I know many people are desperate for the familiarity of societal life in 2019 to return.
Who doesn’t want to go to a concert, sports event, café, or the beach? Don’t you miss shaking hand or hugging?
Do you really think that in a month or two we’ll all just live life the way we did in 2019? (2019 feels like a century ago, doesn’t it?)
Are you in a hurry to go to the local hospital? I’m not. I’d set my own broken leg before I go to the hospital.
Many people, like anti-shutdown protesters, seem to think that COVID-19 is a political ploy, a hoax.
The effects of COVID-19 on a macro and micro economic level must not be trivialized.
I’m so done with self-imposed apartment exile. But I’m in no hurry to run outside.
I am in no hurry to run out and pretend to be a 2019 consumer unencumbered by social distancing tenets.
Many anti-shutdown protesters and some state governors are in such a hurry.
Numerous states, including Georgia and South Carolina, will begin reopening their state economies this week.
The president’s task force guidelines on COVID-19 suggests that states experience 14-day declines in infections before considering reopening.
No state can claim such a feat yet.
People and governments are in a hurry to get past COVID-19.
I am in a hurry only to save money and protect my health. So, I won’t be going out until Dr. Fauci or some science authority says it’s OK.
Time to Save Money, Not Nostalgia
As I write this, over 42,000 Americans have died from COVID-19.
Over 80% of those deaths occurred in the past 7 days.
About 22 million Americans have lost their jobs in the past 4 weeks.
People are lining up in their cars for miles to access food banks.
The economic havoc caused by COVID-19 won’t be solved anytime soon.
No, we can’t stay inside forever.
Still, rushing out and pretending this crisis is imaginary will cause infection spikes and waste the gains created by previous lockdowns.
I am not risking my health.
I don’t have enough money in my bank account, and I don’t have enough money saved.
I’m fortunate enough to telecommute. If I go out and get sick, no one is going to pay my bills or my medical bills.
So, I’ll continue working and saving money.
The only thing scarier than COVID-19 are the unemployment and poverty crises it’s creating.
There can be no economy if everyone is sick, contagious, or dying.
I’m protecting my health and back account until COVID-19 is no longer a threat. Science determines that, not politics.
That is the cruel new world economic reality of 2020.
The normalcy of 2019 is not coming back, no matter how much we miss it.