You may have wondered where we have been and what we have been up too. We had our magazine photoshoot on the 15th of March and we have been in quarantine pretty much since. To be fair, this season is the best thing that could happen to us. Why you may ask? We needed time to take a break. So in a way, this has been a very much needed and necessary break. The last three weeks have been spent planning, organising, reading, writing, thinking and most importantly, long periods of doing nothing.
It is okay.
Netflix bingeing has also been a favourite part of our homestay. With a love for K-drama, there is no end to what to watch. What have you been up to?
This morning, we finally got up to date with the conspiracy theories behind 5G and the coronavirus pandemic. There is a lot going on I tell you!
For a lot of Canadians, it has been a very stressful time. In America, the number of people unemployed rose by 1.4 million to 7.1 million in March 2020. The White House estimates that 100,000 to 240,000 are expected to die within a few weeks. They have charts and graphs to support their grim trajectory:(
Just this morning, the Surgeon General of the United States – Jerome Adams – issued a stark warning to Americans. He said this week could look like Pearl Harbour. This is how NBC covered it:
‘There have been at least 8,400 U.S. deaths due to the coronavirus pandemic and at least 309,700 cases in the country, according to NBC News. And as the virus continues to spread across the country, public health experts are updating their guidance in the spirit of caution, including a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation for people to cover their faces when they go out in public”.
In Edmonton here, its been just bad. The City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Public Library have laid off thousands of its workforce. Mentally, these numbers are not helpful. When you go to Walmart and Costco, you have to stand in a queue to get in – social distancing – an employee of Costco counting the people coming in and the people going out. This is Walmart policy by the way.
The price of gas at Costco yesterday was 55 cents, but where do you go? A friend called in to say Edmonton Police were stopping drivers with more than two passengers in their cars to enforce social distancing. LCCMedia has not been able to independently verify this.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Jason Kenny have been praised for their efforts at combating this coronavirus. There is a lot of help out there for Canadians. A lot of support. You can read about the Federal response here. If you need food assistance, you can reach the Edmonton FoodBank on this number – 780 425 4190.
The question remains though: in a country of 37 million people, who looks after the undocumented immigrants or those whose paperwork are with Immigration Canada? Just asking.
I just wanted to say hello and how are you?
Let’s stay safe and healthy.