Well, Bill Gates warned us and we didn’t listen. The Coronavirus that causes the Covid-19 disease has become a global pandemic. This has changed everyone’s daily lives in major ways. Many of us are being advised to shelter at home, others are amidst some level of uncertainty or chaos about their future. The economy is being strained and many people are out of jobs already or may be out of them soon.
For the first time in many generations there is an existential threat to the entire human population. We are witnessing a nearly infinite number of social experiments take place and new societal norms will be formed during this time.
Information and communication is vital, as the situation requires everyone to act according to the best interest of those who are most vulnerable among us.
This is an open thread to discuss the topic of the Coronavirus, your personal feelings, thoughts, ideas, fears, hopes and dreams about the situation. In some ways I sort of hope to “quarantine” discussion about this topic to this thread, so that other areas of the forum can remain constructive.
Many people will be learning from home for an extended period of time so I hope that the Arduboy forums can be an even more valuable resource than it has been before. In that same breath, we are a wonderfully positive international community, so I think that it could be helpful for us all to share our experiences and in some way try to help each other out.
Me personally, I’m at my moms house in the foothills of California, outside of Sacramento. California just locked down the whole state last night.
This is my own thoughts based on information I’ve researched from scientific sources, it seems like this lockdown will be in effect for at least 3-4 months, although officially they say that it is “indefinite”. The data I have seen shows that a majority of the cases will have occurred by the end of the summer. It is difficult to predict the remaining apetite for safety after that time has passed. It’s possible the lockdowns will continue in some form or another until there is a vaccine available and in general people are saying 18 months, but it could easily be longer if trials do not go well.
This document is one of the best resources I’ve found to date on the subject, and from what I understand, it is this information that most governments have made their most recent lock down decisions upon.
Another bit of good news, is it seems that the mask shortage may only be a temporary problem as production in China has ramped up by an order of several magnitude.
In some ways, it seems like the surprise and shock of the disease is starting to wear off and in general governments and societies are finding a way to normalize and deal with it. The crisis will only continue to get worse for months to come, but at least we have a fairly good indication of how bad it will get, instead of everything being a giant question mark.
My heart goes out to people in Italy right now as it seems that is the new center of the outbreak, and the hospitals there are absolutely over capacity. Supposedly NYC is at capacity already and it’s only just started there.
My plan personally is to try to help out in whatever ways I can. I looked into helping produce masks or ventilators or something, but it seems nearly all of that production is in China. I’ve applied to the open ventilator project but it seems like they are way staffed up on that project already.
I’m going to try and figure how I can run an arduino class online, I think I’m just going to make some youtube videos for people so they can sit with their kids and make a little video game system.
I’m also looking at delivering food out here, I’m going to the grocery stores next week to see if any of them need delivery drivers.
I guess last thing that I want to get off my head at the moment about this, is that Arduboy would have never existed in this climate. 5 years of course is a long time, but if someone told me I had to go to China to start my business then of course, no way. So even there are entrepreneurial costs being had right now. That said, lots of new healthcare businesses are being formed, so that is good.
I’m very curious what your situations and thoughts are. Are you all staying safe?
If you have ideas for how to make Arduboy more helpful to people in a time like this post up over here.