Every cancelation notice I'm getting from companies I do business with, they are closing up shop for the remainder of March. It seems that everyone thinks the first week of April is a magic week to resume business. I hope it is, I hope the curve flattens and everyone does their duty in staying indoors and avoiding crowds. If they do their part, there should be a decrease in new cases. However, the caveat is as soon as more tests are available, more people will be diagnosed as positive. The good side is that MOST people recover from it very well, the bad side is that the older people and the sick can die from it.
I'm mentally exhausted by all this. I took advantage of a cheap rate for a hotel which is non-refundable. This is my first time doing this because that's how confident I was in going, and that's how tight my funds are. I continue to hold onto hope, but my grip is slipping and it's heartbreaking.
Post by chalametthegreat on Mar 16, 2020 21:09:54 GMT -8
One thing I absolutely hate about this virus right now is social distancing. I understand the concept and know it is necessary right now for health and safety. But I hope we can get back to mutual handshakes and hugs one day. I enjoy being social and friendly with family and friends in that manner and with their permission of course. I cant imagine living in a world without the handshake. I saw photos of Timothee walking in London today and doing social distancing. The photos looked so somber. I want to get back to the random photos of Timothee saying hi to fans and the media and smiling. I pray that day comes sooner than later. I just hate how this virus has so disrupted our lives. But we need to have hope, support each other, and have patience. I am glad actually that various people here are going through the same emotions and problems. We are all in this together. Let's have some faith for a bright spring.
I have been on social media and it is just devastating to read all the people losing their jobs because of this virus. Just unreal. Someone in Nevada just posted that the governor has closed all casinos - that is a lot of people out of work. Someone else mentioned some chain store laying off 3000 today. I am seeing it over and over again. They say record amounts of unemployment claims are being filed in some states. In a poll, almost 1 in 5 Americans are saying they are either being laid off or having their hours reduced.
As disappointed as I am if Timmy's play is cancelled/postponed, it really puts things in perspective with probably millions of people being let go and having no idea how they are going to pay their rent/bills. Just awful.
That's right Tracy and that's what I was alluding to in our private twitter chat last night. And that's why I bought that 'I Am Grateful' mala bracelet today because I'm gainfully employed and secured, in the healthcare industry, and I know about all the people losing their jobs. Jobs that people might not get again. There are predictions that this won't stabilize until 12 weeks from now. I've also been very stressed out with the communications we're sending out to our hospitals and other healthcare providers about coronavirus and I'm being pulled every which way. The financial devastation and emotional toll on the human conscious from this nasty new virus that should have never been created is just heartbreaking. But we will survive this, but it'll change a lot of people's lives, and I'm hopeful that government agencies and world leaders learn from this and are better prepared to stop a pandemic from happening again. I'm one of the lucky ones whose main gripes have been fantastic events for April/May that have been canceled or postponed.
Didn't think I would have ever seen this in my lifetime, but here we are. Lets hope and pray this (along with what those in other states/countries are doing) helps things get better. Stay safe everyone.
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Thank God for Oprah and Idris sharing this pivotal moment of their conversation about his diagnosis of having Covid-19, which he is doing well and will fully recover. The timing of this NEW virus into the world is the world's (EARTH's) response to humanity about how we've been treating the planet. Think about it. There's no such thing as "coincidence".
This is an interesting article, but it's a tad too gloom and doom for my taste. I prefer to be a bit more optimistic. All of the lockdown that we're doing right now, all over, has to give us some benefits by August. It has too, otherwise, all of this is for naught!
Post by chalametthegreat on Apr 16, 2020 12:01:08 GMT -8
Simone, please keep up your optimism. We need it, and I totally agree with your viewpoint. I think too many professionals in the media are selling doom and gloom this week when they should be selling hope. The social distancing is working. I think things will look much better across the planet by June 1. Why social distance or wear a mask now if we cant expect some return to normalcy soon for all of our sacrifices.
I'm sure not everything will be back to normal again this year but I will be going to theatres and restaurants again as soon as it is allowed. And while I rather not get sick at all from being out in public, since when has life ever been risk free or safe. I could die on the way to the theatre from a car accident or an unrelated medical condition from poor health habits. At some point when the disease has been contained or suppressed enough, we need to restart our lives so that the 20 million Americans out of work and suffering can find employment again.
I think people in the entertainment industry should be moving any big public plans and events right now into 2021 and come up with our governments creative ideas to reopen their businesses that mean so much to so many people. After being at home for at least a month, I would bet millions of people are ready to go back to theatres even if it means sitting further apart and wearing bloody masks (my pet peeve haha)!
We will get through this together and be enjoying the French Dispatch and Dune soon enough in public theatres!