Friday, May 29, 2020

WHAT'S NEXT?

    Maybe I'm getting ahead of myself. Covid 19 isn't over yet and may never be over.

    But I can't help thinking about what people are going to say once this is over.

    They are still writing about the flu from 1919. Research is still being done on that epidemic. 

   After this catastrophe , if there is an after, what will people be saying?

   Will they ever come up with an answer as to where and why the virus started?Right now we are flooded with conspiracy theories that usually come with a fair amount of racism. Science will have its work cut out for many years and they may not come up with a precise answer. I hope they learn many other things as they're trying to chase down an answer.

   Commentators and writers will find work for themselves for a long, long time dealing with how the virus was handled.

    Was quarantine effective? Did quarantine start too late? Should there have been a much tighter shut down? Were masks effective? Was the two meter space effective? Did santitizers do any good? What simple routine did we miss that would have been very helpful? We will be reading books about this issue for a long time.

    How have our governments handled this as far as the economy is concerned? Was it the right thing to close down business?  Did the government propping up the economy help us to come out of the situation? Did economists get it right in forecasting the future? I'm sure comparisons will be made between the different approaches to support the economy. 

    Politics? Politicians? What will be said of their actions. 

   Blame? Who will be blamed for so many things.?

   So even though we're not there yet , I'm sure that some books are well under way and we will probably have some books to read before the end of the summer. Somebody will want to be the first with a book to come out. 

   Some of this will no doubt bring much benefit to the situation and other things will only muddy the waters. 

35 comments:

  1. So true. Right now we have a president who is blaming everybody else except himself. And now our country is on fire with anger because of the recent killings of black people by the police. I lived in Chicago for 35 years and had several black friends. I understand their frustration and anger. But now Trump is exploiting the situation for his own benefit. I suspect a lot has to do with his deflecting the criticism of his COVID-19 handling.

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    1. There are some basic problems that the one powerful side is not willing to share. Every once in a while the fire is lit and things boil over.

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  2. It is far from over yet. The death toll will keep climbing.

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    1. Oh it's going to roll a ong for some time yet. I do think some things have been learned.

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  3. Hello,

    We still have much to learn about Covid-19. I do think our government was late to respond and act, we needed to quarantine much earlier. Take care! I am in no hurry to be around crowds of people. Have a happy weekend!

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    1. Yes, we have to look after ourselves.

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  4. Lots of good questions.
    I don't think in the end that Bill Gates will be blamed. lol

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    1. However many different people will be blamed and many of them as far fetched as Bill Gates.

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  5. Those are some good questions, it will be interesting if we ever get answers and if we do, will we believe them.
    Have a wonderful weekend, Red.

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    1. Our leaders have given us very good reason to not trust them. We seem to have stopped trusting science.

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  6. I'm just glad we are past the worst of it. I think all our actions made a huge difference, but I also think some places are opening up too soon. There will be a recurrence of the virus. We are still having our hair salons and such closed, and I am getting really shaggy! :-)

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    1. Well, I'll bet I'm a whole lot shaggier than you are!

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  7. All good questions. Maybe someday we'll have answers. I just hope we can resume some sense of normal life and not get sick. I'm going to keep on wearing a mask until it really feels safe and there's an actual vaccine.

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    1. I have not worn a mask. Only about 25% of people here wear masks. It's best just to stay to yourself.

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  8. I have to second what Kay said. Evidence so far shows that the Trump administration bungled the virus response, and still is. With a lack of federal leadership, states are still having to compete against each other for supplies and testing. Without testing and tracing, we won't get real answers to many of your questions, and the conspiracy theories will continue to run rampant. And then, as Bill said, when we get answers, will we believe them?
    Now we are boiling over with demonstrations and even rioting due to racism in many of our police forces. It could be a long, hot, deadly summer, with the virus getting a new foothold.

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    1. I hope you're not right about a long hot summer but I seem to remember a long hot summer ...maybe in the 6o's.

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  9. Hindsight is 20/20, as they say. After events unfold and we can put it all in proper context we may have a deeper understanding of how all this happened, and what steps worked and what didn't. It will indeed be interesting to see in retrospect.

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    1. I think you're right that we will see some things that we can learn from.

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  10. I am weary of the second wave since our first wave wasn’t too bad. I can’t see past the current situation to even think about the aftermath.

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    1. PEI has done very well to contain the virus.

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  11. Excellent questions. It's not over although I wish it was. I fear what could happen this fall or winter. There will be much written about it. I told my granddaughter she should keep a journal for her future children because they will read about it in their history books.

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    1. I wonder how this will compare to other world catastrophes?

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  12. There will be tons written about this, I'm sure. They are learning a lot, but still there are questions.

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    1. I would bet a nickel that a book is very soon ready to come out.

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  13. Good array of questions here. I think you're right, there will be many books written about this pandemic. There have already been enough words written in newspapers and online to sink a ship. But there will be more.

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    1. Yes, news has been mostly about the virus.

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  14. Did you mention the made for television series?

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  15. i can answer all of your questions...but it makes no difference. We are going to be in a global recession and that concerns me even more as there are too many people in poverty as it is.

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  16. So many questions and so little answers or rather what are the correct answers? There is so much information, mis-information and just plain information overload circulating in the media these days. Yes, there is a virus and yes, it kills and yes, people need to take precautions. How long remains a question?

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  17. My wife and I are both keeping journals ... just so we remember.

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  18. Hopefully we will learn from this mess and use it in future decisions and planning. It ought to be a real wake up call to world leaders and I truly hope it is. Until our country’s leadership (and not just the President) changes, I don’t see much hope.

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  19. There are a lot of dimensions to this that can be written about.

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  20. There's still so much that is unknown. It'll be a long time before solid information is in place. I imagine there'll be a movie made!

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  21. Many millions of words have already been written or said about this pandemic. But you are right - there will be many more to come. We are living through history. Perhaps the full truth will never be told.

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