Decisions on High: Too Little, Too Late

Attila will have to return to work on Monday, and as the pandemic intensifies here, I find I don’t want him to go. He has no choice of course, he has to go. But if we could manage to survive financially, we both agree, he would stay home and we would self-isolate. Both of us are in the high risk-for-complications category.

We are both quite willing to self-isolate for the sake of our country, if means of financial survival were provided.

We live in a very small space, and will be unable to implement the recommendations for living with a COVID-19 patient, even though we would be quarantined here together.

I am not happy about this, and I feel the Canadian government, and employers, could do a lot better, on the ground, to set things up to protect seniors and health compromised people. Proactive prevention should be a priority at this stage in the game. Soon this window of opportunity will close also, just as the window of opportunity for containment closed before our governments caught on. Wise up.

I don’t feel confident though, that the government is savvy enough to get moving on things like this, allowing people who live with those over 65, or those with preexisting conditions, to choose to be “laid off work” for self-isolation. A little thing, but it could make a huge difference in spreading the contagion out so that the medical resources will be able to handle everyone, just not all at once. As far as I can determine, almost all serious complications occur in the age groups over 40 years of age, and that risks increase with age.

It just seems obvious to me, common sense. But where was common sense when our leader’s wife, in spite of the blatant warning signs around the world that trudged on till it was a pandemic, traveled to England, intermingled with thousands of people at an event, interacted in other settings, and came back home to test positive for COVID-19.

The next day the government, her husband, took it seriously. Why was she over there when this was going on in the world? In my opinion it was not a responsible choice. She has a mild case, at least there is that. And our Prime Minister is now in self-isolation at home with his family. Many leaders are self-isolating.

I seldom become political here, but this issue could cost me my life, or Attila’s life, or the life of someone else I know and care about, and surely the lives of other Canadians unknown to me, but whose lives are equally important. So it makes me a little angry that so little is being done on the ground to delay the spread and mediate the impact of this pandemic.

Attila wonders if all these delayed responses facilitated the movement of capital to investments with a new world future.

The decisions made by leaders all over the world beggar belief.



Date: 7:00 PM EDT Saturday 14 March 2020
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I’m sorry Attila can’t stay home. I’d say maybe it would be good if the company took a two week shut down with everyone being paid, but I don’t really know if it would help.

Around here, many people are self-isolating. What kinds of other actions do you think would be wise?

Bex Crowell

Paul thought he’d trick the system and go food shopping yesterday very very early… except he was a half hour late… so around 7:30 he got up to Market Basket thinking there would be very few peeps but instead it was more crowded than he’d ever seen it! Wall to wall customers! Not a good experience when you’re trying to keep 3-feet away from every other person! Next week he’ll try another day, maybe a Thursday or Wednesday…


In the US many governors are providing better leadership than the president. Our governor (Pritzger) shut down schools, theaters, and all large gatherings. He said young people are still going to bars & restaurants because they don’t know or care they can be carriers. So at some point he may close or limit access to restaurants. Possibly a curfew
Can Attila take a hand sanitizer to work? I think it’s impossible to not touch your face. The sanitizer might help there.
I heard one doctor suggest it would be smart to have outside clothes and “at home” clothes. In case you were out and picked up the virus on your clothes, you would change out of those clothes and toss them in the washer. Then you would have “at home” clothes that you never wear outside.
I hope you and Attila remain healthy (and all of us). I do wish the government in both our countries would allow older employees to stay home and pay them enough to live during this crisis.


Maggie, the virus will only live on surfaces for a few hours. Here’s a link with lots of info…


The choice is yours, of course. But what I sent you was testing specific to COVID-19 with testing done by Stanford University. That’s essentially equal to Mayo Clinic level testing.