Social Distancing For 5 Months?!

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Post # 46
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emilyofnewmoon :  I’m by no stretch of the word, liberal. I’m a nurse. My life is immediately impacted by the virus. I’m at high risk of death. I still go to work every day. I have a duty I don’t take lightly. 

The world economy is altered . This isn’t some USA problem. It’s a worldwide problem. 

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dianaj17 :  my state immediately put in a plan to help the small businesses affected by the shutdown. The state offered loans to these small businesses. So many applied that the state had to reverse course and ended the program just a few days after it started.

Post # 48
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Social distancing and lockdown are not the same things. Once we pass our peak, maybe we can go back to small gatherings and certain places can open back up. But we won’r go totally back to normal in 5 months, no. We have not even reached our peak yet. We are still just in the beginning phase. 

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oceangirl40 :  I was just thinking about this the other day. I was not alive for the polio outbreak, the vaccine had been invented by then. But a lot of the fear we’re experiencing reminds me of what I’ve read of the era and spoken to my parents about. A lot about the way the polio virus worked and affected people is similar to COVID-19. Some people recover with lifelong respiratory issues, and for some the symptoms are not as severe. Some die. With polio it was much the same. Full paralysis, partial paralysis, a slight limp, – who knows? And like corona the older victims were affected most strongly.

I wish I had the answers. I know so many small businesses are going to go under and my heart bleeds for anyone in the service industry, which has basically collapsed overnight. Large corporations can go to hell; if they hadn’t been handing out obscene salaries and golden parachutes to their CEOs for the last 30 years they could ride this out without the help of the government. Not everyone has the ability to work at home, making their living on a keyboard and a phone and it is these people and their children I worry about. I just hope that science can find a vaccine, but I suspect like the polio vaccine it’s going to take a while.

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jannigirl :  politics aside, I have endless respect for healthcare workers like you who are risking their lives for the greater good. 

You’re right that this is a worldwide problem but I’m focused on the US cause that is where I live. Not sure if you’re disagreeing with something specific I said?

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I wish people wouldn’t criticize others for “not understanding the economy” when deaths happening at the rate they are is bad for the economy, much less death at the scale it will be if we stop social distancing. 

This isn’t a “few deaths”. Look at the rate of death in NYC over a year and look at it now day-to-day. There’s a huge rise. It will be much bigger if we open up. 

Post # 52
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Social distancing, in all likelihood, will remain in place until the vaccine is delivered to the population at large.

We all need to work together and be vigilant and consistent but that, unfortunately, is not human nature. You will still have anti vaxxers and people who ignore common sense and blithely believe prayer alone will get them through. There is also a general chunk of the population that will absolve themselves of any and all type of responsibility and just look to blame others while they carry on selfishly ignoring what is the right thing to do. 

Fear brings out the worst in people. As I mentioned in another post, it is ignorance that kills. That and blind stupidity. 

I do want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all those on the front lines. All those that are everyday exposing themselves to risk to help the rest of us. You have my and my whole family’s deep gratitude.

Post # 53
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Just found out my daughter’s orthodontist died from COVID19 this week. I’m positive he won’t be the only person I know who dies. Likely family and friends will be struck down, as well, before this is through.

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jannigirl :  I definitely do not agree with you politically, but thank you for your service! Much love 💞

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jannigirl :  and omg that is so horrible 🙁

Post # 56
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We’ll be extremely lucky if it’s only 5 months. Also, it’s likely that we’ll have several waves of social distancing after the initial one ends.

Post # 57
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I wish a moderator would lock this discussion as the #1 or 2 slot at the top of the board rather than “Show me your best quarantine meme”  🙄

It’s the most thought provoking thread I’ve seen since the outbreak. Admittedly, my outlook has evolved over time (but I’m most closely aligned with

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emilyofnewmoon). I think so many others could benefit if they took the time to read each of these responses with an open mind.

Post # 58
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There are so many better measures that could be brought in to save jobs and small businesses and help them through the necessary closures. This is what happens a when you bring in a terrible policy that in the end allows so many people to fall through the cracks, I mean 1,000 dollars? How is that going to help anyone? Plenty of people don’t need it and those that do it won’t help very much.  
Most of these social distancing measures are necessary, and I say that as someone who is currently furloughed from work as my employer has had to shut so I’m not sat casting shade from ny work from home castle.

Perhaps if the US brought in measures more similar to the uk, Canada or France then you guys wouldn’t be considering throwing the whole attempt away after only like a single week of lockdown. 

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zzar45 :  personally I think the attitudes in the US have a lot to do with the problem. In countries like Canada we get that we all contribute to help each other, because you may not need it today, but eventually you will, and if we all contribute, the help is there.

But any kind of socialism gets a bad rap with a lot of Americans because “why should I pay for other people’s xyz? If they just worked harder, they could pay for it themselves like I do”. But this situation is exactly why.

I think it boils down to the fallacy of the American dream: that if you just work hard you can succeed. Except for so many people socio-economic barriers make it so that no amount of hard work will ever be enough. But no one wants to admit that the American dream doesn’t exist for everyone, so those people are cast aside as “lazy”, and why should we help the lazy? The cycle continues. 

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zzar45 :  I agree with you here. The American attitude of me me me is a huge part of the problem. And yeah the $1200 is a joke. That money hasn’t even gone out yet and for people who don’t have direct deposit set up — which tend to be the people who need the money the most — it will take even longer. It’s pathetic. And like I mentioned, many states unemployment websites are overwhelmed so they’re not even accepting new apps right now. 

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