Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Covid Panic Day

I read that people in the travel industry refer to March 11, 2020 as panic day. I've lived through a few disease outbreaks before and none of them really affect me at all: bird flu, swine flu, ebola, zika virus, west nile... the list goes on. Today was the day when it hit many people that this time with Covid-19 was different.

Covid testing was very restricted.

As it was already spring break for a lot of schools, it was easier for them to just say "don't come back." I've said numerous times how happy and thankful I am that this didn't happen during my school years. Missing a year with my friends in college would be pretty devastating compared to normal boring adulthood.

The NBA suspending its season was one big signal that this was real. The amount of money that they were losing from this decision was an unmistakable signal of seriousness.

Tom Hanks getting it was another signal I think, that even rich and famous people were not immune. If Tom couldn't avoid catching cooties how would normal people? Him dying from this would have been pretty devastating to the populace.

This turd of course was just worried about the effect on the stock market.

I stumbled upon a quote that felt fitting:

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”

― Issac Asimov

I was playing poker with Hank and Seago sharing the beers I imported from Milwaukee while the end of the world unfolded.

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