Yes hindsight is 20/20 and its easy to play the blame game after the fact. But this is different. Our borders have been overrun by a yet controlled pandemic unprecedented in modern times. One that will, by the time you read this, have infected over 32.5 million people worldwide. And killed more than a Million! Now, with a second wave about to hit, these numbers will rise exponentially. So what has your country done to protect you?
Check out the day-to-day changing Covid-19 numbers for your country. Simply point to where you live on the World Map. At https://covid19.who.int/
The Covid-19 Pandemic has touched all our lives. No matter where you live, you have felt its effects. Yet some countries have handled this contagious virus better than others and some very poorly to say the least. So where does your country rank? In your mind, has your country done all they could do?
Are they? Did they? Make the right decisions in order to mitigate the threat of this horrible contagious disease? Have they done enough to protect you, your family and loved ones or have they failed miserably, even perhaps, costing many lives needlessly as a result.
Every country became an island unto themselves when their borders couldn’t hold mother natures deviation.
How did your country respond?
MISTAKES WERE MADE
The pandemic mistakes that were made by WHO, by Country and Nation, by leaders and Governments, politicians and health administrators alike — Are not your usual ‘oops sorry we’ll do better next time’ forgivable misjudgment’s. No, in hindsight, they were monstrously grave errors, ones that cost people their lives, their jobs, their sanity. In fact, the whole bloody infected world is now suffering in part because of them.
So what about where you live? Your country. Your home. In your mind, did your leaders do enough, take the proper steps and do all they could to ensure the safety of you, your family and your loved ones? And what about now, today, as the second virus wave is about to hit — is your country ready? Do you feel safe?
There are perhaps, similar bones of contention between nations when it comes to handling the pandemic.
How many of these (if any) make your list?
- My Government was too slow in responding.
- More concerned about the (their) economy than public safety.
- Should of shutdown their borders at the very start of the pandemic.
- Airports were left open way too long including access to people from infected countries.
- Our health-care workers were not properly equipped both in space and equipment.
- Public lockdown should of occurred sooner. Lasted longer? Still today?
- Violators of health-care restrictions should have been/should be, more severely dealt with.
- Nation wide testing was, or still is, woefully inadequate.
- Mixed messages from leaders and health advisories alike caused public confusion.
- Our Government has reopened much and too soon.
Many on the list, I accuse my own country of being in violation. Though perhaps not as guilty as some, I still have questions and reactions to my own governments attempts at reactive safeguards. Some of which in my mind either were implemented too late, or still, not at all.
When I first took notice of the developing virus in Wuhan China, the issue, though still somewhat localized, was spreading uncontrolled. Well before the World Health Organization (WHO) declared it a pandemic with over 118,000 cases known in over 110 countries (and what took them so long?) one could already predict the potential danger.
Here at home in Canada, our top health advisers in cooperation with our countries epidemiologists, although in recognition that a pandemic was likely imminent, made some curious public announcements.
Canada, was not going to strongly enforce its borders since statistics say that is a monetary waste of time. A What? Instead, we were going to fight the virus — Once ‘inside’ our Borders! Say what now?
Call me crazy, but when your castle is under siege, isn’t it prudent to fill up the moat, lift the gate and batten down the hatches to keep the invaders OUT! Do everything possible to keep them from breaching your fortifications because if they do get in? Isn’t it pretty much — game over!
But instead, they chose to rely on statistics, data, maybe even prognostications and computer simulations who knows? They went on air trying to sooth public concern with rhetoric about how awesomely prepared they were, how they have cleared room in our hospitals, readied our health care workers and how ready they were to tackle this pandemic when it got here.
Yes! When it got here! Not if?
So our borders remained a sieve. Our airports banned no one including those from Wuhan and other already infected countries. Their only meager defense was to hand out questionnaires; Do you have a fever? Feel sick? No? Then Welcome to Canada and come on in!
This to me of course was laughable, infuriating! What the hell are they doing I asked! They’re practically inviting this pandemic into our country! And so, it did arrive! With the equivalent of a flyswatter for defense, the pandemic poured in unabated across our borders and is still reeking havoc with infections, sickness and deaths today. Oops, sorry? — I don’t bloody think so!
There have been other questionable Canadian health authority mishaps as well. Like the wearing of masks. For a long time Dr. Tam our top government health agency representative said masks do not prevent contagion and give a false sense of security when wearing one. She didn’t recommend it.
Yet today, not only is she recommending we all wear masks when out and about, but by law now the wearing of masks is mandatory in almost every place of business. Both for employees and for customers. So now Canada, although late for the party, is finally catching up to most of the rest of the world who’ve been wearing masks right from the very beginning! Oops Again! My Bad!
Even today, our handling of the virus has me shaking my head in confusion at times. Here at home, the so-called ‘second wave’ of the virus has arrived with infectious cases on the rise, and dramatically so. The government, in lieu of these dramatic increases, warns of a possible return to mandatory business lockdown and public isolation if the curve continues this upward swing. And in my mind, rightfully so!
Yet even while these grave warnings are being issued, and daily by our health advisory spokespeople, businesses continue to re-open with government blessings? And just today, word has come that Casinos are re-opening for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Casinos! Are they mad?
Colleges, Universities, even public schools have already re-opened and infectious cases of Covid are already starting to show among our children. Businesses, bars and recreational facilities now open and now Casinos as well. Yet all the while cases of Covid increase daily, spiking the upward curve ever alarmingly to the point of a possible re-lock down of everything.
We’ve already suffered through months of social isolation, economic damage, and employers forced to shut out employees. Now after enduring all this they’re going to ask us to do it all over again because oops, sorry, we started reopening too soon? Their misjudgment is infuriating since plenty of examples exist from other countries’ failed re-openings. And a second wave stronger than the first was predicted.
UNITED WE STAND DIVIDED WE FALL
Yes, the world economy is suffering. Yes, the public is weary of isolation, social distancing and wearing masks. And yes we all want to return to how things were before the pandemic. Yet in order to achieve this, mankind must do what’s rarely been done before! Unify as one people in cause towards one goal — The control and eventual eradication of a worldwide pandemic!
But without a globally committed social conscious and moral obligation to our fellow man, there surely will be more, perhaps many more who will suffer, become infected, even die. And not only in my country, but all around the world.
Those divided from our common goal, who choose not to cooperate and instead selfishly stand in opposition, in indifference, in disregard of the people dying around them — have made our attempts at achievement, that much harder.
Whereas defeating this virus depends on unity, those who refuse to follow restrictions and health authorities have now themselves become an infection. An infection within an infection! Is it not time we handled them so? Is it not imperative that we do so now and with haste?
This is not a fight the world can win socially divided and many lives hang in the balance. Yes, I believe in freedom of choice, in individual rights, but not when their actions are a threat to the rest of the population. And make no mistake, their nonconformance is very much a threat to the rest of us. There’s no room for selfish cries of personal rights in the face of a pandemic. And certainly not in one that can — and does kill!
The situation you find yourself in today, has a lot to do with your governments response to the pandemic in your country. Depending on where you live, Canada’s missteps might seem pretty trivial. Many countries are much worse off. Covid in the USA for example seems totally out of control with more than 7 million diagnosed cases. India, just surpassed the 6 million mark.
Countries with strong leadership, who exhibited sound judgement and applied a solid unwavering plan of prevention fared much better. And in most cases still are. Do you live in one of these countries?
Or was your country slow in reacting, making many errors of misjudgment along the way?
Has your government gravely mishandled the 2020 pandemic?
Do you have a sad story to tell?