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BC FORUM News - From The Advocate, Summer, 2020


Brave new world

Be kind.

Be calm.

Be safe.

By Diane Wood

President, BC FORUM

In a world where we have been seeing unprecedented changes for years, it is now apparent that even greater acceleration is upon us.

A microscopic virus has changed our lives. We have no immunity. No proven treatment. No vaccine. No cure. Scientists are working around the clock to change that, and we must hope that they will be successful.

In the meantime, we must all keep up our guard. At this writing, it feels like we are still in the first period. And this virus has shown how explosively it can grow if we give it the slightest opening.

The strongest tool we have is solidarity. Each and every one of us must do our share to break the chains of transmission and prevent future outbreaks.

We must stand shoulder to shoulder, two meters apart, wash our hands, cover coughs with our elbows, and stay home as much as possible.

As you know, Covid-19 is particularly dangerous for seniors and people with pre-existing medical conditions, so please don’t take any chances.

In the words of Dr. Bonnie Henry – the acclaimed epidemiologist who serves as British Columbia’s provincial health officer – “Be kind, be calm, and be safe.”


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