Agree. I was just reading the local news with breakfast this morning. The first confirmed case in my part of Québec, the Eastern Townships, was Feb. 29th, and it was also the first community spread among a bunch of fifty-something friends in a pick-up hockey game. The Eastern Townships was also the first hotspot in Québec, but now has a low rate with no deaths in the past 5 days. The article stated though that a study of specimens from known flu cases showed none of them were due to COVID-19, so they claim no evidence of presence before Feb. 29. But of course they didn’t examine those who did not seek medical attention, such as myself.
My nasty “cold” started on Feb. 7th and lasted about a week, at the end of my 4th week of retreat at the abbey., which is also in the Townships. It also sees a lot of tourist traffic, especially at Sunday Mass. My two jobs were as assistant librarian, and more notably, afternoon porter on Saturdays where I had contact with visitors.
At Mass mid way through my retreat, an old man coughing and with runny nose grabbed my hand at the sign of the peace before I could clasp them together to prevent it. He was also a nutter, giving me a business card after Mass that identified him as the “Governor of Canada”, and other nonsense, but I digress. He was most likely the source of my “cold”, which was very atypical, with fever, cough, muscle aches, sweats and chills, sore throat, no runny nose. I would wake up in the night with my PJs soaking wet from sweating.