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Cottage-Goers: Come On Dougie, When Can We Go?

Cottage-goers had a bit of a pandemic uplifter earlier this week when the Doug Ford government teased that restrictions on travel to cottage country may be eased off for the Victoria Day weekend.

Unfortunately, the Ford government is now reconsidering their earlier statement, admitting they may have jumped the gun. They are now advising against all non-essential travel during the upcoming long weekend. This is bad news for outdoorsy people for whom the Victoria Day weekend (or “The May Two-Four”) signifies the start of “all things cottage.”

It’s a time of year when people flock to the north country, launch their boats, spark up the bar-bee, stock the fridge with a case or two of beer, clean up the yard from the hard Canadian winter and, essentially, chill out for a few days. Of course, if fishing seasons are open on the cottage lake, angling is also a big part of it.

Owning a cottage in Canada is a luxury that not all can afford and, quite frankly, some don’t even understand. It’s a huge expense, especially now that cottage country is considered prime real estate. Cottage business is also huge—and not only for those that can afford to buy a home away from home. It’s the perfect opportunity to rent a $300,000 property for a week or two and get that outdoor fix for the season. It’s also a great source of income for the business-minded people who rent out their prized buildings.

So far this year, though, cottaging is still on hold in Ontario.

Hopefully, through smart decisions, safe practice, and common sense by the general population, an ease in restrictions will be reached.

For now, a trip to the cottage is strictly maintenance only. Canadians may have to make room in the fridge at home for the extra case of beer on Victoria Day weekend 2020.

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3 Replies to “Cottage-Goers: Come On Dougie, When Can We Go?”

  1. Many of my customers are in cottage country. The businesses depend on the increased volumes experienced during the summer season to survive. It does not matter if they are a smaller convenience store or a food store like IGA, summer is where they make their profit for the year. It would be a mistake to force them to stay closed. They are all as capable as Costco, Loblaws, Shoppers Drug Mart, the LCBO etc. to handle customers in a responsible way.

  2. “Cottage-Goers: Come On Dougie, When Can We Go?” – What? Why ask him?

    During this Corona Virus pandemic, it has been my observation that a great percentage of people do not listen to the wise musings of medical professionals let alone politicians and their cohorts. You arrogantly know that you and you alone, will make that determination. Heck, quite a number have already headed off to the high country not willing to succumb to these temporary regulations. Dragging your self entitled egos along the way. Not caring two hoots in Hades whether you may be spreading a deadly virus to others. I would even speculate in that case, your family and friends are just collateral damage should anything befall them.

    Let me give you the specifics according to Medical Experts :

    Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). It was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, and has since spread globally, resulting in an ongoing pandemic. As of 13 May 2020, more than 4.27 million cases have been reported across 187 countries and territories, resulting in more than 292,000 deaths. More than 1.5 million people have recovered.

    Common symptoms include fever, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, and loss of smell and taste. While the majority of cases result in mild symptoms, some progress to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), multi-organ failure, septic shock, and blood clots. The time from exposure to onset of symptoms is typically around five days but may range from two to fourteen days.

    The virus is primarily spread between people during close contact, most often via small droplets produced by coughing,[b] sneezing, and talking. The droplets usually fall to the ground or onto surfaces rather than travelling through air over long distances. Less commonly, people may become infected by touching a contaminated surface and then touching their face. It is most contagious during the first three days after the onset of symptoms, although spread is possible before symptoms appear, and from people who do not show symptoms. The standard method of diagnosis is by real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) from a nasopharyngeal swab.[22] Chest CT imaging may also be helpful for diagnosis in individuals where there is a high suspicion of infection based on symptoms and risk factors; however, guidelines do not recommend using CT imaging for routine screening.

    Recommended measures to prevent infection include frequent hand washing, maintaining physical distance from others (especially from those with symptoms), quarantine (especially for those with symptoms), covering coughs, and keeping unwashed hands away from the face. In addition, the use of a face covering is recommended for those who suspect they have the virus and their caregivers. Recommendations for face covering use by the general public vary, with some authorities recommending for them, some recommending against them, and others requiring their use. There is limited evidence for or against the use of masks (medical or other) in healthy individuals in the wider community.

    According to the World Health Organization, there are no available vaccines nor specific antiviral treatments for COVID-19. On 1 May 2020, the United States gave Emergency Use Authorization to the antiviral remdesivir for people hospitalized with severe COVID-19. Management involves the treatment of symptoms, supportive care, isolation, and experimental measures. The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on 30 January 2020 and a pandemic on 11 March 2020. Local transmission of the disease has occurred in most countries across all six W.H.O. regions.

    Fever is the most common symptom, although some older people and those with other health problems experience fever later in the disease. In one study, 44% of people had fever when they presented to the hospital, while 89% went on to develop fever at some point during their hospitalization. A lack of fever does not verify someone is disease free.

    Other common symptoms include cough, loss of appetite, fatigue, shortness of breath, sputum production, and muscle and joint pains. Symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea have been observed in varying percentages. Less common symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, or sore throat. Some cases in China initially presented with only chest tightness and palpitations. A decreased sense of smell or disturbances in taste may occur. Loss of smell was a presenting symptom in 30% of confirmed cases in South Korea.

    As is common with infections, there is a delay between the moment a person is first infected and the time he or she develops symptoms. This is called the incubation period. The incubation period for COVID‑19 is typically five to six days but may range from two to 14 days, although 97.5% of people who develop symptoms will do so within 11.5 days of infection.

    A minority of cases do not develop noticeable symptoms at any point in time. These asymptomatic carriers tend not to get tested, and their role in transmission is not yet fully known. However, preliminary evidence suggests they may contribute to the spread of the disease. In March 2020, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (K.C.D.C) reported that 20% of confirmed cases remained asymptomatic during their hospital stay. For several weeks from January and February, a preliminary study from China found that approximately 13% of disease transmission were from pre-symptomatic persons.

    Complications may include pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome (A.R.D.S.), multi-organ failure, septic shock, and death. Cardiovascular complications may include heart failure, arrhythmias, heart inflammation, and blood clots. Approximately 20-30% of people who present with COVID‑19 have elevated liver enzymes reflecting liver injury. Neurologic manifestations include seizure, stroke, encephalitis, and Guillain–Barré syndrome.

    Following the infection, children may develop paediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome, which has symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease, and die.

    COVID-19 is a new disease, and the ways it spreads between people are under investigation, including: the role of small droplets; the distance over and ease in which it spreads through air; the number of new infections caused by one infected person (the R0); and how long the virus remains infectious on surfaces. It spreads very efficiently and sustainably between people–easier than influenza, but not as efficiently as measles.

    The disease is spread during close contact, often by small droplets produced during coughing, sneezing, or talking. During close contact, (1 to 2 metres, 3 to 6 feet), people catch the disease after breathing in contaminated droplets that were exhaled by infected people. Contaminated droplets also cause infection when they settle in the noses or mouths of people in close proximity. However, the droplets are relatively heavy, usually fall to the ground or surfaces, and do not travel far through the air.

    People are most infectious when they show symptoms (even mild or non-specific symptoms), but may be infectious for up to two days before symptoms appear (pre-symptomatic transmission). They remain infectious an estimated seven to twelve days in moderate cases and an average of two weeks in severe cases. Some people have recovered without showing symptoms and may still be able to spread COVID-19, although uncertainties remain.[19][21] One study found that viral load was highest at symptom onset, and so may have peaked before symptoms developed.

    When the contaminated droplets fall to floors or surfaces they can, though less commonly, remain infectious if people touch contaminated surfaces and then their eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. On surfaces the amount of active virus decreases over time until it can no longer cause infection, and surfaces are not thought to be the main way that the virus spreads. It is unknown what amount of virus on surfaces is required to cause infection via this method, but it can be detected for up to four hours on copper, up to one day on cardboard, and up to three days on plastic (polypropylene) and stainless steel (A.I.S.I. 304). Surfaces are easily decontaminated with household disinfectants which kill the virus outside the human body or on the hands. Disinfectants or bleach are not a treatment for COVID-19, and cause health problems when not used properly, such as when used inside the human body.

    Sputum and saliva carry large amounts of virus. Although COVID-19 is not a sexually transmitted infection, kissing, intimate contact, and faecal-oral routes are suspected to transmit the virus. Some medical procedures are aerosol-generating and result in the virus being transmitted more easily than normal.

    The lungs are the organs most affected by COVID‑19 because the virus accesses host cells via the enzyme angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2), which is most abundant in type II alveolar cells of the lungs. The virus uses a special surface glycoprotein called a “spike” (peplomer) to connect to ACE2 and enter the host cell. The density of ACE2 in each tissue correlates with the severity of the disease in that tissue and some have suggested that decreasing ACE2 activity might be protective, though another view is that increasing ACE2 using angiotensin II receptor blocker medications could be protective. As the alveolar disease progresses, respiratory failure might develop and death may follow.

    Finally, the virus can cause acute myocardial injury and chronic damage to the cardiovascular system. An acute cardiac injury was found in 12% of infected people admitted to the hospital in Wuhan, China, and is more frequent in severe disease. Rates of cardiovascular symptoms are high, owing to the systemic inflammatory response and immune system disorders during disease progression, but acute myocardial injuries may also be related to ACE2 receptors in the heart. ACE2 receptors are highly expressed in the heart and are involved in heart function. A high incidence of thrombosis (31%) and venous thromboembolism (25%) have been found in ICU patients with COVID‑19 infections and may be related to poor prognosis. Blood vessel dysfunction and clot formation (as suggested by high D-dimer levels) are thought to play a significant role in mortality, incidences of clots leading to pulmonary embolisms, and ischaemic events within the brain have been noted as complications leading to death in patients infected with SARS-CoV-2. Infection appears to set off a chain of vasoconstrictive responses within the body, constriction of blood vessels within the pulmonary circulation has also been posited as a mechanism in which oxygenation decreases alongside the presentation of viral pneumonia.[90]

    Another common cause of death is complications related to the kidneys—SARS-CoV-2 directly infects kidney cells, as confirmed in post-mortem studies. Acute kidney injury is a common complication and cause of death; this is more significant in patients with already compromised kidney function, especially in people with pre-existing chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes which specifically cause nephropathy in the long run.

    Autopsies of people who died of COVID‑19 have found diffuse alveolar damage (DAD), and lymphocyte-containing inflammatory infiltrates within the lung.

    So Ladies and Gentlemen if you are willing to ignore these medical facts, and risk your health and that of your loved ones, head out to the cottage but don’t ask for my sympathy if death should become your constant companion.

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