The quiet is broken by a pair of geese who land on the grass. The road traffic noise is an intermittent rumble. The sun feels warm and a sense of peace should be present.
But instead I feel a quiet outrage at some people of this city. The ones who had the audacity to host an anti mask rally in front of the Vimy Memorial. Of all locations that they would chose this one to complain about a public health order. One that pales compared to why that very memorial exists. No one has asked them to give up their life for their beliefs like the men who went off to war and never came home. Indeed if they end up with Covid19 due to their own
stupidity negligence stupidity health care teams will fight to save their lives. No one will turn them away despite the fact that they think it is all a hoax and that the government is trying to control us.
We wear seat belts and will receive a ticket if we don’t. I can tell you personally from years as a trauma nurse that there are other consequences to not wearing your seat belt; indeed it can claim limbs or lives. But usually it is your own limb or life.
Public health guidelines keep us safe when we eat out with specifics about food handling. An outbreak of salmonella brings a huge backlash to the owner of the food service and loads of negative social media output. A preventable occurrence.
Yet because it’s an inconvenience and because it’s “restricting” our choices people are just whilly nilly blatantly ignoring the public health guidelines. Not everyone of course but it doesn’t take many to change the numbers in the wrong way.
With the variants of concern (VOC) spreading farther, faster and hitting younger people this sort of event above could be the tipping point. Look where Ontario, BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan are right now. The actual numbers are scary and the projections will see the health care system implode. Yet these people feel that it doesn’t matter.
How wrong they are. What we all do matters in a huge way. Each choice that every person makes has and have an impact. Choose wisely. Because here is the “rub” – while Covid19 may not kill more people yearly than heart disease, stroke and cancers it means that there is no room at the “inn” when those other health concerns strike.