05-04-20 Twins: Pandemic

Sunday 5th April 2020

Just so I NEVER forget…..

Petrol prices at a record low

School cancelled March 15, 2020 except for children of those working in essential services- parents asked to home school.

Zero flights anywhere.

Self-distancing measures on the rise.

Tape on the floors at grocery stores and others to help distance shoppers 2m (6ft) from each other.

Limited number of people inside stores, therefore lineups outside the store doors.

Non-essential stores and businesses mandated closed.

Parks, trails, entire cities locked up.

Entire sports seasons cancelled.

Concerts, tours, festivals, entertainment events – cancelled.

Weddings, family celebrations, holiday gatherings – cancelled.

No masses, churches are closed.

No gatherings of 50 or more, then 20 or more, now 5 or more.

Don’t socialize with anyone outside of your home.

Children’s outdoor play parks are closed.

We are to distance from each other.

Shortage of masks, gowns, gloves for our front-line workers.

Shortage of ventilators for the critically ill.

Panic buying sets in and we have no toilet paper, no disinfecting supplies, no paper towel no laundry soap, no hand sanitizer.

Shelves are bare.

Manufacturers, distilleries and other businesses switch their lines to help make visors, masks, hand sanitizer and PPE.

Government closes the border to all non-essential travel, calls Australians home and makes it mandatory to self isolate for 14 days.

Fines are established for breaking the rules.

Federal Govt hands out biggest financial aid package in Australia’s history.

Private hospital facilities open up for the overflow of Covid-19 patients.

Press conferences daily from Prime Minister Morrison and Health Dept officials

Chief Medical Officer gives daily updates on new cases, recoveries, and deaths.

Government incentives to stay home.

Barely anyone in the street or on the roads.

People wearing masks and gloves outside.

Essential service workers are terrified to go to work.

Medical field workers are afraid to go home to their families.

Only essential businesses allowed to open like fresh food, groceries, pharmacies, Medical centres and Newsagents

Unprecedented applications for Employment assistance as people go without work and businesses close their doors.

They say it started in Wuhan, China at a market. Hundreds of thousands affected, dead, dying, critically ill.

Many recovered.

This is the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic, declared March 11th, 2020.

And today we leave Kingsley with Γιαγιά so that he enjoys baking and we four walk. Walk for hours.