Some expats in Bali consider themselves lucky to self-isolate in Paradise. While most mornings consist of Lying awake in bed gazing beyond their windows at perhaps some mountains, an infinity pool, or maybe the Indian ocean. Although the sites and sounds are always beautiful in Bali, most expats can all agree that we still miss the magic and the madness of Bali. In fact, most of us try to ignore yet another wave of disheartening news which always confirms the reality that Bali has changed. Hindu prayers continue to go unanswered since Silence Day (Nyepi) ………..silence continues –Aug 24th
Feeling safe for the moment
When your flights are canceled and you find out it’s almost impossible to find a way back to your home country, you might say, “well, at least I’m in paradise’. Recently, I read that the USA had at least 17,000 confirmed cases last weekend, but the actual number was probably somewhere between 60,000 to 250,000, since then as of Wednesday there were 54,000 confirmed cases, a pretty large margin if you ask me. The official case count is still unknown, but after looking just now the number of confirmed cases has climbed to 213,000 in the USA, infecting every state. UPDATE: On June first USA has 1,837,170 and 106,195 deaths. (Updated August 24th, 2020 5.68 million confirmed cases and 176k deaths in the USA)
Just The Basic Facts
It’s estimated that even if social distancing methods can reduce infection rates by 95%, 960,000 Americans will still need intensive care. There are only 180,000 ventilators in the U.S. and barely enough respiratory therapists and critical care staff to look after 100,000 estimated patients. If Trump continues his course, if Americans continue to social distance themselves, if testing is obtainable to everyone, and if enough masks can be manufactured, America might be able to avert the worst predictions about COVID-19. That’s a lot of what if’s.
It will take all nations to end this pandemic. Seems like the virus is running circles around the world when one country seems to have everything under control, another spark again. The virus is silently taking its own course making its way through the world host by host, leaving only immune survivors.
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When The Music’s Over
Will our world ever be the same again? Will Xenophobia cause nations and people to divide? Which Conspiracy theory will resurface next? Who will we blame for all this? Should we point our fingers at the Chinese and their appetite for exotic animals? Italy for ignoring the social distance warnings? Sweden for ignoring signs? Or Donald Trump for…….Everyone is in this together now.
Bali has all it’s eggs in one basket
What will Bali be like when the government tells its nation it’s safe to go outside and play again? How long will it take for things to return to normal? Will Bali’s economy be able to bounce back without tourism? While Bali has stood the test of time against, natural disasters, and even terrorism, this is a lot different. With very few visitors coming here, a lot of businesses dependent on tourism will go bankrupt.
On A Positive Note
‘The lack of testing, failure to keep a social distance, the recovered still wheezing and gasping for air, a collapsed economy, high unemployment rates, and so on. However, with all these negative effects of the Coronavirus, there will always (or at least usually) be some positives.
Some of the positives are:
- Governments will re-evaluate methodologies used to handle pandemics. Creating better methods to prevent future pandemics or epidemics. ending up with the same outcome we have today.
- Corporations may rethink their supply chains. They may start manufacturing locally as well
- The environment may recover, even if it’s only for a short while. People and businesses will reduce their travel and rely more on technology. Working from home will become the new norm, and employers may convert to this new system which will give everyone more enjoyment in their lives.
- Anti-vaxers may reconsider their views.
- People and establishments around the world will improve their personal hygiene. Hopefully, they’ll continue to wash their hands well and maybe we’ll see less spreading of colds and flu.