Life, as we knew it just weeks ago, is collapsing all around us.
Events are being canceled and postponed around the globe to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which has killed more than 5,000 people and infected more than 144,000 as of mid-March, including 42 deaths reported in the US. Schools, Broadway shows, sports events (e.g., professional and college basketball championship playoffs, Major League baseball season, Premier Soccer League) and countless other social gatherings have been closed, suspended or postponed. Our financial markets are in a free fall.
The travel industry is in complete overwhelm. I was on hold for over an hour when I tried to call American Airlines to cancel our tickets to go to New York to see “To Kill a Mockingbird.” And when I try calling Expedia, their automated answering system tells me that their systems are down — just before hanging up on me over and over again.
I sense profound fear all around me. Even my neighbors are staying away from each other after cancelling our annual community Spring Party. I understand. I, too, feel the weight of all of the risks and uncertainties that surround me.
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