Guest in this episode: Tim McIsaac, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Every day we turn on the news to see and hear the news with statistics, cases, test rates and more reports about COVID-19, to the [point of saturation. We hear of how the coronavirus has impacted people all over the world, but we rarely if ever hear specific reports of its effect on blind and visually impaired individuals.
In this ongoing Blind Abilities series, Around the World with COVID-19 from a blindness perspective, we have spanned the globe, introducing blind guests from Around the world, from Australia and Malaysia, to the united kingdom, Trinidad and Tobago, Canada and the US. Today we hear a first-hand report from Tim McIsaac with yet a different perspective on how the coronavirus has affected him in Winnipeg, a city in Manitoba, a sparsely populated province in Canada. Here the Corona virus hasn’t taken quite the toll as it has elsewhere in Canada and the world, partly because of its size, but partly a result of the commitment of its citizens to social distancing and other precautionary measures imposed by their government.
Tim shares his experience as an employee of the provincial government, being sent home to work and his thoughts about how that arrangement is working. He speaks about getting out in public as restrictions are loosened, how transportation is working as he visits his wife in the hospital, and his thoughts on navigating with a mask. Join Tim for this diverse and interesting report on Corona and its impact on him as a blind individual in Canada.
As usual, Blind Abilities has inserted excerpts from real news stories to enhance the report and paint a tine-line for you to better understand the sequence of the COVID-19 progression.
special thanks go out to Chee Chau, for his beautiful song and titled wayfarer.
Be sure to tune in to more informative episodes to hear how your BVI counterparts around the world are coping with and adapting to cOVID-19.
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