COVID-19 Diary – Day 43

Many businesses have been hit very hard by COVID-19, but one that stands out from the rest is the Vancouver Aquarium. This non-profit organization and sea life hospital has been a cornerstone of Vancouver tourism for long since before I was born. Unfortunately, even with cutbacks, it is bleeding money fast, and while it’s closed down it has almost no way to make back the needed funds. In an effort to help save it, the White Caps partnered with the Vancouver Aquarium to release a series of stylish non-medical masks. And after only a few days, they have announced over $1,000,000 in mask sales! While it doesn’t mean the Vancouver Aquarium is safe, it will definitely help to keep it afloat for now.

More info can be found here. You can visit the gift shop to help support the aquarium here.

Early on in the pandemic, a lot of assumptions were made about COVID-19. I’m not talking about anything particularly wild or out of the ordinary, just a number of basic assumptions that were considered fairly safe bets. Stuff like, when your blood-oxygen level goes down to critical levels, you should be put on a ventilator. Or that COVID-19 is a respiratory illness and doesn’t affect the heart, brain or blood of a body. Or that antibodies equal immunity. Or that herd immunity is possible. These are among many other entirely reasonable assumptions based on other illnesses and corona viruses we’ve encountered in the past. But over the last several months every one of the assumptions above, and a great many more have been called into question. It feels like the more we study COVID-19, the more we learn that we may not know almost anything about it. This article by the New York Intelligencer Magazine does an excellent job of going over these concerns and summarizing the difficulties doctors have had while dealing with the virus. I highly recommend checking it out!

That’s all for now, stay safe everyone!

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