Life in Lockdown - Day 4
On the evening of Monday, March 23, 2020, a full country quarrantine, with home lockdown, was announced by prime minister Borris Johnson of the United Kingdom in an attempt to ‘flatten the curve’ and slow the rate of spread of CoViD-19.
Now it’s up to us to do our part while trying to stay sane as we do. This is not a story, this is real life.
It’s Friday. Day 4 of the forced national quarrantine.
Doom and gloom and portents of the End of Days aside, things aren’t all bad.
Parts of the world are greening up with pollution improving and wildlife returning. Traffic is better. And governments are giving out money to people who can’t go to work.
And slowly, the human sphere begins to change and adapt to more online options.
I’m not sure how many people have realized the inevitable yet, but considering the virus won’t go away and we’re unlikely to have a treatment/vaccine for 12-18 months, some longer-than-short-term alteration of society will need to be undertaken. The first step will be to adapt more events to being online.
[prediction: I expect the development of virtual caves and VR meetings to get a huge boost]
The Virtual Life
I held my first virtual coffee break today. There was a bit of a SNAFU with the link but things got sorted and a few people showed up.
We used video chat software Zoom and I can easily see a problem with large groups at casual get-togethers all speaking at the same time.
The virtual group meeting software still needs to be improved for such meetings. Especially required is the implementation of ‘virtual mingling’ where small discussion groups can seemlessly form and disband within the larger groups. Once combined with VR, virtual parties will truly take off.
Virus Watch: Italy
Other than that, not much to report. I’m eagerly watching the infection levels in Italy as they near the end of their third week in quarantine. The situation there should be improving now if quarantine has a positive effect.
A good resourch to check for this (tied in to the Johns Hopkins University data) is:
One thing it demonstrates is that the infection rate is essentially constant across all countries. Which means, once infection starts in a country, the soon quarantine is implemented, the sooner a country can gain control of the infection.
At the moment, it’s unknown whether we can get large-scale immunity or whether rapid secondary infections are possible. It’s also unknown whether we will be able to produce a vaccine.
Given the serious nature of this virus, human societies may be in for radical restructuring of the workplace as wells as the social arenas, with masks and gloves becoming the norm.
Anyway, all’s good on the homefront here. The family is still holding together although the young’un is missing her school friends and probably not getting as much exercise as she should.
How are you adapting?
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