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    The New Yorker | Bill McKibben | 3/11/20 | 4 min
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    • jbuchana
      Top reader this weekReading streakScoutScribe
      2 weeks ago

      No isolation here, at least not yet. We have supposedly started to limit travel and business in our county, per the local government which enacted a yellow traffic restriction and closed non-essential businesses at 8:00 this morning. Reports are that people are having none of it and are keeping businesses open and are patronizing them as usual. We've stayed at home except for a trip out to cash a check and buy food (it was available), my observations on that quick trip would back this up, it looked as busy as usual. I have to go to work at 5:00, my store is considered "essential". Apparently the nail salon next to the store is too, they were open and had people parked in front. No one here is taking this seriously.

      • bill
        Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
        2 weeks ago

        Keep us posted!

        In the Bay Area, in the last 48 hours, things have gone from “serious” to “war zone vibes.”

        • jbuchana
          Top reader this weekReading streakScoutScribe
          2 weeks ago

          Maybe that will happen here, but it's going to take arrests to get it through people's heads that this is serious. We have almost exactly the same rules now that the Bay Area, I think they used the Bay area rules as a template. Everyone is ignoring it, we had a very busy day at work today, only one sale appeared to be an essential crisis-related sale. The nail salons, gyms, tanning shops in the strip mall with us were very busy too, and they aren't considered "essential" like we are. Tomorrow (Friday the 20th) the advisory is switching from "yellow" "you're supposed to do this" to "orange" "we can arrest you if you don't do this" I think it will take arrests, and the people around here will then see a problem. But based on what our customers have been saying, the problem they will see won't be the virus, it'll be the "government overstepping their bounds" I hear that guns and ammunition are selling like hotcakes. My supervisor at work told me that the reason people are out doing retail therapy in the middle of a pandemic is that "they're entitled assholes" She's right. Two of our employees have been out sick for two days. They think they have the flu, but I'm not sure one of them would admit he had the virus, he's been a die-hard "it's just a cold" person.

    • Pegeen
      Reading streakScribe
      2 weeks ago

      Beautifully written - thought provoking. There can be silver linings in disasters, as mentioned here, and if we do wake up from our social isolation and start caring about one another, that would be amazing. But the thing I have noticed is that the caring never seems to last once the crisis is over. The question then becomes, how can we make it sustainable?

    • Florian2 weeks ago

      What we need to do is physical and not social distancing. We can still be social with all the technological options from inside our homes

    • Alexa
      ScoutScribe
      2 weeks ago

      This was lovely. The social distancing measures showed me just how often we interact with other humans in our lives without really counting it as IRL engagement.

      “We should use the quiet of these suddenly uncrowded days to think a little about how much we’ve allowed social isolation to grow in our society, even without illness as an excuse. (...) If we pay attention, we may value more fully the moment we’re released from our detention, and we may even make some changes in our lives as a result. It will be a relief, above all, when we’re allowed to get back to caring for one another, which is what socially evolved primates do best.”

      • bill
        Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
        2 weeks ago

        If we pay attention

        10!