As Manitoba heads into the third wave, it’s not only politicians whose leadership is being questioned, it’s now the medical experts – the doctors, the ones in charge of relaying public health information.
When I realized the scientists aren’t presenting any, you know, science and connecting dots to put us at ease, I found the updates to be pointless. If all they do is just come out and recap the cases and where people are infected, I’m not sure we need a doctor doing that. This is where the perception comes in that the doctors are puppets of the government. That’s not what I’m suggesting, but I understand how the public feels that way.
I appreciated the American press conferences last year where doctors came out with charts, graphs and diagrams, and actually explained things to the people.
The information might not have been relevant for us in Canada but it gave us insight into the virus and what was happening down south. I’m not sure we’ve had the same education from Canadian doctors — ever. And I don’t mean doctors in general, I mean the mouthpieces put forth to speak at the regional pressers.
I’m staying away from people. I’m wearing my mask. I’m washing my hands. That’s the best I can do. If others aren’t, it’s not my problem. Sure, their actions can have implications on my health, but that’s why I’m avoiding others at all costs.
Their actions mean stores and other businesses will shutdown in my neighbourhood and freedom as we know it won’t return to normal, but I’ve gone over a year living this way so it’s kind of become comfortable at this point.
I’m not counting down the days until I can get a vaccine, nor will I post a look-I-just-got-my-driver’s-licence-type pic to show my vaccination certification. At the end of the day, I’ll still have to wear the mask, I’ll still have to stay away from people, and all the same stores and businesses will be closed to me just as they are for anybody who hasn’t been vaccinated.
I’ve come to terms that this isn’t going away any time soon and I guess, as weird as it is to say, I’m OK with it. Is it ideal? Of course not. I’ve figured out how to live a restricted life and it’s not that problematic for me.
As a member of the media, I still provide my essential service and am free to travel. I’m not complaining about being locked down at home because if I wanted to go somewhere, I could. For the sake of public health, I stay put so I’m not contributing to the problem.
My summer will be staying away from people and enjoying the outdoors, bonding with our new puppy, and relaxing with cocktails in the backyard. Isolation life doesn’t have to be a negative thing. It’s what you make of it.