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  1. Anonymous on October 29, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    My heart bleeds for any small business that is in crisis or that has to close due to the pandemic, whether it’s my family, a friend, or someone I don’t know–it’s tragic. And I know many feel that this is a balancing act where the best balance is that businesses stay open, and some people will die, but the “businesses open” is the least of the evils. Yet, from everything we know, that is not true–and I’m not talking about the horrible number of deaths being the worst, on it’s own. I’m talking about the economy as a whole tanking and the number of businesses that will close increasing dramatically in the end. First, remember that for ALL known cold and flu viruses the worst season is November, December and January. Those viruses don’t go away in the other months, but for various reasons they’re just not as bad. Most flu deaths are in Nov-Dec-Jan. And with this virus, we haven’t even seen what it will do when it’s fully unleashed in those months, because it was not around in significant amounts in those months last year. In the “off” months, we’ve already had 228,000 deaths (or people who died prematurely), and those are NOT fake numbers. But now, it’s had time to spread everywhere and it’s all around us, and November is 3 days away. When it hits us full-force for the first time, the economic impact will most likely be like nothing you imagined. You worried about the current economic impact and some businesses closing? When this hits full-force, that could be a drop in the bucket to what will happen–possibly a second Great Depression with a 10 year recovery or more, instead of a big recession with a 2 year recovery. At least, that is what has happened with other unchecked pandemics. (Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.) Even the 1918 pandemic caused a huge economic downturn, with a 10 year recovery–and it appears that most of those people were following recommendations and restrictions as best they could. When this hits full-force you will see transportation workers, those who process our foods, those who care for people in hospitals and care facilities, those who teach our children, and on and on, dropping like flies–either being unable to work for a couple of weeks, or becoming disabled for longer periods, or dying. That in itself will collapse our economy. The cost of caring for everyone who is very ill might be enough to cripple the economy in itself, but the number of businesses that will go under, the number of families that are bankrupted and the ones who will lose their primary breadwinners, all that and much more will likely create a more horrible scenario than you ever imagined. Also, I understand that a small business in crisis is like someone gone overboard from a boat in icy waters far from shore, and they are flailing to try to get back in the boat, to survive. But I wonder how many might give up that fight if they knew that their effort was going to end up in not only them dying, but also cause the deaths of some family members, friends, neighbors, and associates, when they capsize that boat and everyone goes into the water? Right now, as I read these comments, it looks to me like everyone in the boat is ALL leaning overboard on one side, to help that guy get back in the boat, and they are all going to go under, in just moments, as the boat capsizes. Instead, we need to take a reasoned approach, where as much help is given as can be given without capsizing the whole boat–and that means pressuring your elected representatives to come up with a much better plan that truly helps SMALL businesses, do it more efficiently, and do it NOW. (Or preferably, months ago, but it’s too late for that.) And the rest of us need to keep the boat afloat for all of us: Buy local, help how you can, but follow restrictions.

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