There is a saying in India those who are asleep loose everything, well it sure seems like it now. The entire world is sort of sleeping and boy we are loosing in huge numbers both economically and our fellow humans. This pandemic has shown the human kind that they are not as powerful as they think they are and it’s just a small micro organism that can take down likes of us. Superpower countries like USA, China, UK. & EU have suffered massively due to various reasons but mainly due to their ignorance. Some countries have done exceptionally well like South Korea, Vietnam, New Zealand. Some of the countries like India & Canada have suffered a decent amount of losses in terms of personnel but have managed to avert the crisis situation like we are seeing in Europe & USA. The reason for that is that majority(not all) of the people in these countries have followed their governments and health officials.
I stay and work here in Mississauga, Canada and even though people were out an about in the beginning of March, I saw people following social distancing from as soon as March when the condition was not that bad in the country and it was not that bad even in other parts of the world except China & Italy. Here you can see Costco which is considered one of the biggest grocers in North America setup queues and made sure with proper labels that people were standing at least 2m apart.
Even small Indian Grocers are also helping their customers stay 2m apart and only allowing a few customers in at a time.
A lot of stores in Canada are also doing Curb Side deliveries and those who can are even doing the Home deliveries. Home deliveries have been kind of a challenge here as the sudden increase in demand and very limited amount of man power has lead to very limited availability of Groceries being delivered home. A lot of apps are however trying to increase availability and better manage their workers so that they can deliver as many customers as possible.
However, every thing is not rosy here in Canada even though the curve has flattened for now, we are still seeing consistent number of cases being reported. Every day, People and small business are now facing heat and the burden of closure for all these days but this lockdown would have to be continued a few more weeks at least in major states like Quebec, Ontario & BC. It’s like a bitter pain medicine that needs to be taken so that we can see a painless future. The government here is announcing aid packages for as much of the people in need as possible on almost a daily basis. All Non essential workers have to do is stay home a few more days otherwise what we have seen in the recent days can be the end of our own loved ones.
If we just hang on a few more days Hwy 401 in the picture on the right will soon be bustling and we all would be cursing the jam we get stuck in every day to and from work.
Gas prices can go back to prices that we can’t afford. It’s down 30 cents/ltr and shopping complexes can again be bustling with debt ridden people who will immerse themselves in even more debt after all who doesn’t like the struggles of our daily life(wink).
On a serious note however, I do hope the human kind learns from all this and rather than getting back to our ways of just charging the bull in to our financial markets, we and our governments assess analyze and spend wisely into a safer and better future for our future generation and kidd.