This is not the flu



Today I heard from my friend in England. A month ago they were like us and today they are repurposing stadiums to act as hospitals and in Italy they are using ice rinks as storage for bodies.

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And yet on Sunday I saw a couple of dozen teenagers hanging out together, blissfully unaware of what they were doing. I did have a respectful chat with them but I could tell that it didn’t really go in.

Those who know me will recognize that I try to put a little humour into the point I’m making, but in this case there is none. This is not the flu. This disease will kill many of us. Echinacea will not protect you from it, any more than nosegays protected against the Black Death. If you do not follow the protocols set out, you and the people you love will get seriously ill or die.

As a professional I recognize when something is BS and when it is not. We are blessed to have highly trained people around the world looking after us, some of whom have died because of this disease but who bought us time with their experience. Respect that.

Good luck and see you on the other side.

Chester Machniewski P.Eng., Gibsons


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