I would say that it depends on who wins.
One will be hailed by the media as the savior of the US, who miraculously cured the disease on his first day in office.
The other? You know how it goes.
The problem isn't that governments are doing the tracking, it's that private interests do.
Remember when the WHO said that asymptomatic transmission was very real, and then a couple of days ago they said that it was actually very rare?
Well it should come as a surprise to no one by now, but they walked back on that statement again.
This has been the repeating pattern through this...
Would have been interesting if they told us whether he, and the people he was in contact with, were wearing masks or not. I assume that the health staff were, at least.
Interesting numbers, regardless.
That's the beauty of it. The fear is so prevalent now that the government doesn't need to require anything.
The zeitgeist right now is that everyone must wear masks and practice social distancing. Why? Who knows!
The latest numbers for my country show that there is one case out of 100000...
I am by no means an expert in investing, but I am expecting the whole covid situation to last a year or more.
With the biggest travel season dead in the waters and so many people broke or reducing spending, I imagine that much of the extra fat will be cut and many companies will go under.
I personally judge a man by the size of his aquarium.
Jokes aside, I have been reading lately a book on shrimpkeeping and I am very tempted to start a small operation just as a test run.
The book made it sounds rather easy, and I recon that shrimps are the next step for aquarium enthusiasts.
Excuse me if I am mistaken, but aren't airlines operating on thin margins, already?
International tourism seems dead for this season, and what little flights left will be operating at less than capacity?
Wouldn't want to be invested in airlines, right now.
The problem isn't what the virus did, it's how policy makers handled it.
If airports were closed from the very beginning, and entrants had to get PCR tests or spend 14 days in quarantine, tourism would have suffered. But the rest of the country wouldn't have had to. A controlled burn when a...
I don't think alienating their loyal customers is a good strategy for that.
I am seeing restaurants and coffee shops offering discounts on their take-out and online ordering sides. Sure, golf can't exactly offer the same service online, but I don't think that asking for a premium now of all...
@ChrisV I agree with you on a lot of what you said, but let me one up you on a couple of points.
First off, before reading TFM and quitting my day job, I was working in Pharmaceutical Biotechs and Bioengineering and, believe me, there is 0 good will in that field. I have talked about vaccine...
Much of what caused problems with the virus and the economy right now is people extrapolating data and building models using what happened in a country, and expecting to get the same outcomes in completely different ones.
Sweden itself is an interesting case since Swedes were already a bit of...
That one was running on fumes, anyway.
Much of what is happening right now in the economy was well expected. The virus was simply the catalyst. The recession and the price wars were expected. And what's interesting with China and SE Asia too, is that people were expecting this as well.
Each country is a different story, really.
Other than the local pollution, obesity ratios and genetic make up, one factor that differs hugely from one country to the other is hospital bed availability. Some countries had way more than what they expected to need, others can barely handle the...
Yeah, I find it ironic that the most popular game with people seeking escapism away from poverty, unemployment and debt is... a game about doing repetitive tasks to pay off a debt.
We have gone full circle.
I went down the rabbit hole and read some more of his articles, along with articles his peers published, and they were all definitely right on a lot of things.
It seems that most governments followed the same path: Call up a couple of epidemiologists and asked them for models and numbers. Poor...