It has certainly been a day of mixed emotions for many working in Healthcare in Ontario.

On the one hand, it was such a relief to see the first people in Ottawa receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

Then, at the end of the day, as I sat down to write about how it felt to know that a vaccine was finally being given, I noticed the news of over 2,200 new cases of COVID-19 in the province today. On top of this, over 900 people have been admitted to hospital and the province has asked hospitals to prepare for a surge of COVID-19 patients.

It was just a few days ago that I wrote about plans for a break at Christmas and, as I mentioned, that possible break can disappear at any time. It’s looking more and more likely that this is what will happen.

In the past few weeks, one look at mall parking lots could have (should have?) convinced everyone that increased cases were coming. It has been evident that many people are ignoring warnings about shopping in favour of a Christmas tree surrounded by presents. The result of extra people out and about is inevitable. The result: 2,200 cases per day and 900 people in hospital means many doctors’ and nurses’ Christmas plans will be interrupted.

The vaccine brings the end in sight, but it cannot eliminate the risks along the way.

It’s time to stay home. Just because you haven’t gotten sick yet doesn’t mean you won’t.

What do we have to do? Beg?

(Note: I loved this story from Japan where people are no longer permitted to scream on roller coasters!)

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