Unapologetically Canadian
Unapologetically Canadian

Episode 8 · 2 years ago

Solo COVID 19 diary


This is a diary episode of what I am experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic. I don't mention worry, but it's there, as is uncertainty. When I recorded this, I hadn't checked recent stats but we actually now have 1,629 cases of COVID-19 in Quebec, with most of those in Montreal where I live. I'm trying to adopt a positive mindset, get enough sleep, eat well and build good habits. How are you coping? For the show notes, visit

My name is Tracy aeal and I am unapologetically Canadian. This is racial and this week's podcast is about the the unprecedented times that we're now living in, but I'm not going to talk about it in terms of the flu or the fact that we're all stuck inside. introverts like me are perfectly fine and extroverts are struggling because it's really hard to connect to people when you're in not quite quarantine but close. Basically social distancing, although I've noticed that people are now calling it personal distancing and as differentiated from social distancing. And a lot of the tech companies have created platform basically are expanding extending the use of their platform.

So Zoom and Youtube and all of the skype and all of those platforms are allowing people to connect with video, because we're not able to connect at all of our events and things. It also really emphasizes how important just daily routines are. You know person that you talk to at the defender the person. Oh that's the other thing. Seppeners and grocery stores have been recognized as the essential services that they are. Restaurants are starting to deliver to people. Everybody is using the their best initiative to come up with a way to function without seeing each other, but it is it's for social animals like us. It is very, very difficult to keep your distance. It's particularly funny when you go for a walk and the people cross the road or to to not get too close to people and you're sort of waving from a distance to all the people that you would normally stop and chat with. It's a very,...

...very weird time. And this is week two in Quebec of our lockdown. Well, actually we're in going into our third week and this is the first week of a three week lockdown. So at the best case scenario will all be trying to do this for a total of five weeks. For lucky I'm expecting that that will probably be extended because the virus has only just come in to Canada. Were now at four gats in Quebec and I think six hundred some people who have been who have contracted the virus. There's now now, mind you, the testing has only just ramped up. There's now in Montreal a place where you can driving clinic where they can hand to test out to you and make sure that we have enough tests, and so that also is something this because this is an unprecedented time. I did a little bit of...

...research for an article I wrote yesterday about how our ancestors coped with the pandemic and actually, when I was reading it over the sport Toga, realized they didn't actually talk about how they coped. I just talked about what they faced. There were there's been five pandemics and CANDIDAC between confederation and this one, and the worst of them all was the Spanish flue, and reading about that actually makes me feel a bit better now, because they didn't even know what they were facing. So nobody knew to do the social distancing thing. They didn't set up quarantines like now. They didn't have a vaccine for the Spanish flue, but they didn't even know until it was already spread across the country what that what it was, because the war measures act prevented the military from releasing all the all these deaths, and so nobody actually and I'm not sure that they even recognized that it was a single virus until long after it was spread across the country. It actually he's called the Spanish flue. The the... thousand nine hundred and eighteen affidat pandemic was called the Spanish flue because Spain at the time was one of the few countries where there wasn't a war measures censorship going on, and so all of the deaths were actually reported and everybody realized that there was a virus outback. Because of that reporting, the Canadian Press actually was reporting in Spain and then, of course, since they were reporting in about Spain, in Spain, we're both spread to Canada. Otherwise I think the deaths would have been worse, and mean as it was. Sevenzero Canadians died in during that pandemic. So we're far from that and with all the researchs going on, I'm confident that we won't get that far now. In terms of what we're going to you know what, what's what how we can cope with all of this. The first thing is that, of course, after this is over, everybody's going to be fully comfortable with online...

...operations and that's going to help connect us more after this is finished, because we'll be able to restart doing the events that we think matter and and we'll be picking them a little bit more carefully over the next year, because people will be used to having a lot of time on their own. They'll be used to getting enough sleep. Well, accept the parents. Actually, maybe they won't be used to getting it up sleep, but anyway, most people will have changed their life a little bit and they won't want to go back to because now we're all exercising every day and in order to keep saying we're getting outside for a walk if we can every day, we're we're sleeping a little bit more because and we're taking a little bit more leisure time. And so those hubbits will hopefully can create new people that will not be willing to be quite as recall like as they were before. And hopefully at the end of this we'll be able to get back our events and get back our socializing...

...and yet will have mute forms of Fote socializing that everybody in. These are things that I've been experimenting over with with over the last few years. So I've been comfortable. I've been teaching all of my friends how to use zoom and hang out and once they use it, once you use it, you can or go back to just a bring a phone call. I mean, why wouldn't you see the person's face if you wanted to connect to someone? And so video conferencing is going to be much more used. I think people will be picking the travel that they need to do rather than that they want to do. I think that the wind people do travel, that they'll love it, and so I think there's going to be when this particular outbreak is over, assuming that not too many people get sick, then we will have created some habits that will be good for us. And so what I'd like to encourage you to do as we're at you the beginning of this pandemic,... to to think about how you want to build the habits that you're going to continue with and do some of the things that people are recommending, like getting a little fresh air every day and sleeping enough and making sure that you know, you know, keep your immune system boost and eat quality foods. Don't don't how to avoid the junk fruit, although when you're stress it's a lot easier. And I have to say I've eaten worships since the started. That I usually do because chips a might go to stress food. When I do emotional eating, it's usually chips. You know games I emotional eating. That's why chips so but I don't know what your yours is, but I would encourage you to definitely try and limit that as much as possible if you can, and let me know what your experiences are in the common fool.

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