This is the seventh in a series of reflections while I am at home during the COVID-19 pandemic
Hello to readers from around the world. Greetings and well wishes from Toronto, Canada. It is August now and the pandemic rages on, especially in the United States. This has been the strangest summer of my life. I will always remember it as the COVID summer. I haven't been going out much except for shopping, drives and picnics in secluded areas. I have also attended small, socially distanced gatherings in my sister's backyard.
I try to avoid stores as much as possible, especially the ones that are not properly supervised. Many people don't bother read signs or simply ignore them. In a store in my neighbourhood, there is a sign instructing people to wait for someone to exit before entering. I stood and watched people just enter the store without waiting for someone to leave. PEOPLE, PLEASE READ SIGNS, FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS AND WEAR A MASK!
Movie theatres and restaurants are opening up here in the Greater Toronto Area, but i still don't feel comfortable inside. I have dined in an outdoor patio, spaced 2 metres (6 feet) apart from other patrons.
I wear a mask to protect myself and others. I will continue to wear one until this horrible pandemic subsides. Yes, masks are uncomfortable. Yes, I wish I didn't have to wear one. However, I'd rather wear a mask than contract COVID-19 or infect someone else. It's a pain, but it's necessary. I also know that if there is a second wave of the virus, we may face a strict lockdown again.
What's happening in the United States of America is truly a tragedy. COVID-19 is clearly out of comtrol in America and its president has no plan as to how to deal with it. Words can't describe how much I abhor the policies of Donald Trump. His values are not mine. I've been counting the days until November 3rd, when I hope the American people overwhelmingly vote him out of office.
As of today, the COVID-19 death toll n the United States has surpassed 160,000. That's a staggering number. Think about it. Over 160,000 human lives have been lost to this deadly virus in the U.S., which has a population of more than 328.2 million. So, what did the great American leader say about this tragedy? When questioned about the death toll, Trump said, "it is what it is." It is what it is? People are suffering and dying and all Trump has to say is "It is what it is." The man lacks empathy and compassion Have you ever heard him say that he is heartsick about the COVID deaths? Have you ever heard him offer his condolences to their families?
Wherever you are in the world, take care and stay safe. A vaccine is on its way, by as Dr. Anthony Fauci, we still have a long road ahead. However, he predicts that there will be 18 vaccines by the end of 2021. I pray that next year will be a better year for the human race, beginning with Joe Biden's inauguration at high noon on January 20th