Things have changed so much in the last month. The coronavirus has been making its way through the world and shows no signs of slowing. People are divided about how to handle this situation. Quarantine recommendations are everywhere and some cities have issues “shelter in place” guidelines. The economic impact of something like this is going to be tremendous. The entire is situation is unnerving, to say the least.
There’s no question that the virus is spreading… I put this collage together on the 14th but hadn’t gotten around to posting anything until today. As of March 21st, 2020, the USA has over 22,000 diagnosed cases.
I have personally witnessed the empty shelves at Smith’s. Panic is absolutely understandable and yet so unhelpful in a situation like this (Utah seems particularly prone to panicky behavior). If we trust the powers that be, they say that if we just buy what is needed that supply chains are unbroken and there will be enough.
As things were unfolding, I decided that I’d maintain my routine as much as possible (while following rule and trying to be safe). I have a strong philosophy that in times of economic crisis people should keep buying, spending, producing… Perhaps I’m part of the problem (people just aren’t hunkering down as much as they should). I attended a movie the day before theaters closed. I picked up a shelf at IKEA the day before they shuttered. I intend to follow the Utah Heath Departments public directive (even though the Governor said it wouldn’t be enforced). I recognize that flattening the curve is an important objective. Still… a complete economic meltdown doesn’t seem like a good path forward.
And then a few days ago we had an earthquake in Salt Lake county. It actually woke me up here in Utah County. If people weren’t committed to their hoarding before, they certainly are now.
Atop the Salt Lake LDS Temple sits Moroni, horn raised. The earthquake knocked the horn from his hand. The superstitious part of my squirms a bit when I look at this picture. Perhaps the end of days looms nearer than we think.
There is a silver lining in all of this. Current technology allows us to remain in contact with our family and friends even while we are sequestered in our homes. We have the ability to continue with school and many of us are able to work from home. Think of how much different (worse) this would be even twenty years ago. If we help each other and keep calm we will overcome this.