So while we can think about the calamity of this virus, let's take some time to reflect on all the positives it is bringing.
1) All this extra attention to proper hygiene will positively impact the flu season, which I may add, is quite bad. Edit: it is having major impacts on healthcare. Other illnesses and traumas are significantly down. Calm before the storm though... 😢
2) It is allowing us to test our capabilities for containing infectious threats to our country; hopefully we will learn from our mistakes and improve for when a much worse virus or bacteria comes around. It is very early on in the spread so expect more to be learned and more measures to be enacted. Edit: still learning. Many people are coming together, even though some still act like this is a joke. The president is a fool. Governors are truly saving this country right now.
3) Less people are traveling by all methods of transportation. Less traffic. This means less greenhouse gasses. Fuck meatless Monday, this is huge. Skiers should be happy about this, even if the difference is miniscule.
4) The stock market. Yes it is fucked. They are already calling it a bear market, even though it will probably reverse once this all passes. Trump shutting down EU travel and then US cities shutting down certain areas of commerce will not make the market any better. Tomorrow it is gonna fucking tank. But consider this a blessing in disguise. This is possibly one of the most predictable times to buy when low. It will likely sink further and further as the virus spreads and quarantines and restrictions hit Italy level drastic. If you're smart enough, wait until the bottom or if you're an average Joe like me, just keep averaging down. Now is the time to put into your retirement accounts, not stop. Edit: easy money baby.
Of course the cons of the situation will out weigh the pros, it's still worth celebrating the positives.
Feel free to add anything else you think of.
Edit: It's very easy to focus on the negatives of this pandemic. Most of us didn't think it would get this bad, and I'll admit I'm one of them. We failed as a world to contain it. It's gonna get way way way worse in the US so buckle up. However considering all the shit that's about to happen, try to focus on the positives. Enjoy your family time. Enjoy your time off work even if you're not getting paid; trust me, working right now is not fun one bit- seriously stressful. Stimulus bill is gonna pass soon. It's spring and weather is getting better. Be happy you're alive. That is all. Hiking season is around the corner and next ski season is gonna be something extra special for all affected by this.
**This thread was edited on Mar 26th 2020 at 5:28:43am