Logic has also fallen prey to COVID-19

Sask Bulletin
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January 2, 2021

One day before the snow showed up, I went to get tested for COVID-19 after having a bit of a runny nose.

Anyway, I chose the drive-through option, which was quite a nightmare in itself, but suffice to say, after an agonizing wait for the test results, they thankfully came back negative. Yet ironically, I am POSITIVE that I’m just about at my breaking point with regards to all things pandemic and all the inconsistencies that surround it.

Don’t get me wrong–I have nothing against Dr. Saqib Shahab and his frequently changing co-stars when they sit down to address the huddled masses (not so much) about the latest statistics. Until someone can bring some perspective to this whole thing, it is just so tiresome.

I’m not one of those ill-informed or stubborn folks who still think this is a hoax, but the numbers are rather abstract when there is no accompanying information.

Just when you’re pretty much numbed by these numbers–it’s not a hockey game, for Pete’s sake–so unless there’s a plausible theory accompanying the cases and recoveries, something is missing.

Then, along come these dire predictions of how many daily cases there could be in the future ( more than 8,390 apparently). If that’s not enough to grab your attention, they toss in that nearly 5,000 people could die from the virus in the next half year, or it could be 34 if the basic rules are followed.

Sure, I get the idea that this sort of shock attack is supposed to make people take this seriously. Let’s get real. We’ve been at this for close to 10 months now and if some members of the public haven’t figured out that it’s advisable to wear a mask, wash your hands and keep your distance, do you really think this latest dispatch is going to change their minds?

Just to be clear, I detest wearing a mask, but it has nothing to do with my civil liberties–merely that the stupid thing is quite uncomfortable.

Now against this backdrop we have our courageous souls who are teachers (they are pretty much frontline workers as much as those in the medical profession). Particularly when you hear stories about how they are not being informed which, if any, of their students might be positive due to privacy concerns.

Plus, they have to try to anticipate what the latest illogical move by the government might be. Don’t ask me where the fault lies because there is no longer room for anyone else under the bus.

Close schools. Open schools. No, wait a minute; we’ll go to the next phase. I am personally grateful to still be employed and working out of the office (personal preference), but for teachers that luxury isn’t there. They are being pulled in seemingly a dozen different directions and still expected to just get on with it.

Maybe contemplate more sharing of valuable information with administrators and teachers rather than have them find out after the fact that they have just been in the company of a student with positive symptoms. Privacy is important but so is safety it seems to me.

Sure, I understand the importance of maintaining some semblance of an economy, but the truth is you can’t have one of these quasi-shutdowns or slowdowns as Premier Scott Moe calls it through his rose-coloured glasses. Short term pain for long-term gain–sound familiar?