Yesterday sharks became real for me. Before then COVID-19 was mostly something in news stories. Yesterday, I encountered sharks circling my lifeboat:
- toilet tissue became scarce in the big box stores
- bleach became scarce in the big box stores
- a grand daughter was pulled out of school as a precaution
- a relative planned a trip with quarantine built in to the itinerary. Now the trip seems likely cancelled.
- ordinary folks I know are talking about contingencies and washing hands and keeping apart religiously
- random folks all over North America are being diagnosed with COVID-19 infections
While I still have no understanding of how serious COVID-19 will become, it’s clearly going to have major negative consequences:
- a global recession/depression is inevitable
- it is likely that a billion or more infections could happen this year
- it is likely that hundreds of thousands or, more likely, millions will die, apparently with my age-group in the lead…
- healthcare systems will break
- communities will break
It’s not the “apocalypse” but close enough. There will be some silver linings also likely:
- even Trumpists will see the truth that Trump is a lying bastard
- even the rich and powerful will see the necessity of MediCare for All
- it’s almost certain that Trump will be voted out, possibly before he destroys USA
- governmental debt will become reality and it won’t be left to our descendants to pay it off…
- what doesn’t kill us will actually make us stronger
- I may shower more and use less toilet tissue...
So, hunker down. Slow down the spread long enough to make immunization by natural or medical means effective. Reflect on what’s really important. Reconsider buying another gas-guzzler even if it’s just to avoid filling stations. Live long and prosper any way you can.