Tags: Health and Well-Being
Hughie is my neighbour. He and I are old enough to remember stories of what life was like during the Spanish Flu and other diseases.
We both think that the causeway onto Cape Breton Island should be closed, with only essential traffic allowed to cross. This Covid 19 pandemic needs to be taken as seriously as possible. People nearby WILL die. A certain percentage of people who get this flu and survive will have some damage to their lungs and possibly other organs. People who aren't taking precautions could very well be the vector responsible for spreading Covid 19 to Cape Breton Island and be responsible for ending the lives of other people on this island. Is that something you want to live with for the rest of your days?
Social Distancing works. For the love of God and all that is holy, STAY HOME. You can get drive-by groceries from Superstore. Someone will bring groceries out to your car so you don't need to be exposed or expose others if you are infected and don't know it yet.
My grandparents were born in the early 1890's. When the Spanish flu hit, they already had their first two babies. My mom spoke of a child in her neighborhood with Whooping Cough. I had a friend in school who had a lame leg from Polio. We take health warnings very seriously.
Here is a true story from Hughie.
During the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918-20,the disease took a toll on the village in Marble Mountain.
There was a hotel on the western side of “the dump” called the BlueBerry Hotel. This location is where the tailings from the quarry were deposited and today it is is referred by many as “the look-off”.
This hotel was converted into a hospital for the pandemic.
Locals from the time documented , a coffin a day was coming out of the Blue Berry Hotel in Marble Mountain.
My grandmother, Mary Calder, was pregnant with my mother in 1918. The family was living in the old homestead here in Malagawatch , just 4 kilometres away from the Blue Berry Hotel.
My mother was born on July 8th, 1919 in the Calder homestead. During that time, they did not mingle in Marble Mountain because of the pandemic..they had the main staples of survival here on the farm and from the lake.
The fact I’m here today to relate this story is testament that “social distancing” worked in days of yore..
Thank you, Hughie, for permission to share this story.
Note: The picture is of Hughie's mother.
I am on 14 day self-isolation after my drive to Florida and back. I do not want to be the vector who introduces the Covid 19 corona virus to my neighbors. - Maggie