We watched a program on moths/butterflies last night. It was fascinating to see the various combinations of colours and shapes they come in. How some advertise their toxicity, while others mimic the signs even though they are not actually toxic.
The transformations the creatures go through until they at last emerge from their chrysalis to become their final incredible self are quite simply amazing.
Human beings don't change their form much. We just go up, and sometimes 'out', we develop grey hair and jowls, but our physical shape remains pretty much the same throughout our lives.
On the other hand, we are adaptable to a degree that many other animals are not. So we assess our situation and judge what needs to change - and then we change. If we don't, we risk not surviving.
And so it is with this pandemic. We are facing a virus with no known cure or vaccine at this time. We do, however, understand how viruses work. We know that transmission is from person to person and that right now avoiding contact with the virus is pretty much our only strategy for avoiding catching it.
In the beginning very little was known about the virus but as medical folk and researchers found out more, recommendations changed. At first health officers were reluctant to recommend a mask, fearing that people would assume that a mask would provide 100% protection. There were also too few medical masks and there was concern that front line health care workers would not have the personal protection they required to safely help those people who were already seriously ill.
So recommendations at first were to stay home and businesses were ordered shuttered. Then as it became obvious that this virus was not going to go away any time soon, researchers found that cloth masks would help prevent asymptomatic carriers from spreading the virus and now the recommendation is to wear either paper or cloth masks.
But always, always - wash your hands with soap and water. If you can't do that, hand sanitizer will help, but wash your hands when you can.
Politicians and businesses are scrambling, trying to figure out how to loosen restrictions, run businesses, maintain physical distancing of 6 feet, protecting staff and customers.
But overall, there is enormous uncertainty about so many things. When will interacting without all these protective measures be safe?
The bad news is...it may take a very long time. As in years, not months. This may well be our new 'normal' for the foreseeable future.
For the minority of people who scream that the virus is a hoax - it isn't. It is within the power of every person to take appropriate measures to protect themselves, their loved ones, and the staff of the businesses they frequent. If you love your manicurist or hair dresser? Wear the mask. If you love your library, teacher, students? Wear the mask. If you love your guild mates? Wear the mask.
Maintaining physical distance and wearing a mask are our best strategies for avoiding becoming ill.
The cloth masks a friend made for us are now in Canada and on their way. In the meantime, we are wearing either paper masks. Doug also has some N95 masks purchased for the wildfire season last year.
I have a hair cut booked for tomorrow. I will wear a mask because I know she has a compromised person in her home. While I believe I have not encountered the virus, it is my duty as a concerned citizen of this country to follow guidelines and care for the people around me.
In the meantime, I seldom go into the public preferring to stay isolated as much as possible. Because I can, I will.
Being pretty much an introvert I'm not having a terrible time missing social interactions in person. So far I have done a couple of Skype calls with friends, stay in touch with distant friends via Facebook Messenger, emails and even (can you imagine!) phone.
This is a time of enormous uncertainty for human beings. It was my hope that we could come together to help each other through these difficult times. Some do. Some...don't.
My hope is that we go through this time of isolation, much like the caterpillar in it's chrysalis and emerge into a society that is more equitable for all, no matter our colouring, no matter our shape, so that each and every person can shine.