There’s not a lot else to talk about. I had a call with my half-brother the other day, and he asked me what we’ve been up to, and the answer is really “nothing”. Gaby and Alejandro are still home from school (although Gaby starts virtual university classes Monday), Luis is without a job and there’s not much point looking right now, and I am still working.
The 22 hour a day quarantine started on Wednesday, and so unknowingly, Tuesday was the last day we saw our housekeeper. For as long as I can I am planning to keep paying her, and it seems like most people on Facebook are continuing to pay their cleaning ladies and gardeners while we are quarantined at home.
Luis has been taking advantage of this time to try and finish up some tasks around the house. He’s already painted the patio, and I am worried he’s going to run out of stuff to do. I kept “nagging” him to think about what he wanted to get done in the next month to get supplies together for when the stores inevitably closed, but he didn’t listen to me, and now I am not sure what he is going to do to fill the days!
I have been super busy with work. I haven’t had time to work on Japanese, or sew, or do anything really. They let us know yesterday that they were reducing the hours of everyone in the company by 20%, so I have been scrambling trying to find something to do to make up the hours. With all the uncertainty, all the added expenses, this was not really expected or welcome news.
I’m still trying not to freak out. We’re up to 786 cases here. We watch the daily MINSA updates at 6pm live on the news, and every day the number of cases rises. It seems like a lot of people here still are not respecting the quarantine. I think they said the other day on the news they’d ticketed 200 drivers in Chiriqui who were outside outside of their designated hours. On Facebook I see so many expats saying this isn’t a big deal, it’s an overreaction…I don’t really know how representative the sample is, but it seems like at least 50% of the expats I see on Facebook don’t think this is anything to take seriously. It’s really hard to reconcile that with the statistics, and it’s really frustrating being cooped up in the house all day, understanding why this is necessary and then seeing that it’s all being undermined by people who choose to go out anyway.
I guess we’re going to see where we are in 2 weeks. If the cases keep growing at this rate, if/when the system gets overwhelmed, and what the government response is. They’ve already said that there will be more drastic measures taken if people don’t start respecting the quarantine.
I saw a news article recently saying that Canadians have a higher degree of faith in the Canadian government and health care system managing this crisis than other countries. I believe that. I definitely feel like I would have a better prognosis in Canada if I get really sick during this. I get a little jealous when I see the news about developments in Canada and the US, and I’m skeptical we’ll have access to the same resources on a similar timeline here. There just isn’t the infrastructure, I don’t think.
Oh, and the no alcohol is not helping!