We spent four weeks in France. We were in airports and train stations; on the Metro, buses, trains, airports, and airplanes! Restaurants and museums! No Covid-19! We get back to Canada and my wife, unknowingly, visits an infected family member! A few days later she has Covid, and two days later I test positive too. Was it inevitable?
We are triple vaccinated and in decent physical condition. So far, so good! Coughs and runny noses but we have no fever or serious respiratory issues. Still, I don’t like feeling sick at all and I could have done without getting ill, even if I think that it is inevitable that everyone will catch “The VID” sooner or later.
It could be worse. We could have fallen ill in France and failed our re-entry test. I had prepared a “Just-in-Case” list of Airbnbs for that eventuality. However, we made it through the CDG airport testing zoo in about two hours with clear negatives. Interestingly, our departure from Paris was held up as Air Canada fished out the luggage of someone who had tested positive at the last moment.
France dropped many of its masking requirements while we were there. While masks are unpleasant, we continued to wear them to move around restaurants, stores, and museums. We always wore our N-95’s in crowded, enclosed areas. These provide good protection even when those around us are nonchalant.
Back in Canada, we probably let our guard down a bit. Maybe we should be more inquisitive when we visit someone’s home. There are reports of families requiring vaccine passports for family gatherings. I used to think that was a little over the top. But then, my children and grandchildren lined up for the jab(s) as soon as they were available for their respective age group. We had an open and ongoing dialogue about possibly infected contacts. That becomes the expectation!
So learn from our experience! If you don’t want a miserable bout of the VID:
We are stuck at home. We cough and have stuffy, runny noses. Throats are raw from coughing! Sleep is difficult! But neither of us has had fever or lost appetite.
We treat the symptoms. Tylenol and Advil! Lots of throat lozenges! Orange juice and hot water! Also, I might have to write some TV reviews!
Was it inevitable? Most experts think so. But I could have done without!
Lisbon’s seven hills and waterfront make it visually spectacular. The second oldest capital in Europe, the city has energy. Busy streets and squares, full restaurants, and vibrant night life – the city pulsates. And, the population seems young. All signs of a city on the rise? Earthquake A 1755 earthquake destroyed 85% of the city […]
People living on the street have come to symbolize the global housing crisis but they are only the tip of the iceberg. While the examples of Finland and Houston demonstrate a focussed plan pursued diligently can resolve the housing situation for the chronically homeless, addressing the affordable housing problem is much more complex. Defining Affordability […]
I love to dance. This is not something new for me. I can’t remember when I didn’t like to move to the music. My first memories of watching others dance come from my childhood in Cape Breton where I would watch the adults square dance. Then, there were the step dancers who would often accompany […]
Kings Cross, once a thriving industrial and transport centre in London, was effectively closed off to the public by the end of the 20th century. Then in 1996, the decision was made to move the British terminus for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link from Waterloo to St-Pancras. The landowner saw a re-development opportunity for […]
I have postulated that cities and towns evolve. That towns and villages first grow in areas where the basics to support life were plentiful. Typically, that means good agricultural land and good access to water. Other valuable considerations include safety, and resilience. The bonus – access to trade routes. Walt Disney and the Fully Formed […]
A Visit from Saint Nicholas A Poem by Jonathan Potter – December 2022 ‘Twas the first mask-free Christmas, when all through the stores The vaccinated children were spewing their spores;The shoppers were eagerly starting to riotAs the introverts longed for some quarantine quiet. The public healthcare workers were tracing the pathOf the flu and RSV, […]