The National for Wednesday, March 25 — Ottawa cracks down on quarantine; EI stress

The National for Wednesday, March 25 — Ottawa cracks down on quarantine; EI stress


[ * ]>>Adrienne: GOOD EVENING. ANDREW IS OFF. TONIGHT I’M COMING TO YOU AGAIN FROM MY BACK DECK AS WE ALL STAY HOME. STILL, THAT’S A MESSAGE NOT EVERYONE IS GETTING.>>IT’S DIS-POINTING AND DISHEARTENING. OTTAWA IS STEPPING IN.>>THERE’S A MANDATORY QUARANTINE FOR ANYONE ENTERING CANADA.>>Adrienne: MONEY IS COMING BUT HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE AND A DESPERATE SITUATION IN NEW YORK.>>THEY’RE OVERWHELMED.>>Adrienne: THEY’RE CREATING MAKE-SHIFT MORGUES AND TURNING TO THE BLACK MARKET FOR MEDICAL SUPPLIES.>>AS ISOLATED AS WE ARE, THE BEST THING TO DO IS REMIND EACH OTHER WE’RE NOT ALONE.>>Adrienne: IF ANYONE CAN FIND HOME AND HUMOUR, IT’S MARK CRITCH. THAT’S WHAT WE ALL NEED RIGHT NOW. THIS IS “THE NATIONAL.” [ * ]>>Adrienne: AFTER RECOMMENDING, ASKING AND THEN PLEADING WITH RETURNING CANADIANS TO SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS, TODAY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WENT EVEN FURTHER AND THAT REQUEST IS NOW A LEGAL REQUIREMENT. STARTING AT MIDNIGHT PEOPLE COME BACK TO CANADA FROM ANYWHERE ELSE WILL BE SUBJECT TO THE QUARANTINE ACT, VIOLATED AND YOU COULD BE FINED OR ARRESTED. THAT’S JUST ONE MAJOR MOVE BY OTTAWA TODAY. THE OTHER, FINAL APPROVALS FOR A $107 BILLION AID PACKAGE FOR BUSINESSES AND WORKERS. THAT IS THE NUMBER OF COVID-19 CASES IN CANADA CLIMBED PASSED 3400 LEAVING NINE MORE PEOPLE DEAD. SO KEEPING RETURNING TRAVELERS AWAY FROM EVERYONE ELSE UNTIL THEY’RE SURE THEY’RE NOT SICK, THAT’S A CRITICAL PART AGAINST THE FIGHT OF THE CORONAVIRUS. IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT EVERYONE RETURNING TO CANADA ISOLATE THEMSELVES FOR 14 DAYS.>>Reporter: NO MORE ASKING IN STERN TONES, IT SEEMS TOO MANY CANADIANS WEREN’T RESPECTING THAT REQUEST AND NOW IT’S MANDATORY.>>TODAY IT BECOMES LAW. TODAY IT IS LEGALLY REQUIRED THAT WHEN YOU STEP OFF A PLANE IN CANADA, YOU GO DIRECTLY HOME.>>Reporter: IF NOT, IN THE MOST EXTREME CASES FOR JEOPARDIZING A LIFE, THE FINE CAN BE UP TO A MILLION DOLLARS OR THREE YEARS IN PRISON.>>THERE WILL BE FOLLOWUP, RANDOM SCREENING AND SPOT SCREENING BASED ON PARTICULAR SITUATIONS.>>Reporter: THE MOVE KICKS IN AT MIDNIGHT REQUIRING ALL TRAVELERS COMING TO CANADA TO SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS. IF YOU HAVE A VEHICLE, YOU CAN DRIVE TO YOUR HOME BUT NO TAKING PUBLIC TRANSIT. PEOPLE COULD DO THEIR 14-DAY ISOLATION AWAY FROM HOME.>>FOR THOSE TRAVELERS ARRIVING AT ONE OF THE FOUR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS AND CONNECTING, THEY WILL BE ASKED TO QUARANTINE IN PLACE IN THOSE CITIES FOR 14 DAYS AND WE WILL PROVIDE THE ACCOMMODATION IS MEALS FOR THOSE SITUATIONS.>>Reporter: ONE EXCEPTION, PEOPLE WORKING IN ESSENTIAL SERVICES, LIKE TRUCK DRIVERS DELIVERING FOOD FROM THE UNITED STATES. QUEBEC, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR, PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED FOR REFUSING TO STAY HOME AND PEOPLE IN NOVA SCOTIA ARE TELLING EVERYONE ENTERING THE PROVINCE TO SELF-ISOLATE.>>WE HAVEN’T ISSUED ANY TICKETS AND HOPEFULLY WE DON’T HAVE TO, BUT IF THAT’S THE ONLY OPTION, WE MAY HAVE TO GO WITH THE ENFORCEMENT.>>Reporter: GIVEN HOW QUICKLY THE VIRUS TRANSMITS, THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE SOONER.>>I CAN’T TELL YOU WHY IT WASN’T THE SOMETIM THE TIME YESTERDAY OR TODAY.>>Reporter: NOW THE GOVERNMENT IS ON SIDE WITH THIS PLAN HOPING ALL CANADIAN TRAVELERS GET THE MESSAGE. DON’T STOP AT THE GROCERY STORE OR SEE FRIENDS. JUST GO HOME, THE GOVERNMENT SAYS, AND STAY THERE.>>Adrienne: SNOWBIRDS IN PARTICULAR ARE BEING CALLED OUT FOR NOT FOLLOWING RULES WHEN THEY CROSS BACK INTO CANADA. AS CHRIS GLOVER TELLS US, SOME ARE STOPPING AND SHOPPING BEFORE HEADING HOME AND THAT’S SPARKING ANGER.>>LOOK AT THAT IDIOT!>>Reporter: THIS IS LOOKS EXCESSIVE. [ Laughter ]>>Reporter: FUNNY, WIT BUT IT’S THE KIND OF THING OFFICIALS ARE ASKING FOR. NOT IN KIND OF BEHAVIOUR, LINES OF RVS BEING SPOTTED OUTSIDE OF SHOPS AND BORDER TOWNS AND MANY BELIEVE TO BE RETURNING FROM THE U.S.>>TO ME, THEY’RE EITHER TERRORISTS OR DISCONNECTED WITH THE SITUATION.>>Reporter: BETTER OPTIONS EXIST SINCE THE WINDSOR MAYOR.>>THERE ARE PLENTY OF AVENUES TO SEEK SUPPORT AND NO REASON YOU HAVE TO GO OUT AND TRY TO RISK YOUR OWN SAFETY OR OWN WELL-BEING AND ANYONE ELSE’S WELL-PEEING TWELL-BEING TO GET MILK.>>Reporter: ST. STEVEN’S GATEWAISTHE GATEWAY AND THEY’RE WORRIED ON TURNING ON EACH OTHER.>>WE’RE NOT TAKING ACTION PHYSICALLY ON THE STREETS WITH POLICE.>>Reporter: POLICE WORRY ANY INCREASED ENFORCEMENT FROM THEM WOULD STRETCH THEIR RESOURCES.>>WHAT’S GOING ON IN OUR COMMUNITY IS STILL THE CRIME THAT WAS GOING ON YESTERDAY. THERE ARE STILL PEOPLE BREAKING INTO PEOPLE’S HOMES.>>THEY’RE GOING RIGHT INTO THE STORES.>>Reporter: ALL WEEK LEADERS HAVE APPEALED TO PEOPLE’S SENSE OF ABILITIES.>>I CAN’T STRESS IT ENOUGH. IT’S UNACCEPTABLE. IF YOU’RE COMING FROM THE AIRPORT, DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT STOP AT A STORE.>>Reporter: YOU MUST GO DIRECTLY AND IMMEDIATELY TO YOUR HOME, BUT SOME PEOPLE JUST AREN’T LISTENING. IN EASTERN ONTARIO, THE MAYOR OF PRESCOTT SAYS PEOPLE ARE PARKING RVS BEHIND GROCERY STORES, HIDDEN FROM VIEW.>>IT’S FRUSTRATING, IT’S DISAPPOINTING AND DISHEARTENING, BUT I WILL SAY IT IS THE MINORITY.>>Reporter: AND EVEN WHEN IT LOOKS OR FEELS SILLY, IT’S NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT TO FOLLOW THE RULES. CHRIS GLOVER, CBC NEWS, TORONTO.>>Adrienne: FOR MANY CANADIANS, THE FINANCIAL STRESS OF THIS CRISIS GETS WORSE EVERYDAY BUT WITH THE BEEFED UP COVID-19 AID PACKAGE NOW PASSED, THE GOVERNMENT SAYS MORE RELIEF IS COMING THAN ORIGINALLY PROMISED AND FOR MORE CANADIANS. THE CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT WILL PROVIDE $2,000 A MONTH FOR THE NEXT FOUR MONTHS FOR WORKERS WHO LOSE THEIR INCOME AS A RESULT OF COVID-19. WHETHER YOU’RE FULL-TIME, CONTRACT OR SELF-EMPLOYED, THIS NEW BENEFIT WILL BE THERE FOR YOU.>>Adrienne: SO CANADIANS CAN START APPLYING FOR THE NEW BENEFIT SOON, BUT IT WILL BE WEEKS BEFORE THEY SEE THAT MONEY. A HARD WAY GIVEN THE REALITY MANY FACE. TODAY LEON’S JOINED WESTjET ON A GROWING LIST TO LAY OFF THOUSANDS OF WORKERS AND A NEW SURVEY REVEALS FEAR OF MISSING RENT. THERE’S A NEW AID PACKAGE WORTH $7 BILLION TO CANADIANS, UP FROM THE $82 BILLION ANNOUNCED. ALL DUE TO SKYROCKETING DEMAND FOR HELP ACROSS THIS CANADA. SALIMAH SHIVJI LOOKS AT THE MAD SCRAMBLE TO MEET IT.>>Reporter: A CALM OUTSIDE THAT BELIES CHAOS INSIDE. CALL CENTRES INUNDATED AS AN ALL SYSTEM STRUGGLES TO KEEP UP WITH DEMAND. REBECCA ZIRK AND HER HUSBAND ARE STUCK AT HOME WITHOUT BAY, WRESTLING WITH THE EI PROCESS.>>WE’RE WAITING HOURS ON THE PHONE TO TALK TO ANYBODY.>>Reporter: WITH BILLS LOOMING.>>I’M VERY CONCERNED BECAUSE I’VE ALREADY BEEN QUARANTINING FOR ALMOST THREE WEEKS AND OUT OF WORK FOR ALMOST THREE WEEKS.>>Reporter: SHE IS FAR FROM ALONE AND THE NUMBERS ARE STAGGERING. NEARLY A MILLION CANADIANS APPLIED FOR EI JUST LAST WEEK AND THAT’S MORE THAN ANY OTHER MONTH SINCE THE COUNTRY STARTED KEEPING TRACK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR. WE’VE PROCESSED 143,000 TO INSURANCE CLAIMS.>>Reporter: THAT’S ONLY 15% OF THE CURRENT PILE THAT KEEPS GROWING AND THE GOVERNMENT IS RETOOLING, DESPERATELY TRYING TO STREAMLINE THE APPLICATION PROCESS AND THEY’VE MERGED EI AND THE TWO RELIEF BENEFITS INTO ONLY ONE SYSTEM. A FLAT RATE OF $2,000 A MONTH FOR EVERYONE IN THE HOPES THAT WILL MAKE IT EASIER TO GET MONEY OUT THE DOOR FAST.>>WE’RE TARGETING THE WEEK OF APRIL 6th FOR US TO DELIVER ON THIS FOR PEOPLE.>>Reporter: THAT’S WHEN THE ONLINE LINK WILL BE LIVE. DON’T EXPECT A DIRECT DEPOSIT FOR TEN DAYS AFTER THAT. TO GET IT ALL DONE, SERVICE CANADA IS HIRING AND HUNDREDS MORE CIVIL SERVANTS HAVE BEEN REDEPLOYED AS REINFORCEMENT AND SPEED IS KEY AND MISTAKES CAN BE FIXED LATER, SAYS THIS FORMER DEPUTY MINISTER.>>THEY HAVE TO ACTUALLY TRY TO GET THE MONEY OUT FAST RATHER THAN GET THE MONEY OUT CORRECT.>>Reporter: THAT IS THE GOAL, TO GET MONEY OUT QUICKLY AND THERE ARE ONLY A FEW QUESTIONS IN A DRAMATICALLY SIMPLIFIED APPLICATION PROCESS AND OTTAWA SAYS IT’S READY TO ADAPT IF FURTHER CHANGES ARE NEEDED IN THESE UNPRECEDENTED TIMES. SALIMAH SHIVJI, CBC NEWS, OTTAWA.>>Adrienne: SO LET’S TURN NOW TO THE NUMBER OF REPORTED CASES OF COVID-19 IN CANADA. THAT NUMBER HAS NOW TOPPED 3400 AND THAT’S AN INCREASE OF 617 FROM JUST LAST NIGHT. ONE WEEK AGO TODAY, ONLY 727 CASES WERE COUNTED ACROSS THE COUNTRY. ONCE AGAIN, IT’S QUEBEC THAT LEADS THE DAILY INCREASE, A LEAP OF MORE THAN 300. ALBERTA REPORTS AN INCREASE OF 61 CASES. NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR CLIMBED BY 32 CASES AND THAT’S A SMALL NUMBER BUT NEARLY DOUBLE THE TOTAL. REMEMBER, THESE NUMBERS ONLY REFLECT CASES THAT ARE KNOWN TO PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS. ONE THING THAT OBSCURES THE FULL PICTURE IS A DELAY IN GETTING TEST RESULTS. AMONG THOSE WAITING, HEALTHCARE WORKERS WHO ARE FORCED TO SELF-ISOLATE BECAUSE THEY DON’T KNOW IF THEY THEMSELVES POSE A THREAT. MERCIER-HOCHELAGA-MAISONNEUVE>>Reporter: DR. KATE TRAVIS IS SPENDING MORE TIME ALONE WITH HER CAT THESE DAYS, WAITING TO HEAR IF SHE HAS OR HAD COVID-19.>>I DEVELOPED SOME UPPER RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS, CHILLS, SORE THROAT.>>Reporter: SHE’S BEEN WAITING FOR HER RESULT FOR NINE DAYS AND FORCED LIKE MANY HEALTHCARE WORKERS TO STAY ON THE SIDELINE.>>IT IS FRUSTRATING KNOWING WE COULD BE AVAILABLE TO HELP.>>Reporter: IN ONTARIO ALONE, MORE THAN 10,000 PEOPLE ARE CURRENTLY WAITING FOR THEIR RESULTS. WE KNOW HOW LONG YOU WAIT FOR YOUR RESULTS VARIES WIDELY.>>Reporter: TODAY THE PRIME MINISTER SAID OFFICIALS ARE TRYING TO SPEED THINGS UP AND RIGHT NOW HE SAYS TEN THOUSAND PEOPLE ARE TESTED EVERYDAY AND EVERY STEP IS CRUCIAL, SAYS THIS INFECTION DISEASE SPECIALIST.>>ONE, YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE RIGHT TYPES OF SWABS, TWO, THE RIGHT PEOPLE WHO KNOW HOW TO DO THE SWABS PROPERLY AND THREE, YOU HAVE TO GET THEM TO A LAB AND FOUR, THEY HAVE TO BE PROCESSED IN THE LAB AND FIVE, YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE THOSE RESULTS BACK TO THE PATIENT AND ALSO TO THE PROVIDER WHO IS CARING FOR THE PATIENT.>>Reporter: HI HICCUPS ALONG THE WAY COULD MEAN DELAYS OR OTHER PROBLEMS. ALL THIS AS CONCERNS CONTINUE TO MOUNT ABOUT LOOMING SHORTAGES OF EQUIPMENT AND NECESSARY CHEMICALS.>>WE’RE VERY WORRIED BECAUSE THE CLINICAL SUPPLY CHAIN IS REALLY LIMITED.>>Reporter: JIM IS WORKING WITH SCIENTISTS AT FOUR OF THE HOSPITAL RESEARCH LABS.>>WE CAN CHANGE THE PROCEDURES AND THE CARE AND PRECISION.>>OVERALL, SUPER LUCKY.>>Reporter: UNTIL SOMETHING CHANGES, PEOPLE LIKE DR. TRAVIS WILL HAVE TO KEEP ON WAITING FOR RESULTS. MAKDA GHEBRESLASSIE, CBC NEWS, TORONTO.>>Adrienne: DIFFERENT PROVINCES ARE USING DIFFERENT STRATEGIES TO MONITOR THE VIRUS. LIEN YEUNG IS TRACKING THESE STORIES.>>Reporter: IN MANITOBA, THEY SAW THE LARGEST JUMP, 14 PEOPLE TESTED POSITIVE, BRINGING THE TOTAL TO 35 AND THAT INCLUDES A GIRL UNDER THE AGE OF TEN. ALL THE CASES ARE CONSIDERED TRAVEL RELATED. BUT IT’S MADE LIFE EVEN TOUGHER FOR THOSE WITH LOW INCOMES.>>ALL THE PEOPLE COMING INTO THE HOUSE ARE USING THE WASHROOMS, COUGHING, HACKING, AND I DIDN’T LIKE THAT BEFORE AND NOW WITH THIS PANDEMIC, IT’S BASICALLY HEIGHTENED IT.>>Reporter: TO HELP MANITOBA PREPARE, THE HEALTH MINISTER WANTS BUSINESSES TO OFFER PRODUCTS IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19.>>WE’RE WANTING TO BE CLEAR ON THIS AND WE’RE NOT OUT OF SUPPLIES, WE’RE DOING THIS OUT OF AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION.>>Reporter: HE SAYS THEY’RE LOOKING FOR EVERYTHING FROM TESTING COMPOUNDS TO GLOVES. ONE COMPANY HAS BEEN MAKING VENTILATOR PARTS AND THEY’RE OVERWHELMED WITH ORDERS AND THE OWNER SAYS THEIR PRIORITY NOW IS KEEPING THEIR STAFF HEALTHY.>>WE HAD FIVE OF THEM THAT HAD TO TAKE THE BUS AND I JUST SAID THAT CAN’T BE BECAUSE WE JUST CAN’T TAKE THAT CHANCE. SO WE ASKED LONDON LIMOS IN WINNIPEG TO SEE IF THEY COULD GIVE US A CAR AND THEY WOULD PICK UP OUR STAFF IN THE MORNING AND THEN TAKE THEM HOME IN THE EVENING.>>Reporter: SO EVERYONE DOING WHAT IT TAKES TO KEEP CRITICAL SUPPLY CHAIN GOING AND EVERYONE IS SAFE.>>Adrienne: IN THE UNITED STATES TODAY, ANOTHER SPIKE IN CASES. TEN THOUSAND MORE THAN YESTERDAY AS TESTING CATCHES UP TO THE SEVERITY ON THE GROUND. THE SEVERE CASES SURPASSED 65,000 AND MORE THAN 9,000 HAVE DIED AND THE HEAVIEST BURDEN WEIGHS ON NEW YORK WITH HALF OF THE COUNTRY’S CASES IN THAT STATE AND NEARLY 200 DEATHS IN NEW YORK CITY ALONE. SOME ARE DESCRIBING THAT CITY AS A WAR ZONE. AS STEPHEN D’SOUZA TELLS US, THE WORST IS, UNFORTUNATELY, YET TO COME.>>Reporter: IN NEW YORK, THE SCENE REMINISCENT OF 9-1-1, A MAKE-SHIFT WARD SET UP OUTSIDE OF A HOSPITAL READY FOR AN INFLUX OF BODIES. NEW YORK CITY IS THE NOW THE EPICENTRE OF THE OUTBREAK WITH A THIRD OF ALL OF THE CASES. THAT DOESN’T EVEN INCLUDE PEOPLE LIKE THIS WOMAN. SHE WORRIES NEW YORK IS THE CANARY IN THE COALMINE FOR THE REST OF THE AREA. OFFICIALS ARE PREPARING FOR HOSPITALS TO BE OVERRUN. THEY SAY THEY NEED CLOSE TO 90,000 BEDS. AT A SINGLE HOSPITAL IN QUEENS, 13 DEATHS IN ONE DAY. THE HEALTHCARE WORKER HERSELF, SHE SAYS THIS SITUATION IS ALREADY DESIRE.>>THEY’RE PISSED OFF ABOUT THE LACK IN SUPPLIES AND THEY’RE OVERWHELMED AND THEY’RE SCARED.>>Reporter: SOME HAVE NOW TURNED TO THE BLACK MARKET.>>YOU SEE PALLETS UPON PALLETS OF EQUIPMENT, GOWNS AND 95 MASKS, CLOROX WIPES AND IT’S INSANE.>>Reporter: 35,000 HEALTHCARE WORKERS HAVE RETURNED TO HELP AND SOME SUPPLIES HAVE ARRIVED.>>WE DO NOT YET HAVE SECURED SUPPLIES FOR THREE WEEKS FROM NOW, FOUR WEEKS FROM NOW, FIVE WEEKS FROM NOW, BUT WE HAVE STILL SHOPPING.>>Reporter: HE ESTIMATES THE PEAK IS COMING IN THREE WEEKS.>>OVERWHELMED.>>Reporter: SO LIKE IN ITALY, NEW YORK HOSPITALS ARE PREPARING TO MAKE THE DIFFICULT DECISION, WHO GETS LIFE-SAVING TREATMENT AND WHO DOESN’T?>>THERE IS DISCUSSION ABOUT — THERE ARE ETHIC’S DISCUSSIONS THAT ARE ONGOING, BUT WE ARE NOT AT THAT POINT NOW.>>Reporter: THE FEAR IS THAT POINT IS NOT FAR AWAY. STEPHEN D’SOUZA, CBC NEWS, TORONTO.>>Adrienne: WASHINGTON, D.C. IS CLOSING ALL NONESSENTIAL BUSINESSES TONIGHT AND ON CAPITOL HILL, DAYS OF HEATED DISCUSSIONS MAY FINALLY HAVE RESULTED IN AN AGREEMENT FOR AN ECONOMIC AID PACKAGE. IT IS THE BIGGEST IN U.S. HISTORY. PAUL HUNTER HAS THE DETAILS.>>Reporter: WELL, WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THIS, STORED AWAY SOMEWHERED IN THE GIANT NATIONAL CATHEDRAL IN WASHINGTON, THOUSANDS OF MASKS NOW DONATED TO MEDICAL WORKERS ELSEWHERE, ALL BUT OVERWHELMED BY CORONA. THERE’S CONFIDENCE THAT THE $2 TRILLION AID PACKAGE WILL BE SIGNED OFF ON THIS WEEK, WITH THE U.S. ECONOMY ALL ABOUT FROZEN BY THE CRISIS, THE IDEA IS THAT $2 TRILLION WILL KEEP THINGS AFLOAT FOR THREE MONTHS. SAID DONALD TRUMP TONIGHT, IF THE CRISIS LASTS LONGER, HE’LL GO BACK TO CONGRESS AND MORE WILL FOLLOW. WE’LL TAKE CARE OF THREE WORKERS THAT FUEL THIS COUNTRY.>>Reporter: MEANWHILE, A POTENTIAL NEW U.S. HOT SPOT WITH AUTHORITIES IN LOUISIANA NOW WORRIED LAST MONTH’S MARDI GRAS HELPED TO SPREAD THE VIRUS. BACK AT THE WHITE HOUSE TONIGHT, TRUMP DEFENDED HIS ACTION THAT PORTIONS COULD BE REOPENED BY EASTER. I HAVE HAD SO MANY PEOPLE AND THEY WANT TO PRACTISE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND THEY WANT TO PRACTISE NO HANDSHAKING, NO HANDSHAKING. THEY WON’T WALK AROUND HUGGING AND KISSING EACH OTHER IN THE OFFICE WHEN THEY COME BACK, EVEN THOUGH THEY MAY FEEL LIKE IT. IT’S TIME AND PEOPLE WANT TO GET BACK TO WORK.>>Reporter: THAT SAID, WHEN ASKED, TRUMP ALSO UNDERLINED — HOW MANY DEATHS ARE ACCEPTABLE TO ME? NONE, NONE, IF THAT’S YOUR QUESTION.>>Reporter: A DECISION ON EASING GUIDELINES THAT COULD REOPEN SOME OF THE ECONOMY, SAID TRUMP, COULD COME SOON, A DECISION NOT MADE IN HASTE, NOTHING RASH, MAYBE NEXT WEEK. PAUL HUNTER, CBC NEWS, WASHINGTON.>>Adrienne: THEY ARE SOME OF THE MOST VULNERABLE IN THIS PANDEMIC, CANADIANS IN LONG-TERM CARE HOMES.>>I AM NOT PERMITTED TO GO INTO SEE MY HUSBAND, I’M SORRY.>>Adrienne: COMING UP ON “THE NATIONAL,” FAMILIES LOCKED OUT AND WORRIED ABOUT THE CARE INSIDE FOR THEIR LOVED ONES AND THE REAL CONCERNS IF LIQUOR STORES CLOSE.>>WE WILL PLUS, A MESSAGE FROM C CRUTCH TO M CRUTCH.
MARK CRITCH. WE’RE BACK IN TWO.>>WE’RE WATCHING SEVERAL INTERNATIONAL CORONAVIRUS STORIES TONIGHT. SPAIN’S DEATH TOLL JUST SURPASSED CHINA’S. THE COUNTRY REPORTED 738 DEATHS OVERNIGHT AND A 27% JUMP FROM THE DAY BEFORE BRINGING THE TOTAL TO MORE THAN 3400. CHINA HAS ROUGHLY 3200 DEATHS. THIS VIDEO RELEASED BY THE SPANISH MILITARY SHOWS DISINFECTING SENIOR’S HOMES AND THE COUNTRY IS ON DAY 11 OF A NATION-WIDE LOCKDOWN. SPAIN NOW ONLY SECOND TO ITALY, WHERE MORE THAN 7500 HAVE DIED AND THE MILITARY IS SETTING UP EMERGENCY FIELD HOSPITALS BECAUSE THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IS OVERWHELMED. THIS ONE IN CREMONA IN THE REGION OF LOMBARDY AND THE COUNTRY HAS BEEN UNDER LOCKDOWN FOR MORE THAN TWO WEEKS AND OFFICIALS ARE HOPING TO FIND OUT SOON WHETHER THE MEASURES WILL, INDEED, FLATTEN THE CURVE. AND POLICE IN INDIA ARE USING VIOLENCE TO ENFORCE A NATION-WIDE LOCKDOWN. OFFICERS IN MUMBAI ARE BEATING PEOPLE WITH BATONS FOR BREAKING RULES AND ELSEWHERE, THEY’RE HANDING OUT PUSH-UPS AND SWATS AS A PHYSICAL PUNISHMENT. SO FAR, INDIA HAS OVER 500 CASES BUT THERE ARE FEARS THAT COULD BALLOON TO A MILLION BY MIDMAY. AMONG THOSE HUNKERING DOWN IN INDIA RIGHT NOW, THOUSANDS OF CANADIANS, MANY OF THEM VISITING FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND NOW THEY ARE FRANTIC TO GET OUT. BUT AS ANITA BATHE EXPLAINS, SOME SEEM TO BE LOSING HELP.>>I HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED. SO AT THE MOMENT WE HAVE NO WAY OF GETTING OUT OF INDIA.>>Reporter: RITA IS DESPERATE TO COME HOME, PLEADING ALONG WITH THOUSANDS OF OTHER CANADIANS FOR HELP.>>MY HUSBAND HAS AN OPERATION AND WE ARE SCARED THAT THE MEDICATION MAY RUN OUT.>>Reporter: THIS WOMAN FLE MAN FLEW WITH HIS AILING VIRUS.>>THIS IS A TOUGH CHOICE AND I JUST NEEDED TO BE THERE. IT WASN’T SOMETHING THAT WAS FRIVOLOUS OR NONESSENTIAL IN TERMS OF TRAVEL.>>Reporter: ALSO STUCK, OTTAWA’S DEBBIE LAVIGNE, SHE FEELS THEY’RE STRAND.>>I CAN TELL YOU THIS IS NOT THE CASE RIGHT NOW.>>Reporter: LAVIGNE HAS BEEN CALLING AND EMAILING THE GOVERNMENT NONSTOP.>>WE GOT A LIVE PERSON AND THEY ADVISED US TO FOLLOW TWEET AND THE NEWS.>>Reporter: IN A TWEET, THE FOREIGN AFFAIR’S MINISTER SAYS WE ARE AWARE THE LOCKDOWN IS MAKING IT DIFFICULT FOR CANADIANS STRANDED IN ITALY. MORE THAN 15,000 CANADIANS IN INDIA REGISTERED WITH GLOBAL AFFAIR’S CANADA BUT IT’S NOT CLEAR HOW MANY ACTUALLY WANT TO COME HOME. DOLLYWOOD IS PUTTING PRESSURE ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIR’S MEASURE.>>WE’RE TRYING TO GET THEM ACCESS TO THE AIR FIELD AND I’M CERTAIN ONCE THAT HAS OPENED UP, WE WILL DO EVERY EFFORT TO BRING EVERY CANADIAN OUT THERE.>>Reporter: LITTLE COMFORT FOR THOSE WHO REMAIN STUCK WITH LITTLE HOPE OF GETTING HOME. ANITA BATHE, CBC NEWS, VANCOUVER.>>Adrienne: PRINCE CHARLES TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS AFTER APPEARING TO TAKE PAINS TO AVOID DIRECT CONTACT WITH PEOPLE.>>LOOK CLOSELY AND YOU CAN SEE THE PRINCE OF WALES IS DECLINING TO SHAKE HANDS AND DOING THE TRADITIONAL NAMASTE.>>Adrienne: HIS FINAL PUBLIC APPEARANCE JUST UNDER TWO WEEKS AGO. SO CHARLES’ POSITIVE TEST RESULT CAME LATE LAST NIGHT AFTER HE SHOWED SOME MILD SYMPTOMS. SHE’S SELF ISOLATING ALONG WITH HIS WIFE, AND THERE WAS CONCERNS WHETHER HE AFFECTED THE QUEEN BUT THE PALACE SAYS SHE’S IN GOOD HEALTH AND TODAY RELEASE ADD PHOTO SHOWING HER WEEKLY CALL WITH THE PRIME MINISTER.>>>NEXT, WE LOOK AT THE CONCERNS AND CHALLENGES INSIDE CANADA’S LONG-TERM CARE HOME.>>THE RESIDENTS WANDERING IN EACH OTHER’S ROOMS.>>Adrienne: WHAT’S BEING DONE TO PROTECT SOME OF THE MOST VULNERABLE TO COVID-19. AND THE DOCTORS ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS, INCLUDING SHOULD I CHANGE MY CLOTHES WHEN I GET HOME FROM WORK AND WASH THEM? BUT FIRST, THIS IS WHAT TREATING COVID-19 PATIENTS LEAVES BEHIND. FRONT-LINE HEALTHCARE WORKERS AROUND THE WORLD ARE SENDING OUT SELFIES. THEY’RE FACES ARE BRUISED AND RAWS FROM HOURS OF WEARING THE MASKS AND GOGGLES AND THOSE EYES ARE PORTRAITS OF EXHAUSTION. FROM ALL OF THE WORKERS, IMPOSSIBLE TO IGNORE MESSAGES FROM THE REST OF US. I’M AFRAID, TOO, SAYS THIS ITALIAN NURSE, BUT NOT AFRAID TO GO SHOPPING BUT TO GO TO WORK. FROM THIS DOCTOR IN THE U.K., I FEEL BROKEN AND WE’RE ONLY AT THE START. I AM BEGGING TO PLEASE, PLEASE DO SOCIAL DISTANCING AND SEVEN-DAY FORECAST ISOLATION. AND THIS HEALTHCARE WORKER IN ITALY, IT WILL PASS IF WE’RE GREN THE BEGINNING, WE’VE HEARD WARNINGS ABOUT OUTBREAKS IN THE LONG-TERM CARE HOMES AND ALREADY IN CANADA, WE’VE SEEN CASES IN LONG-TERM CARE HOMES IN FOUR PROVINCES. IN B.C. ALONE, THERE HAVE BEEN SIX SEPARATE HOMES BY THE OUTBREAKS. DAVID COCHRAN LOOKS AT THE CHALLENGES IN KEEPING RESIDENTS SAFE.>>Reporter: THERE ARE FEW PLACES MORE HIGH RISK THAN CANADA’S LONG-TERM CARE HOMES AND MORE THAN HALF THE COUNTRY’S DEATHS LINKEDEATHS LINKED TO THIS B.C. HOM
E PROMPTING SEVERAL PROVINCES TO LOCK DOWN FACILITIES, BAN VISITORS AND EXTRA STAFF PAID FOR BY FAMILIES.>>I AM NOT PERMITTED TO GO IN TO SEE MY HUSBAND. I’M SORRY.>>Reporter: PEOPLE LIKE MARGARET CALVER WORRY THERE AREN’T ENOUGH STAFF TO PROPERLY CARE FOR RESIDENTS LIKE HER HUSBAND, WAYNE, WHO LIVES ON THE SAME FLOOR AS SOMEONE WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID. DO YOU HAVE WORRIES ABOUT HOW EFFECTIVELY YOU CAN ISOLATE PEOPLE ON A DEMENTIA WARD, PEOPLE WHO MAY BE PRONE TO WANDERING, HOW EFFECTIVELY YOU CAN DO THAT WITH JUST TWO STAFF?>>ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE. THE RESIDENTS WANDERING IN AND OUT OF EACH OTHER’S ROOMS AND THERE ARE INTERACTIONS BETWEEN THE RESPONSIBILITIES AND SOMETIMES QUITE NEGATIVE WITH BEHAVIOUR ISSUES. SO I’M NOT SURE HOW THEY’RE GOING TO KEEP THE RESIDENTS IN THEIR ROOMS.>>Reporter: THE HOME SAYS THE BEST POSSIBLE PROTOCOLS ARE IN PLACE TO PROTECT OUR RESIDENTS AND THERE ARE EFFORTS TO REDIRECT COMMUNITY THE EFFORTS TO THE. ROOM. ROOM. THE EFFECT, MANY WORRY, WILL BE CHAOS INSIDE HOMES.>>THE ISSUE WITH WANDERING RESIDENTS HAVING LOCKED-DOWN UNITS WHERE THERE AREN’T ENOUGH STAFF TO HELP QUARANTINE THESE INDIVIDUALS, YOU CAN’T LOCK SOMEBODY IN THEIR ROOMS, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY HAVE DEMENTIA.>>Reporter: THE PROVINCE IS RACING NOW TO BRING IN MORE STAFF. CARE HOMES, AFTER ALL, ARE WHERE RISK AND NEED ARE AMONG THE HIGHEST. DAVID COMMON, CBC NEWS, TORONTO. [ * ]>>Adrienne: TIME NOW FOR YOUR QUESTIONS. EVERY NIGHT ON THE THIS IS “THE NATIONAL,” WE’RE DEVOTING TIME TO GETTING ANSWERS FROM THE EXPERTS AND OBVIOUSLY, IT’S STILL LIGHT OUTSIDE AND WE RECORDED THIS EARLIER. DR. ISAAC BOGOCH AND DR. JANINE MCCREADY AND THE MICHAEL GARRON HOSPITAL, BOTH IN TORONTO. LET’S JUST DIVE RIGHT IN HERE. SO THE FIRST ONE IS ONE WE GET EVERYDAY, CAN COVID-19 BE TRANSMITTED TO THE HANDLING OF MAIL OR A NEWSPAPER? DR. MCCREADY?>>SO FAR, THERE’S NO EVIDENCE THAT IT CAN BE TRANSMITTED ON PAPER OR NEWSPAPER. THERE WAS A STUDY SAYING THE POTENTIAL CAN LIVE ON CARDBOARD. SO WHAT I WOULD SUGGEST IS EVERYDAY WE LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS VIRUS AND THAT EVERY TIME SOMETHING NEW THAT’S BEEN TOUCHED BY MULTIPLE PEOPLE COMES INTO YOUR HOME, WASH YOUR HANDS AND AFTER YOU’VE TAKEN A LOOK AT SOMETHING, TOUCHED IT, MAKE SURE YOU WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY AND THAT WILL MAKE SURE YOUR PROTECTED.>>Adrienne: NEXT ONE FOR DR. GOGOCH, SHOUL BOGOCH, SHOULD I CHANGE
MY CLOTHES WHEN I GET HOME FROM WORK?>>THAT’S A TOUGH ONE. IT DEPENDS WHAT YOU COME INTO CONTACT THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND PERCEPTIONS TOWARDS RISK. DR. MCCREADY AND I WORK IN HOSPITALS AND WHEN I COME HOME FROM WORK, I WILL BE CHANGING AND LAUNDERING MY CLOTHES. I APPRECIATE OTHER PEOPLE MAY NOT BE IN CONTACT WITH OTHER PEOPLE OR HIGH CONTACT SURFACES THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND MAY CHOOSE NOT TO DO SO. I THINK IF THERE’S ANY QUESTION AS TO WHETHER OR NOT YOU WERE IN TOUCH WITH SOME HIGH-CONTACT OR HIGH-RISK SURFACES, IT’S JUST AN EASY THING TO DO.>>Adrienne: DR. MCCREADY, SINCE THE VIRUS TRAVELS VIA DROPLETS AND NOW AIRBORNE, HOW CAN YOU GET THE VIRUS FROM SOMEONE CLOSE THAT HASN’T SNEEZED OR TOUCHED YOU?>>SO THAT’S A GREAT QUESTION AND SO AN IMPORTANT ONE. OFTENTIMES IN OUR SOCIAL INTERACTION, EVEN IF YOU’RE JUST CLOSE TO SOMEONE, YOU MIGHT INADVERTENTLY TOUCH THEM OR MORE IMPORTANTLY TOUCH SOMETHING THEY’LL TOUCH. IF YOU’RE CHATTING WITH A FRIEND, YOU MIGHT TOUCH YOUR CELL PHONE AND IF YOU’VE TOUCHED YOUR NOSE OR MONTH AND TOUCH YOUR CELL PHONE, YOU MAY SHOW THEM A PICTURE, TOUCH YOUR PHONE AND THEY’LL TOUCH THAT AND THERE IS A COVID-19 ON THAT PHONE, THEY COULD TOUCH THAT AND THEN TOUCH THEIR MOUTH OR NOSE AND TRANSMIT IT TO THEMSELVES. THAT HAPPENS MULTIPLE TIMES AND IN EVERY SOCIAL INTERACTION AND THAT’S ONE THING THAT CAN HAPPEN. AND THE CLOSER WE ARE TO PEOPLE, THE MORE LIKELY THE VIRUS IS GOING TO USE THOSE OPPORTUNITIES TO GET FROM ONE PERSON TO ANOTHER AND CONTINUE TO SPREAD.>>Adrienne: SO DR. BOGOCH, CAN YOU JUMP IN THERE?>>ABSOLUTELY. AS DISGUSTING AS IT MIGHT SOUND, EVEN THOUGH SOMEONE IS NOT COUGHING OR SNEEZING, YOU ARE STILL UNINTENTIONALLY SPITTING AND GETTING SALIVA OUT OF OUR MOUTHS AND INTO THE WORLD AROUND US, WHETHER WE THINK WE ARE OR NOT. CERTAINLY, THAT CAN FALL ON TO SURFACES AND PEOPLE CAN TOUCH THOSE SURFACES AND TOUCH THEIR EYES, NOSE OR MOUTH AND INADVERTENTLY INFECT THEMSELVES. EVEN IF SOMEONE IS INFECTED WITH MINIMAL SYMPTOMS, THEY’RE ABLE TO TRANSMIT THIS INFECTION TO CLOSE CONTACTS, AS WELL.>>Adrienne: NEXT, CAN I LOOK AFTER MY DAUGHTER’S DOG WITHOUT WORRYING ABOUT, YOU KNOW, INFECTION FROM THE DOG OR INFECTING SOMEONE IN MY FAMILY?>>I THINK WE’VE GOT TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT THIS. WE’RE NOT SHAKING EACH OTHER’S HANDS. WE’RE NOT GOING AROUND GIVING EACH OTHER HIGH FIVES. I REMEMBER WHEN NBA STOPPED DOING THAT, BEFORE THE NBA WAS CANNED. CANCELED. OF COURSE, DOGS AND CATS AND PETS NEED LOVE AND NEED TO BE CUDDLED, BUT IT’S PROBABLY BEST FOR AS FEW PEOPLE TO DO THAT AS POSSIBLE, JUST BECAUSE WE CAN LIKELY TRANSMIT THE INFECTION AND IT COULD GET ON THE FUR OF THE ANIMAL AND TRANSMITTED TO ANOTHER PERSON THAT WAY.>>Adrienne: LAST QUESTION, IS THERE ANYTHING THE PUBLIC CAN DO TO HELP MAKE SURE THAT HEALTH WORKERS HAVE THE PROPER PROTECTION THAT THEY NEED? DR. MCCREADY?>>IF PEOPLE HAVE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT THAT IS NEW OR UNUSED AND A LOT OF PLACES IN HOSPITALS WOULD LOVE TO HAVE IT.>>Adrienne: THANK YOU TO BOTH OF YOU VERY MUCH.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU.>>Adrienne: AS WE’VE MENTIONED, WE’LL BE ASKING YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT COVID-19 EVERY NIGHT GOING FORWARD, SO SEND US THE QUESTIONS YOU HAVE. WE KNOW YOU HAVE A LOT OF THEM AND YOU CAN MESSAGE US DIRECTLY ON [email protected] NEXT ON “THE NATIONAL,” AN URGENT APPEAL TO CONSIDER LIQUOR STORES ESSENTIAL SERVICES. LONG LINES AND PANIC BUYING WHEN P.E.I. CLOSED ITS DOORS. SO WE LOOK THE TH HEALTH CONCERNS AT PLAY HERE.>>IT DIDN’T SEEM LIKE A MOVIE AT FIRST.>>Adrienne: WHO BETTER TO GIVE US A PEP TALK FOR A PANDEMIC?>>WELCOME BACK. TODAY THE GOVERNMENT OF P.E.I. REOPENED ONE OF ITS LIQUOR STORES AFTER ALL LIQUOR STORES WERE DEEMED NONESSENTIAL SERVICES AND SHUT DOWN, LEAVING SOME WORRIED ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES KAYLA HOUNSELL EXPLAINS.>>Reporter: THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED WHEN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND ANNOUNCED IT WOULD CLOSE GOVERNMENT-RUN LIQUOR STORES.>>I’M DISAPPOINTED IN ISLANDER’S RESPONSE.>>ALCOHOL IS NOT CONSIDERED AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE.>>Reporter: BUT THOSE WHO LIVE WITH ALCOHOLISM SAY IT ABSOLUTELY IS. CAROL ARSEANU HAS BEEN SOBRIETIER FOR FOUR AND A HALF MONTHS.>>IF I DID NOT HAVE BE DOCTORS MONITORING ME, I COULD HAVE HAD A STROKE OR HEART ATTACK.>>Reporter: P.E.I.’S CHIEF PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER LATER APOLOGIZED AND TODAY REOPENED ONE LIQUOR STORE. BUT IN NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR, THE DOORS REMAINED SHUT WITH TELEPHONE AND ONLINE ORDERS AVAILABLE. ONTARIO, QUEBEC AND NOVA SCOTIA ARE KEEPING LIQUOR STORES OPEN, AT LEAST FOR NOW.>>THERE ARE THOSE IN NOVA SCOTIA WHOSE HEALTH REQUIREMENTS NEED ACCESS TO THIS PRODUCT. WE KNOW THERE ARE FAMILY SITUATIONS WHERE PEOPLE ARE LIVING IN DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES, WHETHER IT’S DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND ABUSE, THAT THE RESTRICTION OF THIS PRODUCT COULD ESCALATE THAT.>>Reporter: ADDICTION’S EXPERT UNDERSCORE THE SERIOUS HEALTH IMPLICATIONS OF WITHDRAWAL.>>WE WILL SEE AN INCREASE IN DEATH IF THEY ARE CLOSED DOWN AND WE WILL SEE SERVICES FOR PEOPLE WITH ALCOHOL ADDICTION BECOME OVERWHELMED AND OVERRUN.>>Reporter: ERS, TWO, COULD BE OVERRESIDENT.>>PEOPLE MAY TURN TO NON-BEVERAGE ALCOHOL. EVEN WHEN THE NON-BEVERAGE ALCOHOL STARTS TO DISAPPEAR HERE LIKE HAND SANITIZER AND THINGS LIKE THAT, PEOPLE TURN TO MORE RISKIER FORMS OF ALCOHOL AND WE SAW EXAMPLES OF THAT IN SARS, PEOPLE CONSUMING ANTIFREEZE.>>I HOPE THEY MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION, NOT JUST FOR ALCOHOLICS BUT EVERYONE IN LINE, MAYBE, FOR ONE OF THE FEW CARE BEDS AND MAY NOT BE ABLE TO GET ONE.>>Reporter: THEY AGREE THAT NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO JUDGE BUT OFFER EMPATHY IN THE SAFEST WAY POSSIBLE. KAYLA HOUNSELL, CBC NEWS, HALIFAX.>>Adrienne: NEXT ON “THE NATIONAL,” A LITTLE HOPE AND A LITTLE LAUGH FROM MARK CRITCH. PLUS, A FIRST DANCE IN THE AGE OF COVID-19. THEIR MOMENT AHEAD IN TONIGHT’S “MOMENT.” BUT FIRST, YOU’VE SEEN THEIR FACES EVERYDAY FOR MORE THAN TWO WEEKS NOW AND THEY ARE CANADA’S CHIEF PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICERS AND THEY’VE BECOME NEW KINDS OF UNWHITTING CELEBRITYING DURING THIS CRISIS, INSPIRING T-SHIRTS, FAN ACCOUNTS AND EVEN A SONG OR TWO. [ * ] [ * ]>>Adrienne: SOME EVEN WANT TO DRESS LIKE THEM.>>ALBERTA’S CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER WORE A SMOKING LILY DRESS AND OUR EMAIL BOX WENT INSANE.>>Adrienne: THAT DRESS IS NOW SOLD OUT, IN CASE YOU’RE WONDERING AND DURING THESE UNCERTAIN TIME, THEY ARE PART OF OUR ROUTINE, GIVING US THE REASSURANCE WE WILL GET>>FOR MANY HEALTHCARE WORKERS, THIS BRINGS UP MEMORIES, AND HERE IS ONE CASE.>>Reporter: DISINFECTING AFTER EVERY PATIENT IS THE NEW REALITY FOR DR. JAVAD ALOU. AS A FRONT-LINE WORKER, HE KNOWS HE’S HIGH RISK FOR COVID-19.>>IT’S HARD TO ACCEPT WE MAY BE AT HIGH RISK THAN THE AVERAGE GENERAL PUBLIC WHO CAN AFFORD TO STAY AWAY. WE CAN’T. EVERYDAY WE’RE BACK HERE.>>Reporter: DR. ALOU KNOWS THAT’S PART OF THE JOB. HE WORKED DURING SARS AND THAT’S HOW HE ENDED UP IN THIS CLINIC.>>THE DOCTOR I WORKED WITH DIED OF SARS AND HE ENDED WITH IT FROM A PATIENT HE TOOK CARE OF.>>Reporter: HE WAS ASKED TO FILL IN AT THIS CLINIC AND THREE OF THE FOUR DOCTORS HOSPITALIZED AND ONE IN CRITICAL CONDITION.>>ONE DAY, THE NURSE CAME IN CRYING, SAYING HE’S PASSED AWAY AND SO, WE ALL KNEW THAT THE PERSON THAT THEY HAD BEEN WORKING WITH FOR SO LONG WASN’T GOING TO BE COMING BACK AFTER SARS. AND THERE WAS A STRONG BOND BETWEEN THE PATIENTS INHERITED AND THIS IS A RELATIONSHIP THAT LASTED UNTIL TODAY AND SOMETHING THAT HAS BROUGHT US TOGETHER, RECOGNISING THE COMMON HUMANITY AND THE COMMON RISK IN GETTING CARE WHEN WE NEED IT AND GIVING CARE WHEN WE CAN.>>THEY TOLD ME MY OFFICE WAS OFFICIALLY CLOSED.>>Reporter: NOW WHEN DR. ALOU MEETS HIS PATIENTS, HE REMEMBERS A LESSON HE HAD.>>I REMEMBER THIS ONE MAN AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I MET HIM AT THE PEAK OF SARS. I DID AN ANNUAL EXAMINATION, SOMETHING YOU WOULDN’T WANT TO DO, WE’RE DEFERRING THEM, SAYING, YOU’RE WELL AND LET’S LEAVE THAT ASSESSMENT FOR LATER. DURING THE EXAMINATION, I REALIZED HE HAD CANCER. THERE I WAS WEARING FULL GEAR WITH THE MASKS, GOWN AND GLOVES, TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING THIS HORRIBLE AND TELL HIM, HI, I KNOW WE JUST MET, BUT I THINK YOU HAVE CANCER. THEN I HAD TO PLAN FOR HIM TO GET HIS CARE.>>Reporter: THE MAN HAD HIS SURGERY THREE DAYS LATER AND SURVIVED. HE’S STILL ONE OF DR. ALOU’S PATIENTS TODAY.>>EVERY TIME I SEE HIM AND HIS FAMILY, I REMEMBER WHAT HE WENT THROUGH DURING THAT TIME AND RIGHT NOW, IT MAKES ME WORRY ABOUT THE PEOPLE WE WON’T BE TAKING CARE OF BECAUSE WE’RE SO DISTRACTED BY COVID RIGHT NOW.>>Reporter: THE LESSON ABOUT SARS IS AN IMPORTANT LESSON TODAY.>>Adrienne: THE “MOMENT” IS UP NEXT AND PEOPLE MUST STAY HOME RIGHT NOW TO LIMIT THE SPREAD OF THIS CORONAVIRUS. BUT BEING APART DOESN’T HAVE TO MEAN BEING ALONE. AS MARK CRITCH OF 22 MINUTES REMINDS US, WE ARE RESILIENT AND PROBLEM SOLVERS. HERE HE IS FOR “THE NATIONAL.”>>BACK WHEN THIS WHOLE PANDEMIC THING STARTED, MY WIFE TWEETED, TO AVOID THE CORONAVIRUS, DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE AND TO AVOID CORONAVIRUS PANIC, DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACEBOOK AND COULDN’T HAVE BEEN MORE RIGHT ABOUT HOW WRONG ABOUT HOW THINGS WOULD SEEM. EITHER THEY THOUGHT COVID-19 WAS NO BIG DEAL OR THOUGHT THAT THIS WAS THE END OF THE WORLD. IT ALL SEEMED LIKE A MOVIE AT FIRST AND IT WASN’T HAPPENING AND TOM HANKS GOT IT AND WHAT, COVID, NOT COOL AND SOPHIE GREGOIRE-TRUDEAU GOT IT AND WHAT? HOW? REALLY. REMEMBER THE GOOD OLD DAYS AND NOT THE DAYS OF CONCERTS AND RESTAURANTS BUT TEACHER STRIKES AND RAILROAD BLOCKADES, BACK BEFORE A PACKAGE OF TOILET PAPER COST MORE THAN A BARREL OF OIL AND I STARTED LIMITING THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE I WOULD MEET UP WITH, JUST ONE OR TWO PEOPLE AT A TIME TO MAKE IT FEEL LIKE WE HAD FRIENDS. IT’S FRUSTRATING, BUT THE BEST THING WE CAN DO RIGHT NOW IS NOTHING. IF WE SELF-ISOLATE, WE CAN BEAT THIS THING. YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT ISOLATION DOESN’T HAVE TO MEAN YOU’RE ALONE. YOUR SENIORS, OFTEN THE MOST IGNORED CITIZENS HAVE BEEN ON LOCKDOWN. THE NORTH POND MANOR OPENED UP TO GET ONE-ON-ONE TIME WITH LOVED ONE. THIS IS A UNIQUE TIME IN HISTORY. YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO BE A HERO BY STAYING HOME AND LETTING THE REAL HEROES DO THEIR JOBS. FOR THE PAST FEW NIGHTS PEOPLE OF VANCOUVER HAVE TAKEN TO THEIR BALCONIES AND WINDOWS TO APPLAUD HEALTHCARE WORKERS WHEN THE SHIFT CHANGE HAPPENS AT 7:00 P.M. [ * ]>>OUR ARTISTS SOME OF THE FIRST PEOPLE WE TURN TO DURING TRAGEDIES, THEY PUT ON CONCERTS AND RAISE MONEY AND OUR SPIRITS. BUT MOST OF THE ARTISTS I KNOW HAVE HAD GIGS CANCEL BECAUSE OF THE OUTBREAK. SO WHAT DID ALLEN DOYLE DO WHEN HE FOUND HI HIMSELF AT THE TOP OF THE CHARTS WITH NO ONE TO PLAY FOR? HE WENT BUSTING ON FACEBOOK. EVERY NIGHT, THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TUNED IN FOR A SUPPERTIME SING ALONG AND HE’S RAISED $20,000 SO FAR. WE MAY BE SEPARATED RIGHT NOW, BUT IT’S THE ONLY WAY WE’LL GET THROUGH THIS THING TOGETHER. AS ISOLATED AS WE ARE, THE BEST THING TO DO IS TO REMIND EACH OTHER WE’RE NOT ALONE. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELVES AND EACH OTHER.>>Adrienne: JOSH ANDAS AND ANASTA AND ANASTACIAS’ WEDDING PLANS WERE DISRUPTED SO THEIR FRIENDS HAD TO GET CREATIVE AND THAT IS OUR “MOMENT.”>>WE GOT IN OUR LIMO.>>AS WE STARTED APPROACHING, WE WERE, LIKE, I NE KNOW THAT FACE, THAT FACE AND WE STARTED REALIZES, THOSE ARE OUR FRIENDS FROM CHURCH WE COULD NOT INVITE AND LINED UP ON THE STREETS. THEY WERE IN THEIR CARS, SEPTEMBER THEIR SOCIAL DISTANCE AND HONKING AND CHEERING AND SCREAMING. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>SOME MADE, LIKE, HANDMADE SIGNS AND HAD SPARKLERS FROM PREVIOUS WEDDINGS.>>AND THEY SAID, YOU SHOULD HAVE A FIRST DANCE.>>THEY ALL, BASICALLY, TURNED ON THE RUE T RADIO TO THE SAME STATION, CARS LINING THE STREET AND THERE WE ARE, DANCING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET.>>IT WAS SO GREAT.>>IT WAS THE WORLD’S BEST SURPRISE PARTY.>>Adrienne: TO KIDDING. SO IT IS STARTING TO FEEL LIKE WE’RE ALL LIVING THROUGH WHAT WILL ONE DAY BE A THICK CHAPTER OF A HISTORY BOOK AND HERE IS HOPING A COUPLE OF PAGES ARE RESERVED FOR THE CREATIVITY AND KINDNESS. THAT IS “THE NATIONAL” FOR MARCH 25th. GOODNIGHT.

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