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Month: March 2020

Day Sixteen of ORCA in Switzerland – Pandemic Solitude

Day Sixteen of ORCA in Switzerland – Pandemic Solitude

I was writing a Facebook post when I thought of the term Pandemic Solitude and I love it so much that I wanted to use it as a title for today’s blog post. For most people during the pandemic the order is, stay with the people you live with but avoid being close to others. When you live with no one this means that you should avoid being close to anyone. Yesterday and today I exchanged words with petrol station…

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Day Fifteen of ORCA in Switzerland – Pandemic Fatigue

Day Fifteen of ORCA in Switzerland – Pandemic Fatigue

Now that we’re in week 5 of self-isolation and Day fifteen of ORCA I am getting pandemic fatigue. As it’s Monday I could make the effort of going to the shops to get fresh food rather than deplete the reserves I have but my motivation is not there. It has come cold and windy and the rate of infection is still high. I expect that by the end of today Vaud will hit the three thousand case mark. Yesterday I…

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Day Fourteen of Orca in Switzerland – Simulating An Epidemic

Day Fourteen of Orca in Switzerland – Simulating An Epidemic

This morning I watched the Simulating an epidemic and it’s interesting. The person is not an expert. He played with various models to show how epidemics spread over a period of time when variables such as infectiousness, social distancing, quarantining and other variables are implemented. If one hundred percent of people self-isolate then the duration of an epidemic is cut short from lack of people to infect. This is what every nation should have done. With such measures the duration…

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Day Thirteen of Orca in Switzerland – Reaching Goals

Day Thirteen of Orca in Switzerland – Reaching Goals

Life during a Pandemic is quite the existential challenge so reaching goals is good. Today I walked the last two kilometres to reach the March challenge goal of walking 298.8Km. In ordinary times this would be a great achievement but during a pandemic, it’s even more interesting. Although it might seem superficial to reach such a goal it had two key benefits. The first of these benefits is that it got me to focus on the future, to think about…

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Day Twelve of Orca in Switzerland – Three Kilometres to go

Day Twelve of Orca in Switzerland – Three Kilometres to go

I have just three kilometres to go before I reach the Activity goal of walking 298.8 kilometres in a month. Reaching the goal in and of itself is relatively easy. What makes it a challenge is doing it during a pandemic when you need to keep a safe distance from everyone. Some days I got tired of avoiding people so I felt like giving up but I kept at it and now I know I will succeed. 298.8 kilometres is…

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Day Eleven of Orca in Switzerland – Clothes Have Been Barricaded Away

Day Eleven of Orca in Switzerland – Clothes Have Been Barricaded Away

Today’s joke is that clothes have been barricaded away as you can see in the featured photo. I find the idea of hiding clothing behind a wall of beers amusing. How often would you see this. I hope that your underwear and socks are new because if they’re not you may spend weeks or even months feeling uncomfortable. The queues to get into the shops are not bad and I did see at least two couples walking together in shops…

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Day ten of Orca in Switzerland – The New Normal

Day ten of Orca in Switzerland – The New Normal

Today I’m getting to grips with the new normal. The new normal is queuing like people did before self-checkout and other technology. We also need to queue to get into shops and you either need to take a trolley or a shopping bag if you want to buy things. No more baskets as they are harder to disinfect and keep clean. “Pardon me, miss, but you can’t use these trolleys, you need to use those trolleys. This is the column…

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Day Nine of Orca in Switzerland – Not Our first Epidemic, but the most severe.

Day Nine of Orca in Switzerland – Not Our first Epidemic, but the most severe.

This is not our first epidemic. In the 21st century I saw the actions to spread Foot and Mouth from spreading in South West England. Dartmoor was closed and precautions were taken to protect animals. We also lived through the BSE crisis, i.e. Mad cow disease. From 2002 we had the SARS outbreak and that was our first taste of a pandemic. During this time we disinfected our desks before every shift and at the end of every shift. We…

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Day Eight of Orca in Switzerland – Herded like Cattle

Day Eight of Orca in Switzerland – Herded like Cattle

Today I was herded like cattle at the shops and walked along the edge of a field I had never walked along before. At the shops they put tape up, like a maze to force people to walk a certain circuitous route. The circuitous route would be fascinating if the shops were full but they weren’t so it was a hindrance. The issue is not walking. I love walking. The issue is that you get stuck behind people and people…

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Day Seven of Orca in Switzerland – Quietness

Day Seven of Orca in Switzerland – Quietness

Today’s topic is quietness. As the weather was bad, and as there is no reason to leave the home unless you have to work, or to go for a walk everywhere was quiet. The roads were quiet, with few cars, the paths between fields were quiet. Even the motorway was quiet, as you can tell from the image above. It took just seconds for traffic to be rare enough for me to take this image. On a normal weekend, you’d…

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