National Post: As we wait for the COVID-19 tsunami, we live balanced between a new normal and catastrophe
April 4, 2020
“On Friday, the Government of Ontario released its own projections for where this pandemic could curve. Do nothing, they said, and 6,000 people could die by May. Carry on as we are and we could cut that number to 1,600. Those deaths, of course, have already begun. They are lonely in a way even death rarely is.
The dying, “they don’t have their visitors,” Dr. David Carr told me. “They don’t have their love supports.” They are locked in quarantine away from even a doctor’s touch. Just watching that, let alone living through it, is already taking a toll. “We’re human beings,” said Carr, who practices emergency medicine in Toronto. “We’re not as jaded as we may appear.”
We could cut those deaths even further. We could do more to make sure fewer die alone. But it will take more action, more commitment to this strange half-world we are all living now.”