Well, what a month.
If you would have told me a month ago, I would be temporarily laid off due to COVID-19, I would have told you that you were insane. Even though I consider myself a person who is pretty tuned in to these things, I never would have guessed that our country would literally be shut down due to this thing.
Anybody who knows me knows that I am a history buff – so while this thing was starting to pop up in China I began a deep dive into the other massive past pandemic – the flu of 1918. I never for a second though that we would be deep into something that rivaled that horrible period of time, but here we are.
We have seen plenty of bad stuff. People fighting over toilet paper – yes, toilet paper – and for the first time in my life low food supply in stores. I never thought I’d see anything like this in my lifetime and in this country. The food supply issue is getting better as stores are stocking up after the initial surge, and that should keep on easing up even as this thing progresses.
I can’t believe we have people out there not taking this seriously. This part is nuts to me, and it’s not even 18 year old kids who think they are invincible. A lot of senior citizens are blowing it off as well. I just don’t understand this part.
My sons are 15 and 16, and since they are young and healthy, I am not too worried about them, plus we are only leaving the house when we need to stock up on supplies. They aren’t worried even if they got the virus, but only because they are so young and healthy. My wife and I are obviously concerned for ourselves, but not overly. We are more anxious just to see how this plays out.
There are some positives here though. I think we will see a revolution with remote work and flexible scheduling. My job can be done completely from home – I never really have to be in an office due to being a developer. It’s 2020, we have video calling to get that face to face time with coworkers. I think this will also be the straw that breaks the camel’s back when it comes to healthcare in the USA. We, as one of the most developed countries in the world, were woefully unprepared for this pandemic.
It will be interesting when I am an old man, and my children have children of their own. We will regale them with tales of how we got through the COVID-19 pandemic. Even my grandparents were all born in the 1920’s and 1930’s, so none of them lived through the 1918 pandemic – so we will all have stories of this historic point in time.