My COVID-19 Journal – Day 52

At about 5 pm today, a roar of jet engines in the sky had me looking up just in time to see nine flashes of red and white streaking across the heavy, grey firmament. Around me, other walkers had also stopped and were craning their necks and positioning their iPhones for that last glimpse of…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 51

This happened today: “Dr. Beck, did you see the story in the news about the 19 year old guy who had COVID-19 and almost died?” “I did. Did you find that upsetting?” “Yes, but I think it will help me not to think about suicide again – at least for a while.” “I’m so glad…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 50

When should children return to school after the physical distancing at home during COVID-19? The Quebec government is going to allow schools to reopen next week. I read about this today in the Globe and Mail and I couldn’t help but wonder, “Was this plan developed with teachers?” I know that when we had to…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 49

Today many of the people I work with at the hospital volunteered to go and work at one of the long term care facilities with the most COVID-19 cases. They were resolute about their decisions, determined: “I have a moral and ethical obligation to do this.” “People put their lives on the line for my…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 47, 48

There is so much about managing COVID-19 that is pragmatic and necessary and routine. As soon as people understand what a droplet infection is, they realize how to protect themselves and the community. Protecting yourself and the community is straightforward but it is a routine, that must be maintained rigorously for a long time. The…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 46

On many Fridays since the Pandemic isolation period began, I have daydreams of place that I’ve visited and would like to visit again. A few weeks ago, I wondered if I would ever visit England, again, for example. But yesterday, I opened my computer to a screensaver scene near a beach – a Cape Cod…

My COVID-10 Journal – Day 45

I had an exhausting day at work. As each hour passed, I had more and more patients to see. There were so many patients waiting, with problems so complex, that at 1 o’clock in the afternoon, I asked my assistant to cancel a clinic so that I could finish while I still had enough space…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 44

“We are all in this together.” The Prime Minister says this every day as he ends his briefing. Political leaders everywhere are saying this. “We are all in this together.” But are we together? Different people have very different experiences of the pandemic, in fact. Some people can isolate at home, never having had any…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 43

It’s a beautiful April Day. It’s sunny and there’s a soft, warm wind blowing from the West, brushing the treetops and ruffling the last leaves holding on from the fall. I am thinking of marijuana. Three years ago, in 2017, marijuana was an illegal substance in Canada and now it’s an “essential service”. The marijuana…

My COVID-19 Journal Day 42

I have COVID dreams. It’s not unusual for the day to follow us into night but much of our present is so different from our lives before COVID that many people are likely having dreams related to our new experience. Even though I know this, my COVID dreams startle me. Is this happening to you?…