These days, walking around downtown Ottawa, and likely most other places in Canada, is an experience that’s both encouraging and melancholy.
And while restrictions on domestic travel haven’t been formally imposed, the shutdown of galleries, museums, ski resorts and pretty much anything else you’d likely visit while on vacation has effectively told everyone to stay put.
And as industrial employees, airline workers and even much of the staff at The Hockey News were sent home on temporary layoffs, oil prices continued to plummet.
At The Times, more than 360 journalists have been publishing a torrent of stories about the pandemic, roughly 100 a day. You can reach them all through here. And, as I mentioned last week, our coronavirus coverage is open to everyone without a subscription.
Within all of that material, there have been several articles offering practical advice. Here are a few that I have found useful:
— Tech columnist Brian X. Chen who, like me, is a longtime work-at-home type, offers advice for newcomers when it comes to sorting out technical issues. His key point: “Less is better, especially fewer gadgets and fewer work apps. That principle can guide us to a simpler, less frustrating setup that enables us to work well with our colleagues.”
— In Cooking, Margaux Laskey offers some meal suggestions for people in self-quarantine.
— And for those of you who can get outside for exercise, Talya Minsberg makes a compelling case to go running.
As the number of confirmed cases and deaths continue to build in Canada, many people have drawn parallels with the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. Its toll was devastating. It killed an estimated 55,000 people in Canada by the time it ran out of steam in 1920, when the country had a population of just 8.7 million. No one really knows how many people died worldwide, but estimates range between 50 and 100 million.