This is Brian. He is an emergency physician in Vancouver, B.C.
“Back in March when things started to shut down, I found that was nobody knew what was going on. It was kind of scary and the cognitive load of trying to learn all about COVID at the same time, react to it, and then deal with it.
In April, we just kind of settled into a pattern. We’re super lucky in B.C. – and that I think just dumb luck – we really haven’t been hit by COVID that hard. We’ve seen it at the hospital and seen a few sick patients with it, but nowhere near the stories out of Montreal or New York.
Now in May, it almost seems like people largely bought into the idea that we should stop society and socially distance.
But now people are anxious to get out and move on. How do we move on? I think there’s a recognition that we can’t just say, ‘Okay let’s just pretend COVID isn’t there and move on with our lives as usual.’ I don’t think anybody pretends that. I think people are hopeful to start opening up.
The hospital has been really quiet. They shut down all the elective surgeries, our ED visits are down to about 70% or so of what they normally would be. But the people that are coming in tend to be a lot sicker and with delayed presentations. We are seeing a lot of older folks coming in who normally have had somebody looking in on them regularly. But now they’re not getting that.”