I wanted to break from normal protocol over here and talk about something non-Dodger Baseball related. Obviously there is no Dodger Baseball or any baseball for the foreseeable future. All sports, baseball, NBA, NFL, NHL, MLS are all suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some things are bigger than sports. This is definitely affecting everyone. If you live in planet Earth then odds are you have been affected by the Coronavirus in some way shape or form.
The new reality of our society is actually kind of frightening. I don’t want to turn this into a political forum, but I feel like I need to talk about this a little bit, especially with Dodger baseball and all baseball on stand still. My question is: How have you been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic?
I know there are some people who may not be worrying too much about this, but it is something that nobody can escape from. As of right now there are now more than 350,000 global cases with over 16,000 confirmed deaths. This is according to the Johns Hopkins University the institution tracking the data across the world. There are now over 40,000 confirmed cases in the United States and last I checked, 475 Americans had lost their lives. There are now well over 1200 cases in the state of California.
The virus originated in Wuhan China, and is thought to have spawned from Bat Genomes. The virus has spread throughout the World quickly. Europe has been hit badly. Italy, France and Spain are seeing cases spike exponentially. Italy is currently under lockdown and mandatory quarantines. Over here, California, New York, Washington, Ohio and other states have issued similar but softer orders. We are required to stay at home unless needing to go to the grocery store, pick up medication, or exercise outside.
Another major problem caused by the Coronavirus pandemic is the shutdown of the economy. Restaurants, Bars, clubs, most retail shops, and any non-essential services are shutdown in an attempt to stop the outbreak. People are being ordered to social distance, stay home as much as possible. To make things worse, people are panic buying supplies, making it very difficult to find basic necessities in the store without having to stand in line at 8 AM outside the store like a refugee. Millions are now unemployed, or going to lose their businesses. Congress is working to pass legislature that will issue stimulus payments to help American workers, and small businesses.
It’s very clear that our government, and leadership have failed us considerably. There is no cure or vaccine for the disease and no treatment. This is the first time it has gone through human populations so nobody has immunity to it yet. If you get it, you have to go through the symptoms and hope your natural immune system will fight it off. Some people have stronger immune systems than others. Some people are asymptomatic, and others have mild symptoms.
How has the Coronavirus pandemic affected you? I miss Dodger baseball more than you could imagine. I wish that we could get back to normal, and get back to discussing the Dodgers. Unfortunately the current situation is preventing us from doing that. So sound off. For this article, I will allow everyone to vent here. You can say whatever you want. How has the Pandemic effected or changed your life? Let us know. Here’s hoping that life becomes normal again.