Ever see John Mosby of Mountain Guerrilla casually turn and pop off 10 or 15 rounds and put them all into not just the black, but the X-ring? Me either. (Because I've never taken one of his courses.) Wanna see him turn and put 10 or 15 bullet-points in the X-ring of the Kung Flu discussion? Flip over to his latest blogpost. It's on Patreon. And you should throw him a bone and subscribe, if you can. It's that good. He didn't just nail this one, he hammers it home again and again and again, like an artillery regimental time-on-target. I'm not saying this because I agree with him, or he agrees with me, or any such nonsense. I'm telling you because he literally walks around 27 compass points of this discussion, like Tiger Woods analyzing a putt, and then he sinks a 30-footer with one sharp tap - nothing but plunk. Shut your mouth, open your eyes and ears, engage your brain, and go learn. Go.
Atlanta is shutting down all its schools, because one teacher, who's been in a number of local schools, has tested positive for Kung Flu. Meaning he exposed dozens to hundreds of kids (and by extension, their families...and their friends, and their kids, and so on) to Kung Flu too. For one infected teacher. That's common sense breaking out.
Word is UC Berzerkely is doing the same thing, and UCIrvine may follow, which will domino the entire UC/CSU systems into closing, which will bring unbearable pressure on the public K-12 schools, which will drag along the parochial and private schools too, so I guesstimate in a matter of a week or three, all schools in Califrutopia will be closed.
Which will mean a lot of parents, including all single ones, will need to stay home, which will snowball into any non-essential business closing soon.
Gasoline, food, drugstores, probably stay open.
Police, fire, EMS, hospitals, garbage collection; same-same.
Everybody else: you're pretty much optional.
Banks will go to drive-up tellers only, or ATM and online banking, and lock their doors to walk-ins, or limit it to one person at a time, or something similar, consistent with requirements of federal banking laws.
And all this is without anyone issuing a single official order.
So, how are your stocks of canned goods and staple foods looking?
I suggested if there are mandatory quarantines, TPTB might look into suspending all rent/lease/mortgage payments for the duration, to be caught up at a later date, while people are out of work because of said quarantine. (I also said that was too sensible, so that our political would-be overlords would probably fall over themselves not to be that smart right off.) Well, look what Italy has done right after their PM shut the entire country down. And BTW, I'd like to thank Prime Minister Conte for reading this blog.
In light of these developments, I spoke with a few co-workers about them, to gauge their reactions.
This is the average look I received in response:
Hand to God on this.
"I want to travel."
"It's just like the flu."
"I hear flights are cheap now."
"I heard it's just like the flu."
"I doubt we'll ever see a quarantine like in Italy."
"Isn't it just like the flu?"
No, really. Direct quotes, verbatim, every one.
They know about coronavirus. Like, that it exists. And we had two non-cases, that turned into a clown show when they hit the front door. But the idea that it's probably already walking in the door, and that patients (or even staff member) could already be asymptomatic carriers in the hospital or ER was roughly akin to suggesting that they should fly home on a rainbow-colored unicorn powered by magical pixie dust.
I swear, some people's kids...