Sitting Duck (‘Rona #22)

There is a rock (glacial erratic) in the field behind our property. It is about the size of a small house and is a favourite resting spot for many species of birds. This year the coveted ‘peak’ is being hotly contested by a group of male mallard ducks, a pair of Canada Geese, some magpies and a hawk.

If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands.
– Douglas Adams –

The hawk seems to be at the top of the pecking order, though I haven’t seen what happens if the hawk were to challenge the Canada Geese. I think the Geese would win.

At any rate, the ducks make me think of the term ‘Sitting Duck’. Most of the time that is what they do after they have established which duck goes where. Watching them, and the bird power-plays, was ever so easy to do during our 14 days of Canadian Covid quarantine.

A few days after the quarantine ended, we visited our doctor for our semi-annual tune up. His advice – don’t be fearful, social distance, wash hands – but venture out into the world to do things as the lock downs are lifted. He explained that though we are in a higher risk age group, we do not have the comorbidities that would make us ‘sitting ducks’. After 2 months of being relatively isolated, we could, however, face a downward spiral in health if we stay in lock-up. (Staying at home and waiting for a vaccine is not a preferred lifestyle choice, in his opinion.)

In Canada, as in many countries, the Covid ‘sitting ducks’ were the frail elderly. Almost 70% of those who died in hospitals in Canada were over the age of 80. 95% of the deaths in hospital were people over the age of 60. (Worldwide, the death rate in many countries tells a similar story).

Many of the elderly were living in seniors facilities that were in lock-down mode, but the essential service care-givers apparently brought the virus in.

But all the wonderful protocols on paper cannot mask some of the persistent challenges in care facilities, chief among them residents’ great vulnerability to infection because of their underlying health conditions, and their intense dependence on staff such as personal support workers, who can be vectors for transmission. Complicating the response is that many workers juggle shifts between various facilities and their pay and benefits are so abysmal that they are reluctant to take time off if they are sick.
– The Globe and Mail –

We still have one aged relative in ‘lock down’ mode in a seniors housing complex. Her stories give me the renewed ambition to never give in to suggestions from family members to move into one of those places (in the hopefully distant future) …

The Covid memes have slowed down to a trickle, but here are a few of the most recent ones.

Today’s Weather?  Room temperature.

 

All My Virus Posts (and lots of funny things) are here: The Lighter Side of Covid-19.

19 thoughts on “Sitting Duck (‘Rona #22)

    1. The ‘crying’ aspect is exactly what our Doctor is dealing with in spades with his patients. He is on the front line now helping people pick up the pieces of a ‘cure’ that is looking worse than the disease.

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  1. I swore, after watching my father’s mental and physical health deteriorate over 8 months in a ‘long term care facility’, I would never go into one (I’ll walk out into the forest and just lie down and die first!) I like your doctor’s common sense advice; I went out to two non-grocery stores and a garden centre yesterday for the first time and understood how prisoners must feel upon release from jail!!!

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    1. I suppose one of the upsides to the virus is the big push in online shopping. While we were in quarantine, The Car Guy was doing groceries and arranging all sorts of other things from the comfort of his chair. This bodes well for letting seniors age in their homes, rather than a facility!
      We’ve gone a few places too and found that, for now, social distancing is easy to do.

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  2. The pencil is used to rewind the tape, or to get the tape roll that has been taken out by kids back into the tape. Nope, not elderly. But I did grow up with tapes and a tape recorder. They still aren’t extinct.

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    1. Audio cassette tapes became available in North America in about 1964 – 56 years ago! Elderly is all in the eyes of the beholder, I guess!

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      1. I guess they did but I still grew up with them and I’m under 30. Though we eventually got CDs. And dual cd/tape recorder players. We had some really fun tapes that we would listen to with childrens songs. Nostalgia paints it as awesome.

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  3. Starting to break loose and it feels good!! It would even feel better if Manitoba opened up the borders and we could head to the cabin. Apparently, if and when we get to go to our cabin we will have to isolate for 14 days again. At least there I can isolate in my kayak!

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    1. The Manitoba website says: The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba is 290, no new cases since May 12. Deaths are 7, none since May 5… in a population of 1.2 million people…
      It looks like Manitoba is easing up on restrictions and hopefully you can pack your bags and spend the summer at the cabin as usual!

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      1. Saskatchewan opened up the north eastern corner of the province this week. We can go to within a couple miles of Flin Flon to Creighton Sask. You can’t go north of the 53rd parallel. FF is north of the 54th. People from the southern part of the province who went north last weekend were reported and were fined. We can’t hide with Alta. plates on the car. I just have to be patient. I appreciate that Manitoba is trying to keep everyone as safe as possible.

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        1. So much for ‘we’re all in this together’ in Manitoba … sure glad that Canada welcomed us home with a smile and just the requirement to quarantine.

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  4. Well Margy – I like your doctor’s thinking on what you should do going forward. He sees you two as healthy and exercising by walking, photography, etc. so that is encouraging. I see his point. I went out today to run a few errands and that is the first time for a face-to-face encounter with anyone in a business setting since March 16th – the rest of the time I’ve only spoken to people on my walks and been masked up. I was wary … I hope to be better going out the next time by following your doctor’s advise.

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    1. The choice to wear a mask or not varies a lot from place to place. What is consistent is social distancing and hand washing! Lock-downs will vary a lot too from place to place, as will best practice based on a person’s health issues. So many things to consider – but being fearful and staying locked up at home might not be the best choice for everyone when their town/city thinks it is safe to venture out.

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      1. I put away the camera for one month as I didn’t want to be fumbling around my face. I resumed using the point-and-shoot on May 1st, but have not returned to the DSLR which I only use on weekend walks. Too many bad stats in Michigan. My park where I walk daily is still closed per Order of the Mayor due to the high incidences of death and cases due to COVID-19 in our city. My walk is the best part of the day for me.

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  5. I have a set of in laws in a nursing home and they are in a total lock down. We have told my parents, (who are still in their own home) to stay in their home as long as they can!
    Love that last meme! Never saw this coming 5 years ago.

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    1. I’ve heard a lot of people say they are just so done with Covid. They hope they get it, that they don’t get too sick and they can get on with their life!
      I think this virus will be an important decision making event for many people who were considering a move into a seniors complex of some sort.

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      1. I think you are so right! I have a 90 year old uncle still in his own home. He had been thinking of going to assisted living as he is widowed. He told my mom he is so grateful he did not as he would be stuck there and not allowed to drive around or go for walks.

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