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I am finding and probably many others are that we are becoming overloaded with Covid 19 news and coverage. yes it is important to stay informed but many of us including me are becoming obsessed about it like we did about the big flood before or other topics like Sept 11th we are forgetting to live our lives. covid 19 will be around for a couple of years at least. I think for me anyway that I need to start thinking of other things. Positive things or at least not related to covid 19. overloading and obsessing on any topic is not good for mental health and I certainly feel it hasn't been for me. lets get back to potholes and turkeys
Gonna be some irony in how long this post is, but lots of thoughts that are relevant to an important topic you’ve brought up Definitely a lot of info out there but it’s a balance. This is a serious virus and to totally check out could have serious consequences. Imagine having checked out in mid-Aug when Brandon appeared to be on the path to something awful based on how case numbers were ramping up. How would you have learned that that gathering of 11 that one day was allowed now isn’t? How would you have learned that mask wearing went from a great “debate” to that debate essentially being ended and mask wearing required for the good of everyone in this area? Totally get how you can get to a point of overload and it’s super important to keep life and interests outside of Covid (thank you turkeys... flock of at least 16 hanging out on West side of 18th a lot these days!).... but there’s a responsibility to at least stay in the loop on how the immediate community is effected. It shouldn’t have to be a black or white all-in or all-out and IMO if you’re there you need to re-evaluate where you’re getting your info from. The provincial website is an important starting point but even then there’s so much info that an average person with 24 hours in a day has to pick their spots. That’s where the pandemic response system they’ve setup was a good addition: http://www.manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/index.html It drills down to the regional level, is clear on what expectations are in place here along with what’s new. I’d still like to see more specifics on the actual data and markers that impact decisions but if you pick one page to check regularly I’d make that your starting point. The media has also played a real important role in asking questions and putting changes and expectations into context (Brandon Sun has been doing a great job of depth stories and making them free... CBC has provided a lot of necessary stories on local changes though I do wonder how much they’ll be able to keep that up for this market if/when Winnipeg has an outbreak at the same time as us). I find checking recent headlines from the Sun and CBC Manitoba even every couple days doesn’t take a whole lot of effort and ends up with my learning some important stuff. Two things you might want to consider checking out if either have sucked you in: -the never-ending free-for-all fights in comment sections below stories. IMO the source of so much misinfo, anger and division that does nobody any good. Paradox there is that some, knowing others are reading, will feel a responsibility to correct those that are peddling the misinfo but if your day doesn’t allow you to be up to the task or if you find it sucks the energy out of you I don’t think anyone will hold it against you to move onto the next story or website after you read the last word of the story. I know for some that might include some of the Covid threads on here, though I do my best to try to make sure things stay as mature and rational as they can be and find that we have some awesome calming voices of reason on here to keep things from going as far off the rails as some of the free-for-alls you'll see. -the never-ending drama South of the 49th parallel. Lot of scary stuff going on re the virus in that part of the globe, but big-picture so little of it effects what goes on in any given day in small city Manitoba. Life goes on without knowing the latest fight going on in a totally different country. Of course you’re more than welcome to start a thread on anything random and not-Covid on here. Some of the more fun threads over the last six months were just that (“birds are back” comes to mind). For folks commenting that they’re focused on staying in the loop on local, what does your daily/weekly info check look like and how do you strike a balance in staying informed but not being consumed?
I saw that here: https://www.ebrandon.ca/messagethread.aspx?message_id=:1059459&cat_id=:14 Edited by Flutterby, 2020-09-17 21:04:17
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