There are so many answers to this simple question...
One thing that happens is that people suffer, and some die.
Because of Covid, to be sure. But people also suffer or die of trauma from car crashes or slipping on icy sidewalks, of heart attacks and strokes, of kidney infections infections and bowel infections and appendicitis...
... because the hospital is overwhelmed by people who all deserve the best care.
Remember the stories coming out of Italy in the spring?
People who would normally have been cared for and survived, had to be declined care (that means they died) euronews.com/2020/03/19/ber…
Who makes those terrible choices?
Who has to inform families that their loved one has died?
Not MLAs, not the premier, not the Medical Officer of Health, certainly not the Minister of Health.
The entire healthcare team (yes, including the people who work to clean the rooms & laundry, to keep infection at bay) - we all work together to keep that gasping, dying patient alive, or keep them comfortable when it becomes clear that they will not live...
We're not heroes
Can you imagine the toll that takes on a person?
Again: we are not heroes.
ctvnews.ca/health/coronav…
The most frustrating part of all this?
We all watched Italy, New York and other parts of the world suffer the healthcare traffic jam that inevitably occurs when we don't control the spread of the virus...
But we know how to control the spread.
We simply are choosing not to control it this time.
It will take us a long time to get it under control now.
Even with strict lockdown, like in Melbourne...
dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorian-coro…
If we don't control the spread of the virus, more people will get sick - and stay sick - for longer.
We don't even know what "recovered" really means, when it comes to Covid infection... yet.
cbc.ca/news/canada/ha…
The bottom line is that we have to stop this virus.
We have to act.
The greatest error is not to move.
If the government won't lead, each of us as individuals can do it by ourselves, for each other.
DIY Pandemic. Who would have thought?
The good news is that we have done this before.
Remember "Flatten the Curve" in the spring?
We can - we must - do it again.
tomaspueyo.medium.com/coronavirus-th…
Vaccines are on the way.
When they arrive, get vaccinated.
In the meantime, add as many layers of protection as you can to flatten the curve

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Lots of anxiety over this article...
Let's break it down and see what it really means.
cbc.ca/news/health/co…
In case you want to read the original paper, it's here: nejm.org/doi/10.1056/NE…
Basically, the researchers wanted to find out how long the virus was “viable” on surfaces and in the air as an “aerosol”
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"Aerosols" are 5 microns or smaller in size, and float in the air, but “respiratory droplets” tend to be bigger than 5 microns, and drop to the ground within 1 metre of where they come from (your face)
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