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Working this past weekend for a trial that got cancelled on Sunday at 5:00 p.m., my coworker and I found out that one of the positive cases worked in our building, nine floors down. He was also in our offices for mediation....
I'm currently in the office now, until they shut us down, as I cannot do my job remotely. The situation all around sucks.
Schools around us have closed until at least april, but the local county has not yet. They're in the middle of spring break, so it doesn't have immediate impact, but frustrating nevertheless. Local state government, rec center and more have closed down.
work is awesome. we have buses to the mine-site, which I usually ride. I've decided to drive for the time being. the mine supplied masks for people on the buses, those have disappeared in a day. Management is joking, calling it a socialist over reaction, a flu. all the common tropes. we've got corporate folk flying in (through freaking Denver) tomorrow from Missouri. Remote work (which 99% of my job would work fine with) was denied.
at least I have an office and can shut the door I guess.
I'm not saying this to get into a flame war over politics because I think that's not a useful conversation in a situation as unique as this. But up until last night there were two very different news feeds covering the story, and that may have just changed. Don't know, as the current administration is mercurial as hell.
Regardless, either the President realized the train was leaving the station without him or he saw some piece of news we haven't that paints a dire picture. Here's hoping for the former. There's half a dozen Governors that are kicking ass at managing this crisis.
The fallout in the hospitality/travel sector will be unprecedented . Airlines will likely get relief and /or Chapter 11, but cruise lines are fucked - and since they are the definition of non essential they'll be far down the priority list . Add in their practice of flagging ships in third world countries and past PR disasters around numerous novovirus breakouts on now this, and that business will be drastically different going forward. Even if the government intervenes,, the restaurant sector will contract after this as well - they exist on thin margins and a month or two of shutdowns will make them go dark forever.
Everyone will be looking for government bailouts but there will be fallout in the form of permanently shuttered businesses unfortunately. As it relates to this site, I saw a note from a game store in the Bay Area that is shutting down for the foreseeable future . They will certainly not be the last; esp those with large event spaces who'd be wise to voluntarily shutter that part of the business if not the whole thing.
Gary Sax wrote: ...confirmed that U.S. institutions are broken beyond repair and the country is long-term doomed is just as bad.
My dad is a retired Public Health Service officer. He is so deeply saddened that the systematic dismantling of the PHS over the past several decades has resulted in it now being rather ineffective. He sometimes says that his job was to "provide for the common defense" because our greatest enemy was disease, not foreign military powers. He contends that if this was 30 or 40 years ago, the PHS would be providing leadership and a coordinated response with military efficiency.
This is why the CDC's pandemic response team- you know, the people whose mission was to deal with situations just like this -was cut out of the CDC's budget by Trump's administration two years ago.
Jackwraith wrote: "If it's not making a profit right this minute, then it's not worth it!"
Likewise, sometime in the 90's we started referring to excess capacity ( a good thing ) as waste ( a bad thing ) - which is a totally understandable outcome if hospitals are to be run as profit centers, not a public good.
Gary Sax wrote: I'll refrain in general too because I don't feel like fighting about politics here either, this shit is just too depressing. You can follow me elsewhere for that. Sufficed to say coronavirus is extremely bad, but being so deeply confirmed that U.S. institutions are broken beyond repair and the country is long-term doomed is just as bad.
I wouldn't say "beyond repair" ... but we certainly need a change in leadership to make those repairs. This crisis has laid bare the conservative philosophy of a "government small enough to drown in bathtub." The philosophy of small government might sound appealing ... until you NEED the freaking government! Some things (like, say a global pandemic) are simply too large for any other entity to manage. All of the fault lines in American society are going to be stressed to the breaking point by this crisis, and I have zero faith in this particular administration to deal with it effectively. Electing a corrupt steak salesman to be our president was a bad idea.
Here in Chicago, I'm trying to decide if I'm going to vote in the primary today. My sense of civic duty is warring with my social responsibility to stay home. Our governor has been doing an incredible job ... but he REALLY should have postponed the primary. You're essentially telling old people that they can't vote, and that is not a "free and fair election" anymore.