Day 8 and WFH

I worked completely from home (WFH) for the first time in my life today! Honestly it was not my favourite, mainly because I am already feeling a little over the idea of sitting in one spot all day. On the plus side, my snack options were endless and I wore joggers and there was no commute!

I slept well again last night and felt much more normal this morning than I have this week. I had to be up early to log into a webinar hosted by the technology office (yes, that is a thing that exists, and no, before this explosion of telehealth I’d never heard of it). They went over best practices and a few simple how-to’s for managing telehealth. They have another one next week on how to bill with all of this, which I think will be even more informative.

It was a completely picture-perfect day in Vancouver, so I went for a run with Greg (we stayed far apart) and he let me rattle on about the last few days. Much needed. After that I had patient visits (both phone and video) plus charting and calls to pharmacies etc. for the rest of the day. It was a somewhat lower volume Thursday than usual (20 patients + paperwork). Jan worked in the bedroom and I took over the dining room table.

J and I did take a couple of walks around the block- at noon, 5ish and 7. It was nice to get some fresh air. Tonight we were supposed to be at his Canadian citizenship ceremony, which has of course been cancelled, so we’re both a little bummed. Our upcoming trip to Tofino has also been cancelled, but we’re definitely trying to have a positive attitude- both of these fun things will get rescheduled.

Because I’ve had the numbers running for a few days now: BC 271 cases (5 recovered, 8 deaths) and Canada 871 presumptive and confirmed cases (11 recovered, 12 deaths). So, are we flattening the curve? I’ve taken some data from this website, which collects both confirmed and presumptive cases. I’ve only gone as far back as Sunday, which was approximately 75 years ago, if you ask me.

BetweenThe Growth Was:
March 15-1628.95% (Borders start to close)
March 16-1735.60% (BC and ON declare emergency, schools close indefinitely in BC)
March 17-1821.57%
March 18-1920.08%

So- we have made some progress! 20% growth day-over-day is much better than 35%, but it’s not flat (flat would be 0% growth). Definitely a start (go, Canada!), but we still have some work to do.

Tomorrow I’ll share my usual update plus some fun links for some non-COVID content, because I think we all need that. Anything else you’d really like to see? Thank you so much, as always, for reading!


  • Thuis Nieuwpoort
    March 20, 2020 at 5:32 am


  • Alyssa Heuninck
    March 20, 2020 at 7:34 am

    A quick reminder, since many of you have asked about whether this will mean a quicker end to social isolation- this is a simplification. Testing protocols are different between provinces and have changed throughout the course so far, so you need to take this with a big grain of salt!


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