If it isn't one damn thing it's another.
Reduce your carbon footprint. Reign in needless consumption. Do this, do that and, when you're finished doing that, do this other thing. It ain't the freewheeling 80s any more.
So now we're being asked to wash our hands several times a day. Sporting events, concerts - give 'em a pass. Those who can, work from home. The Guardian has a helpful piece on how to convert that corner of your apartment for office Skype sessions. That'll come in handy when they start shutting down the schools (Seattle did that today) and somebody has to mind the kids.
It's not so much that you're going to keel over if you don't. It's that this virus business is going to put an immense strain on our healthcare system. It too is structured for optimal efficiencies. Whether it meets them or not is another matter. However it's not particularly resilient and it can break down. When it does, it's not just virus victims in jeopardy.
That was the message last week from Dr. Daniele Macchini, an Italian physician whose lengthy Facebook post was published in a local newspaper, translated into English and circulated on social media.
"And there are no more surgeons, urologists, orthopedists; we are only doctors who suddenly become part of a single team to face this tsunami that has overwhelmed us," he wrote.
Three professors from the University of Milan also sent a letter warning doctors in the rest of Europe to "get ready," because 10 per cent of patients who test positive for COVID-19 end up needing intensive care.Since we're losing the war to staunch the spread of Covid-19, the focus becomes on managing the problem, "flattening the curve."
"This situation is like a bomb that explodes, and you're simply overwhelmed by an incredible number of patients," another Italian physician, Dr. Giacomo Grasselli, told the CBC News Network this week.
"If you can slow it down enough and flatten the curve, so the same number of people get infected, but over a much longer period of time, then ... what you're allowing is that the capacity will not be exceeded," said Dr. Anand Kumar, a critical care physician at Winnipeg's Health Science Centre.
"And that protects the community, so that an ICU bed will be available when it's needed."
...Most healthy people will experience a mild COVID-19 infection because their immune system will protect them. But so far, the experience in Italy and China suggests that as many as 10 per cent of people infected can require critical care.You aim to modulate the population infected so that you don't have too many people in need of finite medical assistance at any one time. Covid 19 is a threat to your health but it may be an even greater threat to the resilience of Canada's healthcare system. Precautions that, at first blush, may seem excessive, even alarmist may be anything but.
That creates an urgent need for beds in intensive care units, along with ventilation, dialysis and other life support technology. It also requires qualified health-care specialists to manage patients — excess capacity that Canadian hospitals just don't have.