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Well, aren’t we in a mess?

I am in Canada.

Today my college (and all colleges in Ontario) cancelled all in person classes until March 23rd. My college said it will be switching all classes to online for the rest of the semester.

Three of my classes won’t be too much hassle to finish online (there are only five weeks left in the year) but the other two are studio classes. They told us the campus is currently still open so I can go to the studio or workshop to work on my projects, but it won’t be a class for now.

They indicated we would be informed once things are sorted out and set-up for the rest of the semester. I hate waiting for information and answers but I am only one of some almost 14,000 full-time students so I will just have to take a breath and wash my hands, again, and wait.

I’m not sure if I will be able to, or required to, go to work at my student job at the college. Those wages are important – as a student employee I am an hourly employee, with no sick time. Also, my full-time summer job is supposed to start May 1… what happens then?

No one knows how long this is going to last. I’m all for taking every step and precaution possible to slow down the spread of the virus, but how long will it take to get this under control? I think it has been three months since it surfaced in China, and now it is pretty much everywhere.  I know no one has an answer to that…

Canada issued a Travel Advisory today to avoid all travel. So that means my planned road trip down to the states to visit some friends between end of semester and starting my summer job, is most likely not happening.

Over the last week I was face to face with at least a half a dozen sick students who were NOT being careful. First off, they were at school when they should have been home. Secondly, I witnessed many coughing and sneezing around groups of people (in line at the Tim Horton’s for example) without covering their mouths. Thirdly… NOT washing their hands after using the toilet – if they don’t wash them then, they aren’t washing at all. So lord knows, I may have been exposed already.

I worry a bit as I am not under 40 and I have a couple of underlying conditions that seem to be common in those that have died. On the plus side I am healthy and take care of myself so should be resilient. I am being careful, avoiding being too close to people, washing my hands, etc. But hell… not touching your face is HARD!

I went and got prescriptions renewed and filled them yesterday. Today ran some errands and picked up a few groceries. There were more people than usual in the places I stopped, BUT it wasn’t the mass riots seen on the news. Everyone only seemed to have a usual assortment of items and were a lot more conversational than I typically find. Although none of the stores had any toilet paper, hand sanitizer or disinfectant left, there was more coming – there is NOT a shortage of toilet paper.

What is with the toilet paper hoarding? We make the stuff here – all across the country, it isn’t hard to find, and always available. I just don’t understand it?

There is so much information – from downright dangerously wrong to expert official instructions – that is causing overload. It appears it is going to get a lot worse before it starts getting better.

So… be careful, cover your mouth, wash your hands, tell your loved ones you love them *hug them if safe to do so, snuggle your pets, eat good healthy food and indulge in your favourite treats, take your vitamins, get out in the sunlight, read some books, and seek medical attention if you get sick – call first per your local instructions! There’s not much else we can do other than keep positive… And for the love of all that’s holy: STOP HOARDING THE TOILET PAPER!