Covid-19 and Me (YEG)

UPDATE: Please see the most recent messaging online ” November Project workouts in all cities are canceled. Join our weekly workouts online that you can do from home that will be posted each Tuesday. Use #NP_Continues to keep us connected. Lastly, please SHARE out this post today. Thanks for your support. “

Since I personally wasn’t there at this morning’s workout, I’ll provide a summary purely based on the photo: I can only assume that you went up and down at least one step today – nice work, Nadim obviously has a new job as a vampire (please avoid eating garlic around him), Dayle made sure the camera caught her good side, THE SNOW IS MELTING which explains the shorts and t-shirts I see, Balkar is obviously ready for any Safety Level these workouts could throw at him, and just look at all of those smiling faces! Maybe the last one isn’t really a surprise but its always great to see people having fun after crushing some stairs.

Why weren’t you at the workout?

Great question, first thing’s first I am perfectly fine. As some of you know I recently went on vacation to Japan which then should have you drawing the connection to the title of this blog. I am going to take a moment to quickly address a personal choice I have made and then talk about Covid-19 / our community’s relationship with it.

Upon my return I have chosen to self-isolate myself for the full potential incubation period of the Covid-19 virus, 14 days. Japan was and is currently not a high risk country for the virus and all of the advice I have been given via HealthLink, my GP, and online resources have suggested for me to go about my normal routine but to monitor my health. I am personally choosing to take extra precautions by self-isolating myself from my athletic communities for the next two weeks. That’s it – I am currently not showing symptoms, I am currently healthy – I do not want to put anyone in the community at risk.

I want to be very clear: the situation with Covid-19 is very fluid, there is no need to panic, the sky is not falling, but we need to be vigilant with the realities of our situation. As of right now NP Canada will continue to host workouts and will continue to update you with any developments as appropriate to our local community. There are two major things to keep in mind:

  • if you are showing signs of any symptoms please take the time to rest and recover and not come to the workout; and
  • if you are a part of or actively deal with any ‘At Risk Groups’ extra precautions/avoiding large groups should be considered.

Please keep in mind that this is not intended to scare anyone, as of writing this there are not that many cases here in Edmonton, but I want to be transparent. All of those Community Agreements that we have been talking about over the past few weeks are still here. NP will always be a safe place to #JustShowUp have fun and get a good workout in. Like I said Jen, Nadim, and I will continue to be prudent in updating you with any developments as we continue host the best 6am community in the city. The best part about NP is that it will always be here. We will support you if you choose to show up and will support you if you choose not to – do what is best for you and for your community.

I am not going to go into what the virus is or what precautions are best for you. I am not a health care professional and by the time you are reading this things may have changed. Since I have referenced the terms “symptoms,” and “at risk groups” I am going to copy and paste those definitions below along with prevention methods from Alberta Health Services and the CDC (including their respective links). I recommend following those links to gain updated and more information.

Symptoms: for COVID-19 are similar to those for influenza or other respiratory illnesses. They can range from mild to severe and include:

        • Fever
        • Cough
        • Difficulty breathing

At Risk Groups: Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:

        • Older adults
        • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
          • Heart disease
          • Diabetes
          • Lung disease

Prevention: To help protect you and your family against all respiratory illnesses, including flu and COVID-19, you should:


I really want to stress that this blog is intended to be informative. Please share it with others so that as many people as possible see it. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out. I’ll be doing some pushups and planks at home so I’ll be ready to join you in the coming weeks.

Keep being awesome,



Friday – Walterdale hill

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