Thoughts & Essays

Quarantine Notes: 4/16/20

Pictured: My reaction to the Vince McMahon news.

I have managed to rectify the “only has conditioner in the house” problem, the “can’t check my bank account” problem, and the “don’t have enough toilet paper” problem, so things are starting out on a high note today.

Quarantine notes below. Updates through the day.

😦 Apparently one of Trump’s advisors on when to re-open the economy is Vince McMahon. Yes, that Vince McMahon. The wrestling guy. No, for real. No. For real.

😠 Dr. Oz says it might be okay to re-open the schools because only 2%-3% of people will die.

💸 Almost 22 million people have filed for unemployment in the past month, which is an insane amount of people.

📢 Don’t let the idgit Trumpies screaming to re-open the economy fool you. They are in the extreme minority of people in the US. “In a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll out yesterday, 89 percent of Democrats and 72 percent of Republicans said the U.S. ‘should continue to social distance for as long as is needed to curb the spread of coronavirus, even if it means continued damage to the economy.'” More stats at the bottom of the article here.

✍️ Chuck Wendig has done some excellent writing about living in the pandemic. Here’s his post from today.

💰 It’s not just people and small businesses suffering with the economy shut down. Cities and states are going to be in trouble, too.

🇺🇸 Another pile of states have just formed a super region to deal with COVID-19. This one includes Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, and Kentucky.

💊 An early sneak peek at the data from drugmaker Gilead suggests that COVID-19 patients are responding well to treatment with remdesivir, an antiviral medicine.

🏡 Just stay home and be bored. Yes, it sucks. Yes, it’s boring. Yes, everyone hates it. Just stay home and be bored, so you don’t accidentally kill anyone, okay? I know it’s hard. I’ve been talking myself into and out of sneaking my dog over to the dog park all day. She’s bored. I’m bored. My boyfriend’s bored. We hate our apartment now. Just STAY HOME and BE BORED. That’s all you have to do, man, and you can save lives.

☀️ And to wrap things up on a positive note, Buzzfeed has this article: “33 Moments Where Friends, Family, And Total Strangers Had Each Other’s Backs In This Pandemic.