check YouTube). Or if local’s your thing, start a thread on here asking the craziest most ridiculous question you can think of and let some of our local armchair comedians take it from there You might find an idea or two in the “what are your plans” thread or the “what are you bing watching” threads or maybe you have an idea that you can share in one of those threads that other folks may not have thought of. Hang in there folks, this sounds like it will get worse before it gets better but in following social distancing guidelines we can all play a big part in deciding how bad “worse” is and how strained the medical system potentially gets on the way to “better!”
How can you use the 6ft rule distance if you have alot of people riding the bus?
Very few people ride the bus on a good day, with the exception of a few routes and times. With COVID you can probably have 26 feet of free space if not the bus all to yourself Edited by Jackson67, 2020-03-21 10:55:59
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