The Plague is Here, Part Six

OK. I’ve been in work mode since 5am. I’m going to be writing frantically all day. The political and economic world are about to shutdown. Half of the world leaders are going to get sick really soon. Banks are shutting down.

I don’t want to cause a panic, but I just want to let my little readers know what’s up. If you don’t have a stockpile of TP, get it now. In this part of the country, it’s all gone. If you don’t have a stockpile of cash, get it now. (After you use the ATM, clean your hands and the steering wheel of the car.)

I will be here and on twitter round the clock for the next week.

Your college students will be the best help, because we will probably get sick, but they will be okay. Make them understand that they have a responsibility to the family and the community.

Get medicine, soup, and soda. Whatever you need for when you all get a fever and child.

Do not visit your parents. Even if they already bought corned beef and want to make everyone dinner for the extended family for St. Patrick’s day. Hello, mom!

I’ll be back all day.

8 thoughts on “The Plague is Here, Part Six

  1. Dealing with aging parents has been a weird experience for me. My mid 70s mom had to be talked out of going on a river cruise in Europe (she cancelled before the Europe ban was announced, but turns out she wouldn’t have been able to go anyway). And my early 70s stepmother took a planned trip down to FL. She sent me a picture of a packed beach yesterday and said – I guess no one told these old people to stay home. I was like – no offense, but YOU ARE ONE OF THOSE OLD PEOPLE. At least my mid 90s father in law’s nursing home is taking this seriously – no visitors allowed, and residents only allowed out for doctor’s visits. Not sure how they’re addressing workers who come in and out but at least they’re trying. He’s in an apartment there, so we’re going to set up home delivery of groceries for him today – hoping to limit his visits to the communal cafeteria!

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    1. slnoonanj said, “And my early 70s stepmother took a planned trip down to FL. She sent me a picture of a packed beach yesterday and said – I guess no one told these old people to stay home. I was like – no offense, but YOU ARE ONE OF THOSE OLD PEOPLE.”

      I think that’s a big part of the situation–Boomers do not fully realize that they are old people.

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    2. That’s interesting: we’re on vacation in Florida (Palm Beach) and it’s strikingly empty. The plane was only half full, the resort has very few people, and even the trendiest restaurants have empty tables.

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  2. Laura wrote, “Half of the world leaders are going to get sick really soon.”

    Maybe not literally 50%, but it’s definitely true that prominent people who travel a lot and meet a lot of people every day seem to be very, very high risk. The whole normal political process (meetings, conferences, hand shakes, travel, rallies, selfie-lines) is like a coronavirus-spreading machine. (I’m really happy to see that Sanders, Biden and Trump have started canceling campaign events.)

    On the bright side, prevalence among the famous and well-connected means that there will be publicized cases (like Tom Hanks) where ordinary people “know” the victim and will start taking it seriously, because it’s not just nameless people overseas or in the US. It’s somewhat analogous to the stage in the HIV/AIDS epidemic where famous people were suddenly dying from AIDS or sharing a diagnosis of HIV.

    “Make them understand that they have a responsibility to the family and the community.”

    And explain that part of their responsibility is to not travel right now. Stay home, play video games! There’s never been a better time to be homebound.

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    1. I like your perspective on what convinces people. It fits with some of the research (people you personally know, trusted people in your community). You’ve added people you only know as celebrities, but trust, organizations you trust (even if they don’t have medical expertise, like the Houston rodeo or the MLB). And not graphs and lectures by Fauci (which are what convince me).

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  3. This is very good:

    https://www.nepr.net/post/coronavirus-testing-limitations-growing-concern-mass-gov-baker#stream/0

    “At that hospital, [Mass. governor] Baker said from Pittsfield, officials are concerned about their ability to appropriately staff the facility given the fact that some workers have been quarantined out of concern that they might have been exposed to the coronavirus.

    “But because of the emergency declaration he ordered this week, Baker said the state’s Board of Registration in Nursing “put in place an emergency procedure that will make it possible for licensed out-of-state medical professionals and nurses to get licensed here in Massachusetts in one day.””

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