May 01, 2020  •  1 min read

There’s really nothing new to say about COVID-19. This is a brain dump of thoughts.

One of the strangest things about COVID-19 is how politicized the response to the virus has become. Our nation was already the most divided I’d witnessed in my lifetime.

I thought, for sure, if there was anything that would bring the country together (figuratively), it would be this; a unified approach to fending off a virus that’s threatening the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans.

Boy was I wrong.

I don’t really have an ironclad opinion on what the best approach is to respond to a pandemic, nor am I going to pretend to be an expert on the matter. I personally value human life over money (e.g., the economy). But I also recognize that I’m privileged. I have a work-from-home job, and making ends meet is not something I have to worry about during this pandemic, so it’s easy for me to yell from a keyboard that we shouldn’t lift the lockdowns while I sip my Dalgona coffee.

It does make me a tad bit nervous when high profile business owners begin advocating for lifting the lockdowns under the guise of doing it for the people, citing unemployment numbers and whatnot. I can’t help but feel that there’s a conflict of interest there. Maybe we’re merely witnessing a once-in-a-blue-moon coupling of two unlikely parties (the working class and the upper class) because their interests are temporarily aligned.

There seem to be a lot of “once-in-a-blue-moon” events unfolding these days.

Written by Richard Girges.

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