Don't check in too often, and I never get involved in politics, but I've made a point of watching the news (both 'sides' of it) every evening while I try to exercise (so I don't leave this quarantine weighing 20 lbs more than when it started
My thoughts (ramblings) on this entire situation:
- It (unfortunately) doesn't surprise me that Italy was hit as hard as it did. Their entire culture is based around smoking, drinking, and associating in small cafes, older ones with younger ones. That and the innate desire to buck the system, not listen to authorities, etc. Horrible, as it's one of my absolute favorite countries, and a place I had (and still might) consider retiring someday.
- It is absolutely shocking how partisan this entire issue was from the beginning. Left bashing the right, right bashing the left. Both have good points at times, but this is the one time I (and i would think America as a whole) would want to see the politics put aside. Who cares about the upcoming election. Maybe that's just me.
- I think this is going to change, long-term if not permanently, every aspect of society, how we do business, how we interface and interact with others.
- I also don't think it's possible (or feasible) to shut down a country for months. I've heard some say "end of summer" - that just isn't possible. After two weeks we saw what happened to the economy. I have two aging parents I worry about too, so this isn't coming from a place of uncaring, but life doesn't work like that. There's a point where the cost of the cure is more than the cost of the disease itself. Poverty also kills. I know we haven't seen statistics (and may never), but I would bet that during this quarantine, and rising exponentially during it, is suicides, self-harm, abuse, and other psychological impacts. Cutting off someone from association with others for weeks and months at a time is not good. And not everyone has access to high-speed internet, zoom, etc.
- $2 trillion comes from somewhere. I don't think too many people have put much thought into just where it comes from. It's not a savings account the government has that they just made a withdrawl from. The effects of this stimulus program alone are going to have far-reaching ramifications. Not necessarily a bad thing, and i'm not disagreeing with the approach, but yeah.
Cliffnotes: I'm following direction, but certainly ready for this to be over
Hope everyone is staying safe and well