While our numbers in B.C. continue to look promising, it is important to recognize that the number of cases across Canada is still increasing. We now have over 35,000 cases nationwide according to the John’s Hopkins data.
As of noon on April 18, 2020, there were 1,647 identified cases in B.C. This includes:
• 987 people declared recovered and released from isolation
• 686 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health
• 680 cases in Fraser Health
• 150 cases in Interior Health
• 97 cases in Island Health
• 34 cases in Northern Health
• 81 deaths
• 60,668 tests complete (latest data as of April 17 at 4:45 p.m.)
I have been asked many times recently if the promising numbers will mean an easing of restrictions within our province. When looking at our numbers I think it is imperative that we realize that the incubation period for the Covid-19 virus is anywhere between 2-14 days and possibly longer. What that means is that our current numbers reflect our dedication to following the social distancing and stay at home guidelines two weeks ago. Over the coming week or so we will know if our measures were successful over the Easter weekend. Now that we have flattened the curve in our province, we need to keep it that way.
In her briefing from April 18, Dr. Henry stated that she does not think we will see any easing of restrictions until mid May. I know that mid May seems a long way off but we need to keep our eyes on the prize. If we reach mid May without the catastrophic loss of life we are seeing in other parts of the world then we can congratulate ourselves on a job well done.
Today’s quote that resonates with me is from the Dalai Lama:
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”
Right know we are living in extraordinarily stressful times and our fear and uncertainty can cost us the ability to be kind. Please try to remember that there are those amongst us who may not have a robust support network or who battle with anxiety or depression on a daily basis. Our words, whether on social media or on the street, can have a profound impact on those around us. In our own fear and anxiety, we can make it oh so much worse for someone else. Now more than ever it is important to weigh our words carefully and to grant ourselves and those around us the grace we all need in uncertain times. For those of us who are struggling to get by, know that there are resources you can access. Please contact Canadian Mental Health Association Covid-19: Stay well in uncertain times at https://cmha.bc.ca/covid-19/ or openmindbc.ca for help. Know that you are not alone and we are here to help.
Dr. Tara Guthrie
On behalf of the Creston Valley Physicians and Medical Staff