As we come to the half month in almost shutdown time here in BC, there’s a lot to think about. In this time, we as a community have gone through a lot of different stages. Many of us experienced some form of denial to the seriousness of the situation. Some of us may have made attempts at acting out against isolation ordinances, possibly by using public spaces, parks, and beaches when we were not supposed to. We’ve probably all been angry at the situation. We’ve grieved the loss of the feeling of control we had over our lives, and the loss of direct human physical connection. Some of us have even had to grieve the loss of lives of those we know and love.
But we have also begun to adapt!
- DJ Pandemonium has begun DJ’ing sets from home on their twitch account
- Brainstorm Trivia has been taking their pub trivia online on Facebook
- The BC Furry community has begun coordinating online chat and gaming on Discord
- Many people have begun expressing their sexuality in safer distanced ways through sites like OnlyFans (sorry no links on that one)
- Even the Vancouver Convention Centre may be converted for overflow healthcare purposes!
And there are plenty of other individuals doing private online events with their friends to help connect and pass the time in a healthy way, such as Netflix watch parties, online gaming, and video conferencing. We are a strong community, and we are fighting back with charity, humour, good will, and just a touch of silliness.
I also want to give a shout out to the local Vancouver company Ocalink that is working towards a very lofty goal of producing 1 million ventilators within a 90 day window. And it looks like they could pull it off. Check out more info here. This kind of thing could be a real game changer, not just for COVID-19, but for any number of respiratory illnesses in the future.
Stay safe and healthy everyone!