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Slow down and maintain some distance

It’s April 1, but this is going to be a serious column (for the most part). Some people still don’t get it. A lot of local stores now have tape on the floor indicating the safe distance behind the person ahead of you in the lineup.

I was in one such store last week, and the man behind me was keeping his distance. As soon as the cashier finished running off my receipt and handing it to me, he was right there, starting to unload his basket of goods.

There sure wasn’t six feet between us at that point.

Nobody should be in so much of a hurry to get through a checkout counter that they put their life and the lives of others at risk.

No, I haven’t shown any signs of COVID-19 and I don’t want to, but when people do things like that, it increases the chance (very slightly) that I may be infected.

Slow down, let the person in front of you finish at the checkout counter, then take your turn. It’s that simple.

I was also happy to see the daily reports from Victoria on the COVID-19 situation in B.C. are including a new number: the number of people who have recovered after being in isolation.

It serves as a reminder that for the vast majority of people, being infected with COVID-19 is not a death sentence, like it was with the bubonic plague. You stay by yourself to avoid infecting others, follow any special orders given to you by medical personnel, and in a couple of weeks, you’ve recovered.

Seeing those numbers presented to us on a daily basis provides us with good news, as well as a reminder that we will get through this.

To leave my readers (both of you) on a positive note, today marks the 63rd anniversary of one of the great April Fools’ Day pranks of all time: the spaghetti tree hoax.

The British Broadcasting Corporation showed a three-minute clip on one of their current-affairs programs about the spaghetti trees of Switzerland, including a family harvesting the ‘ripe’ spaghetti from the trees.

Many people in Britain at the time were not too familiar with spaghetti and how it was made, so the hoax apparently went over quite well. Some people even contacted the BBC about how to grow their own spaghetti trees.

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