When my husband and I left for Puerto Vallarta in January there was no talk about coronavirus. Our plans were to winter there and return March 28.
Late February we were hearing about the virus and considering our options. I had confirmed with health professionals that there were no cases in PV and they had curtailed allowing cruise passengers to disembark.
Mar. 10, we learned about Trump’s ban on planes from Europe except for Americans and Great Britain. Since he had threatened to close the southern border weeks before, we decided it would be prudent to get home while we could.
we tried unsuccessfully to deal with the issue by phone. After a few days of total frustration, we decided to go to the airport where we had excellent support from Delta. For us they exchange our Aeromexico flight with a stop over in Mexico City, on March 28 to a Delta flight on Mar 16 which was direct to Detroit.
Even though we were way ahead of most in taking this action, we worried the flight could get cancelled. When we got to the boarding area I heard someone call my name. It was friends we had lunch with a week earlier at the marina and they had made the same decision. They were on the same flight, so they joined us for lunch. Hence the picture in this post.
As we were waiting, just before boarding, we heard that the Canadian border was being closed. We did not know details and were uncertain if our service to take us home from the airport would be able to pick us up. My phone was not working.
Just a heads up, you all know how much I love getting hugs. This will be very hard for me but in future, even when the pandemic is over, I think I have to be very careful and will be doing elbow bumps. And would appreciate it if you do not come to our home if you have any symptoms or colds. If I am going someplace where you are aware somebody may be ill or have a cold, let me know so that I do not attend. Appreciate your understanding.
One of the reasons that I am so calm is that our politicians, federal, provincial and municipal are working together in the best interest of Canadians by following the expertise of health professionals instead of using it for partisan politics. I think you all know that I am no fan of Doug Ford but in this case I think they all, including him, are doing an excellent job of working cooperatively.
It has only been a week since we returned and the world is a totally different place. I was hospitalized for a few days and grateful for our health care providers. I am grateful for all of those who are providing essential services.
In 1939 our parents and grandparents were conscripted to go overseas and risk their lives for our freedom. The globe is at war wit a virus and our soldiers are asking us to help them by practicing social isolation, sitting on a couch for a month or two. |Is that asking so much?
I was astounded at the number of people who thought we were crazy for leaving and even more astounded at those who were still coming in for spring break after a travel advisory. I was even more concerned because now there was an influx of people, millennials, adults, children, Americans and Canadians alike. who could be spreading the virus.
I recently heard a CTV host express that the government did not do enough to warn people. If I knew enough and I had been in Mexico for two months, then so did they. It was selfish and irresponsible and they put people at risk, especially those coworkers who stayed home and cancelled their plans. Now they have to continue to cover for those selfish individuals who now have to go into isolation for two weeks. Some of them have expressed that they think this is funny on social media. To rub the slat in the wound, they think it is funny that they are going to be paid. This is rewarding bad behaviour and punishing those who did the right thing.
If people travelled after the advisory, then I di not think they should be paid for the 14 day isolation. If you agree with me please post this to your workplace, union, municipality etc.
Price gouging of essential items.
Since I got home I could not get bleach, disinfectant wipes or toilet paper. Somebody finally got us the latter. I think price gouging and hoarding should be illegal. One country has solved the problem of limits by charging the usual price for one, but then if you try and by two the cost could be ten times higher!
Pamela Hines is a retired CEO of a community health organization and author of The Trumping of America A Wake Up Call to the Free World.