There’s no denying it, Coronavirus has this world in the palm of its hand, or is it now elbows? Quickly it has spread and there’s nary a country on this planet that can claim to be unaffected. It is (somewhat) interesting to watch how this has spread so quickly from being a China issue to a global one, with Italy having now locked itself down as cases of, and deaths from quickly rise.
We are fortunate here in my own hometown of Perth, Western Australia to currently have few cases, though know that will last only so long. We’ve had one death of an elderly gentleman who had been aboard the cruise ship Diamond Princess, and have I think 4 or 5 cases of the virus remaining.
Despite the flu being said to be more serious in its impact on an annual basis, it has been strange to see panic buying by people around regions of the world, and here too. Toilet paper and certain staple foods flying off shelves; indeed, there have been scenes of people fighting over their perceived greater right to toilet paper than another’s, one such fight ending with a woman being charged – the world has truly gone mad. I wonder, when will this panic buying settle down and we can return to supermarkets again confident in the knowledge they’ll have supply once more?
I wonder too, will we be working from home to isolate ourselves but ensure business continuity? My own workplace instituted Microsoft Teams-based telephony late last year, looking back how fortuitous a decision that may have been. An interesting few months ahead I think, but please, mad world, settle down.