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.