NOTE: This post, is not my creation, but from the comments. I thought it was good enough to copy/paste it as a post so others may get a feeling of what is going on in other parts of the country and understand that what I’ve been writing about the Wuhan Virus and our country’s response, is not a singular opinion. Thanks to Jeanne for her commentary here.
There was a protest drive-around scheduled today for Annapolis, Maryland…petition included. It is not so much that the protest is about “state-at-home” tactics, but about allowing locales with minimal contagion to get back to business. It is supposed that 40% of the current craft breweries/pubs will not get back to business and small downtowns that have struggled to survive before the lockdown, will simply die. But maybe not, for one can hope. But, yes, the authoritarian state has demanded what we must do, and folks are getting pissed off.
Worse, the agricultural business results of nation and state lockdown have yet to cycle down to the people, but when it does and the shelves are truly empty, there will be more outcry and demand to get back to work. But the bottom of the wheel has to work its way back up before shelves are full of produce and meat and milk again…and that is going to take a while, and prices have to go up to offset the damage done to the Ag corporations down to the farmer. That is worrisome to anybody who is paying attention. I mean, you can make do without your hair stylist and your local watering hole, but when there is no meat, dairy and produce to be bought from the money you make at the job you are now back to work at, that is a whole different thing.
Maybe I am wrong, but the fear is there. And the eggs for making chickens, etc. and the piglets for making pork chops and the cows and beef need to grow again if their mommas are still alive and crops have to be planted again and grow to fruit and people have to be ready to harvest them. And all this is going to cost farmers money that they probably don’t have… Then you can worry about shipping and stocking and ability to shop.
Just weary and feeling not so hopeful, I guess. And since we grow chickens for a large company and we know what is going on and just moved our flock (thank goodness) and are aware that we might be out of business for 8 weeks this time and we know what that means for us, but also what it means for those who have mortgages on their farms and haven’t paid last years farming bills even….well, it is depressing, to say the least. Is there a Depression around the corner? I am fearful.
But you know what is more depressing to farmers? It is the terrible waste. Wasted time, wasted money, wasted energy plus sweat and tears and wasted harvest. I have read that farmers are doing the best they can to get food off their farms into the hands of their fellow citizens, but it has become an impossible task and it takes the heart from them.
About the Spanish Flu; we don’t know how good we have it with this virus and modern medicine. Most, if not all nearly all, people are dead that experienced that pandemic.
Take the Swine Flu of 2009-10; 60 million infected, 300,000 hospitalized, 68,000 dead are common statistics on that. Modern healthcare was supposed to be ready for another novel virus after that. What happened? The only good thing done this time was to slow the spread, thereby slowing the rate of serious cases that need hospitalization or more treatment than just take it easy, drink fluids, take Tylenol and call if it gets worse and wait for Summer to knock it down. Predictions were adjusted and aren’t as bad, but I just get so angry that we could not pull together as a country, and given a week for planning, couldn’t absolutely all of us (hospitals and pharmacies and law enforcement excepted, etc) and stay the hell sheltered at home for two weeks. Wasn’t it that serious? Or was it just political and made for good media and maybe very bad for Trump? Can you imagine if Congress had reacted immediately together with Trump and all the Governors and made a force to be reckoned with, together with the will of the people to nip this virus in the bud? Instead nobody really took it too seriously. And they still haven’t.
So…I will stop my rambling on.