I hope this update finds you, your families, friends and fellow Aikidoists are avoiding the virus and staying healthy.
First, I want to express thanks to the medical professionals and essential services who are continuing to work through this emergency.
As we practice and acclimatize to self-isolation and social distancing, I’m grateful for the ability to connect with family, friends and community via social media. Remember, there are many ways to continue to stay connected with our network.
We need to continuously heed the Government and Public Health Agency guidelines and recommendations on the steps we can take to help avoid and prevent the spread of the virus.
Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
If soap and water aren’t available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Touch your face
Go to the doctor if you are not sick
Stockpile masks or gloves
Many of you are responding beyond the guidelines and recommendations. Thank you for being leaders and positive role models.
We recognize there are concerns of folks who have challenges covering costs such as rent as well as ensuring students return when classes resume. We’ve started brainstorming what dojos can do to meet those challenges. It’s also important to stay connected with students during the suspension of practice. If you have thoughts you can add, please send me a note.
If you are a member of a dojo you know will experience financial challenges, please consider continuing to pay your fees while you’re not practicing. If this emergency continues, it will dramatically affect many dojos and other businesses.
Lastly, I want to highlight this excerpt from an article I was sent. It stresses the importance of not understating this emergency and not straining our health system or taking away their resources:
“We have lessons to learn from the experience of Italy. Hospitals in the wealthy, industrialized area around Milan cannot offer life support to patients over 65 as they don’t have enough ventilators. Without radical changes to our community behaviour, we may be in the same situation. COVID-19 is an impending North American healthcare CRISIS, which has the very real potential to strain our healthcare systems well beyond capacity.
Some people continue to downplay the risk of the current situation. Regardless of what you are reading, or politicians are saying, I simply want you to know that the COVID-19 situation is dire and may soon be completely out of control. Healthcare resources are finite, and thus we will not be able to provide care for all who become ill. In addition to COVID-19-related deaths, there will be collateral damage among patients who need care for other, treatable ailments, and will be unable to receive it.“