I am breaking into the regularly scheduled program of Advent Calendars with this rude interruption of a post. I honestly have to get this out of my system. Later today I will resume our gratitude and kindness but for today there is a rant coming on. This time, unlike The Rant! (which was just a frustrated reveal of working in a public health care system and making due), it’s a shove at the government, the premier and many citizens of our province that are making choices that impact us all.
I mean what the bloody hell are we doing here? I think Stephen Lewis nailed it in his opinion piece here at http://cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/analysis-steven-lewis-pandemic-evidence-covid-1.5821978.
In a nutshell — the Premier was avoiding making any decisions based on scientific evidence. In essence making
no bad weird decisions and that has the doctors, nurses and other health care providers facing increased pressures and some citizens facing serious health risks . One asks what the economy will really look like with worst case scenario numbers happening? The medical world is spinning out of control.
The death toll in our tiny little province (not by land mass but by population) has skyrocketed. We went from 45 to 105(when I started this post it was at 91 and it is now at 105) really in the blink of an eye. These aren’t statistics – these are people’s spouses, parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters and friends. These could be our next door neighbours.
But apparently, according to those that attend rallies and alight Twitter with nonsense, this is all just blown out of proportion. People have comorbidities so they die of Covid. Again, quoting them, we should all stop watching CBC because it is fake news and it’s a conspiracy. So it’s ok to gather 300 people without masks because it’s a personal right to be able to express our views? Only 2 people were fined. I wonder how much Covid was spread?
Premier Moe was publicly on the record as stating that he thought family gatherings would be able to be opened back up but then a few days ago he backtracked big time and locked down households. Now on the other hand feel free to meet ALL of your family at the mall or perhaps go to a movie where you can mingle in the foyer and sit 6′ apart in the theatre. That works or perhaps two or three tables worth of friends at the bar or restaurant? Or plan a formal gathering of 30 at a banquet facility so eating and drinking together are ok as long as you finish up by 10 pm. Or you can always meet up at a big box store and block the aisles while you all stand and chat. Sports minded and want an inside gathering no worries as 8 of you can train together. Hold that shopping on boxing day as that is restricted but storm those stores now as there is no limit.
Don’t get me wrong. There was definitely a need for more measures and some need to protect the economy but I am not convinced that the decisions are reflect the sciencet. I feel I have to do my part to uphold them. But it makes no sense why two families that have severly curtailed outside interactions down to curbside pick up and 2 jobs amongst the 4 adults can’t see each other. So it’s a real mixed message. Perhaps I am just rationalizing why we should keep seeing our grandchildren and have Christmas together.
I read a very articulate post this morning called With freedom comes responsibility …. Social responsibility to do the right thing for our health care system and for our neighbours.
I’ve thought long and hard about whether or not to even publish this but in the end I am going to. Perhaps some day one of my children will stumble upon it and know that we felt anguish over the apparent decision to favour one versus another when really it was the risk factors of jobs and lifestyles. Perhaps our grandchildren will read this decades hence and realize why they didn’t see Uncle S and Auntie L for so long. It breaks my heart that the little guy doesn’t know them like his big sister does.
I’ve also come to the conclusion that this whole thing is like the dreaded group work assignment at school. You all know the one – 6 students 1 subject 1 report 1 mark to be shared by all. Yeah that group work where 1 went to Mexico for the duration, 1 to Edmonton, 1 to Palm Springs, 1 moved in at the farm and couldn’t break that bubble and so 2 of us were left holding the report together. Yeah that group work where not everyone plays on the same playing field but gets the same mark. Ah but here’s the rub; their mark might come up Covid positive and mine not. There is always that possibility. #unfiltered (but run by my in house editor).