COVID in winter

2020-10-10

in Canada, Daily updates, Politics, Psychology, Toronto

Toronto is returning to a partial COVID lockdown because of rising case numbers.

It has limited practical effect on me since I have been in isolation anyway since early March, only going out for groceries and socially distanced walks for exercise.

I suppose the pandemic and the public policy response will always be subject to multiple interpretations. I can’t recall any comparable disease control measures in my lifetime, so you could say that the world has responded with unprecedented energy. At the same time, the pandemic is a constant reminder of how many people put their own comparatively unimportant preferences (like for entertainment and variety) ahead of protecting themselves and others, limiting the effectiveness of public health measures and extending this entire unpleasant experience for everyone. Like climate change, the pandemic provides endless examples of people who begin with what they want to do and then choose beliefs which are compatible.

All told, the behaviour of governments and populations highlights how poorly human beings respond to slow and generalized threats, as opposed to the fast and personal kind. That’s not an encouraging precedent at a time when the future of humanity is in jeopardy if we cannot cooperate, moderate our selfish desires, and do what’s necessary to control the problem.

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. October 25, 2020 at 5:10 pm

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. October 25, 2020 at 5:26 pm

77 fines issued, 7 people charged for breaking Canada’s quarantine rules during COVID-19

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RCMP officers issued the majority of the fines, which ranged from $275 to $1,275. Individuals can either pay their fine or contest it in court. Anyone charged — typically for a more serious offence — must appear in court.

Under the Quarantine Act, both Canadians and foreigners entering Canada must quarantine for 14 days, unless they get a special exemption.

. October 25, 2020 at 5:27 pm
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. October 26, 2020 at 5:29 pm

Global report: Merkel says Germany faces ‘difficult months ahead’ in Covid fight

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. October 26, 2020 at 5:29 pm

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. October 28, 2020 at 5:59 pm

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