Erin Bromage's post on the risks of SARS-CoV-2 transmission went viral. Normally, I would say that going viral is not necessarily a big selling point, but, in this case, I feel it is a good background (in a situation where there is a lot of BS being bandied about).
March 19th, 2020 (for those who will be reading this some time from now) was "Phase 2" in the "reopening" of BC. (Phase 1 was really all we ever had in terms of lockdown ...) So, today I had a larger than normal shopping trip, as chance would have it.
I should probably mention, for Americans, that last weekend was "Victoria Day" weekend. A stat, and long weekend, and, in normal years, the traditional time for "reopening" the cabin for the summer. Weekends tend to be the time that those who have been seriously self-isolating tend to come out of hibernation and scuttle to the store for supplies. Peering around with frightened eyes, and not paying attention to the changes that have been taking place in grocery, and other, stores over the past weeks. (Please, a little logic, guys. If you are concerned about the numbers of people you might encounter in the stores, the weekend is not the time to come.) As with Easter weekend, the grocery stores were even more packed than on a normal weekend.
Today, possibly because of the reopening, there were a number of people who were even more cavalier about the new standards of shopping behaviour then before. I saw one fellow (in his twenties?) on a skateboard. (In a grocery store? Really? You think that's appropriate? Even in normal times?) One person had his shopping cart on one side of the aisle, and was wandering around on the other side, leaving a maximum of about 18 inches of space for anyone to get by him. I don't know what he was looking for, but he obviously never found it. I waited, behind this unconventional but unpredictable barrier, for about two minutes while he meandered. Finally he looked at me and asked, "You didn't want to pass me?" and then walked off laughing derisively at me.
Of course, he will be the type of person who will not be at particular risk of getting infected, himself. But, if he does get infected, I'm pretty sure he'll be responsible for a pretty large "cluster" ...