We need to take care of ourselves: know the signs that suggest you might be coming down with the virus. Then call your doctor.

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

March 13th, 2020



BREAKING NEWS: At noon: 20 more cases confirmed in Ontario, taking the provincial total to 79.

The Pandemic, something we have not seen in more than 100 years, is upon us.

The biggest tool we have going for us is our own individual behavior.

The covid curve

Individual protective measures are the strongest tool we have at this point. Take care of yourself.

Our different levels of government have the job of keeping us informed.

This is a manageable situation.  Letting any sense of panic prevail is the worst thing we can do.  There is plenty of toilet paper inventory.

Watch for and pay attention to the latest health, safety, and cleanliness protocols to protect yourself.

The evidence seems to suggest that the more vulnerable are at the highest risk. Older people with existing health problems are going to need extra help.  Determine who those people are in your life and make time for them.

At this point our biggest problem for many households is what they are going to do with the kids with schools closed for the next three weeks.

And at the same time – taking care of yourselves.

Limit the time you spend with large groups.  Ontario’s chief medical officer Dr. David Williams says to “avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada” and the “immediate suspension” of all gatherings over 250 people because of the risks of coronavirus.

Wash your hands – often!

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. …
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. …
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
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2 comments to We need to take care of ourselves: know the signs that suggest you might be coming down with the virus. Then call your doctor.

  • Penny Hersh

    If all physicians do this the Emergency Departments of hospitals will be overrun. Who is this physician protecting – his patients or himself?

    If it is his patients he could schedule only set appointments so that patients would not be sitting in waiting rooms with other ill patients.

    How can a physician diagnosis over the telephone, unless the physician will be face timing with their patient?

    For those patients without smart phones I guess they are out of luck and will sit in the Emergency Department for hours on end.

    Does something seem wrong here.

  • Claudette Mancini

    Actually, my doctor called me! His office is closed to visitation, but he’s calling back again for a “telephone consultation.” I expect many doctors will be calling many patients for the same reason shortly. This situation should inspire a whole new batch of editorial cartoons, so laugh and enjoy- if you can! Have already received a funny video from the States, and it’s not about Trump for a change.