Things could decline rapidly in about 2 to 3 weeks (ie. after March break). It really depends on how much “social distancing” North Americans practice to “flatten the curve” and how aware people are of infection spreading by very low symptomatic people.
If 10% of 50% people (total infection rate?) require hospitalization, that will be huge hit on healthcare.
Soon there will be a place in Ottawa (a hall in arena) for people (particular returning travellers who self-quarantined and experience symptoms). These people are supposed to go to these centres, not the ER!! Medical staff at these halls will have “personal protective gear”. Swab testing results will be back within 5hrs. In USA, tents will be set up.
Situation in Northern Italy (excellent healthcare in rich Milan a region!)
2 doctors. (Italy is more aged than North America and more dense)
Presumably, you have calmly already got a bit of extra food and medicines and started “social distancing” and got urgent dental work done (and your Easter hairdo!)
Kids wont get very sick (even less the Influenza A/B).. but more upper middle aged will get sick/very sick (50yos die from COVID-19 sometimes, never from the flu)
I predict many people (and some students) will be sent home by late March for a few weeks. Some high tech companies are already doing it. Coca-Cola is having a total “work at home day” for all employees today to practice for a several week “work at home” soon.
Some IT related and other things to do in your home for business continuity and family well-being
– secure computers from bad websites for kids
– get a better monitor, mouse, keyboard for yr work laptop at home (Amazon/Flipgive)
– get Learning Spaces and routines ready for chiĺdren!
– get FORMED.org account ready
– download FORMED ebooks to Kindle
– better videocameras for you and grandparents (eg Logitech)
– make sure you are happy with yr Internet speed and data plans from Teksavvy etc
– webaround backdrop for videoconferencing (inexpensive shipping to myusaddress in ogdensburg)
– upgrade contact lists (emails, numbers, skype addresses) of others (eg. Vulnerable co-parishioners, classmates, older neighbours)
– prayer corner upgrade (icons, holy water, sacramentals)
Relax, stay calm, prepare, make good Confessions, pray, help others.
Fr Mark Goring on Coronavirus