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A troubling pandemic thought: Are THESE the good old days?

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By WILLIAM J. KOLE

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 What if humanity’s frantic efforts to produce a viable vaccine take longer than envisioned, allowing the virus to kill indiscriminately in the interim?

That's what I think and fear will happen.

If these do turn out to be the good old days, at least there are things for which we legitimately can be thankful: more time and meals together with loved ones; an extended reprieve from soul-sapping commutes; and — for some of us — a greater emotional investment in our children, if only because we're seeing a lot more of each other.

I totally agree with that. I have no qualms about being stuck at home with the wife and kids. The more I see of them the better.

All I would ask for is a cheap house with a decent size garden for the kids to play in. I'd build a dojo in one of the rooms where I would teach my kids martial arts every day. I'd have a separate room with a home gym from rakuten. we can live on canned goods. Plus Netflix and YouTube. If we have that, we can whether any storm.

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We had world wars, nuclear bombs, black death, spanish flu, earthquakes, typhoons, tsunami... and still we could reach these "old good days".

For sure this virus is not a joke like someone tried to tell us at the beginning, but it's not an apocalypse either. Many countries were not ready, and many people probably didn't care much (and many don't, even now). There will be consequences, and for sure our way of living will change a bit. But maybe not always for the bad (more time with family, and so on). And hopefully we will learn the lesson (but I doubt...). Look at Taiwan: they learnt the lesson the hard way (SARS), but because of that they were ready to react fast and well to the new virus. Plus they never believe what China say :)

For the rest, it's just a lot of IF.... (IF we won't get a vaccine... IF climate changes will get worse... IF some other disaster will happen...)

Some restaurants or hotels are probably going to close... and after new ones will open again. It's not the first time we see it.

Not saying it's not terrible for the people involved in that, but it's just what was already happening before the virus, just multiplied by x times. People will change job, others will find new business, others will open new restaurants and hotels when things will get better.

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I dunno - maybe it's because I'm an optimist by nature, but I find it hard to believe the more far-out of these doomsday predictions. Bad as things are with Covid-19, it could be worse. At least it's not bubonic plague, or nuclear war.

It is not, unless some politicians make it so. Right now, there is a group of elitists who want to use this chance lock everybody in, throttle the economy, introduce censhorship, rig elections, and push through all sorts of social control programs.

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Right now, there is a group of elitists who want to use this chance lock everybody in, throttle the economy, introduce censhorship, rig elections, and push through all sorts of social control programs.

Yeah, because it's not like this virus doesn't kill people, and leave others with scarred lungs and bad hearts.

I mean, who is stupid enough to think people would be worried about the health of humans right! You'd have to be a rube to think any human cares about health more than the things you just listed.

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