What I’m Thinking About: Reopening the Economy
Yesterday, Governor Newsom revealed a six-point plan to reopen California’s economy. Did he give a timeframe? Nope, but he did say what they are going to do to make it happen. They have 6 areas of focus:
- Lots of testing so we can isolate people who test positive
- Preventing high-risk groups (older people, those with asthma) from getting infected
- Getting hospitals the resources they need to handle more cases
- Getting drugs to help those who are sick
- Ability for schools and child care facilities to open or operate remotely and equipment for workplaces so they could possibly open
- Figure out when let people out of their homes
I’m pumped that they’re focused on this so that we can figure out what the next part of 2020 looks like.
Of course, Trump is pissed that someone else is calling the shots. His take:
For the purpose of creating conflict and confusion, some in the Fake News Media are saying that it is the Governors decision to open up the states, not that of the President of the United States & the Federal Government. Let it be fully understood that this is incorrect….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2020
What Else? Getting Groceries.
Seven in 10 people now consider going to the grocery store a risky act — and a majority of Americans say they’ve started wearing masks outside their homes at least sometimes
Not surprising as this is the one activity that we all must do and it’s the one time we’re getting out of the house. It is scary – especially when you see that old guy touching every single avocado to find the one that’s perfectly ripe. Come on dude.
One interesting read in WSJ (paywall) is about how San Francisco was spared thousands of lives when the 49’ers lost the Super Bowl as it really eliminated a bunch of mass gatherings.
New Jersey knows their audience:
REMINDER: Keep AT LEAST 1.05 Bon Jovis of space between yourself and others pic.twitter.com/YinsvpH6U0
— New Jersey (@NJGov) April 14, 2020
After Bernie Sanders endorsed Joe Biden over live-streamed video, Jimmy Kimmel said: “That’s a very powerful message for the country — if two 80-year-old men can successfully log into a Zoom meeting, anything is possible.”
A recorded Easter call:
I had thought that everyone had Netflix already. Apparently there was room to grow. The crazy curve is Disney+ that went from 0 to 50million in no time. Today is the day that Comcast launches their Peacock service, only to Comcast subscribers though. Others get it in July.
As if our front-line workers weren’t badass enough, here’s a quick video of doctor’s holding a cello and piano recital at a New York hospital:
Comfort comes in many forms. Today our surgeons hosted a Healing Concert that will be shared virtually w/ patients all throughout the hospital.❤️
Here is Dr. Liou (piano), gen surgery resident, & Dr. Dyrszka (cello), orthopedic surgeon.
— Columbia Surgery (@ColumbiaSurgery) April 6, 2020
Saw two little girls in facemasks playing hopscotch. It’s like someone Jumanji’d a Banksy painting.
— Jesse McLaren (@McJesse) April 13, 2020
Finally, in a move that surprises nobody:
Deleting this from last night because the current story also includes a Treasury statement saying there won’t be any delays (and an on-the-record quote from a quality control manager at IRS saying there will be). https://t.co/MASBPtGe73 pic.twitter.com/hoxBMA0lMX
— Mike Madden (@MikeMadden) April 15, 2020
Only 64 more days to go