Jack is a volunteer at the CCNY Archives. Before retiring, he worked at IBM for over 28 years. His articles have over 100,000 views.
I have always been an optimist. I try to see the bright side of any crisis. This coronavirus outbreak is just the latest example. With the stock market correction, and the shut down of restaurants and sporting events, and the empty shelves at Costco...I still see some positive outcomes.
- March 2020
The Long List...
- Our borders are finally closed, even temporarily
- The homeless problem is being addressed
- A wakeup call for our outsourcing of important medicines to China
- A stop or pause to globalization
- Even our divided Congress is working together to pass bills to help
- Our top business leaders are pitching in to help
- People are staying close to family, more so than ever
- People are reaching out to their neighbors to help
- Faith and religion is being renewed
- Countries are working together and cooperating for the greater good
- We are focusing on the welfare of the elderly who have been forgotten
- We finally have some free time on our hands
- Save money
- Climate change has taken a back seat to this pressing pandemic
Some Good Suggestions
Here are a list of ideas to spend that free time.
- read a book
- take up a new hobby, learn to play an instrument
- write a journal
- watch an old TV show you missed
- learn meditation or yoga on youtube
- call or facetime your friends and relative
- learn to cook or try out a new recipe
- walk a mile a day
- stop watching the news all the time
- don't worry over the down market, it will come back
- play some classical music
- read about history...our history...our Constitution
- donate blood - (only apply to millennial generation, young and healthy)
April 7, 2020 Update
It occurred to me, after about a month of self quarantine, we are actually saving money. Between the less driving, the lower gas and heating oil prices, the closing of restaurants, and the mall, and the long walks, we are actually saving money. I estimate we probably saved $200 per week just by staying home. We are spending more on food because we are eating out less, but that is also a net saving, and healthier besides.
I am sure you will have your own story. Please send me yours in the comment section below. Good stories are hard to come by. Personal experiences are better than hearsay.
My best example is a dancer in NY stopped to help an elderly couple sitting in their car outside a grocery store. They were afraid to go in to get some groceries and she offered to help. A simple gesture of kindness. We can all learn from it.
The coronavirus is scary. It is the latest unknown in our complex society. We cannot give in to fear. Let's use common sense and face this crisis together.
Some Positive Stories...
- Tesla, General Motors and Ford to manufacture artificial respirators - Teller Report
Jaguar or Toyota are also among the manufacturers who have proposed to create these medical devices
- Regeneron Based in Tarrytown NY
Regeneron is in early development of a treatment that could guard against new the coronavirus for several months using antibodies from genetically modified mice.
- Antimalarial Drug revives the hope to treat Coronavirus infection | News & Updates
The Chinese researchers have found three effective drugs that may be used in the treatment of the novel Coronavirus infection. An antimalarial drug is one.
- N95 masks made for industry can now be sold to hospitals, health care professionals - The Washington
The legislation will let manufacturers sell to hospitals and healthcare providers millions of masks intended for industrial use without liability, Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday.
- Apple Donating Millions of Masks to Coronavirus Health Workers – Variety
Apple chief Tim Cook said the tech giant is donating millions of masks to providers battling coronavirus in the U.S. and Europe.
- Old Glory Distilling Co. switches from spirits to hand sanitizer
Old Glory Distilling Co. is trading production of spirits for sanitizer in an effort to help combat the coronavirus in Clarksville.
Blast From The Past - IBM Plant Makes Airplane Parts During WWII
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© 2020 Jack Lee
Michael Rivers from North Carolina on March 28, 2020:
Ah, now that makes more sense of your stance on border security. Thank you for clearing that up.
Of course, it's not just our health and security that are interlinked. Our economic status to purchase consumables is also tied, but now we see an opportunity to look for other alternatives.
I look forward to your next article and hope you stay safe and healthy.
The Logician from now on on March 28, 2020:
Here is some food for thought. Which one deserves closing the economy?
Frightening Car Deaths Per Year Statistics for 2020
1.35 million people die in road accidents worldwide every year — 3,700 deaths a day.
Car crashes have risen to the 8th leading cause of death for people globally.
Saturday is estimated to be the deadliest day of the week for car crashes in the US.
In 2017, there were a total of 34,247 car crashes involving fatalities on US roads.
Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents, causing 25–50% of all crashes.
Compare that to the reasons why we have shut down the economy:
Coronavirus Cases worldwide: 620,843
Deaths: 28,653 Recovered: 137,348
ACTIVE CASES: 454,842
Currently Infected Patients: 430,827 (95%) in Mild Condition
24,015 (5%) Serious or Critical
CLOSED CASES: 166,001
Cases which had an outcome:
137,348 (83%) Recovered / Discharged
28,653 (17%) Deaths
Answer is either both or neither or you explain which is worse and why. Certainly based on what we have chosen to do number of deaths has nothing to do with our government’s decision to shut down the economy because I haven’t even added the number of deaths yearly from the regular flu virus.
The Logician from now on on March 28, 2020:
How about how these two Italian kids are enjoying their quarantine!
Jack Lee (author) from Yorktown NY on March 27, 2020:
Michael, thanks for your input. What was wrong about my statement on the borders? Isn't that what all of us claim we want to secure our borders? For decades, Republicans and Democrats campaign on that issue of fixing our border crisis and having a comprehensive immigration solution,,, yet, nothing happened. It took a pandemic for people to realize that our health and security is linked.
Michael Rivers from North Carolina on March 27, 2020:
It's refreshing to know that there is always something good even in the midst of a crisis. I keep seeing beautiful scenery just outside my window, and when I get a chance to walk around (practicing Social Distancing), I am AMAZED at the sheer beauty of God Creation.
Birds chirping, squirrels running, neighborhood cats just being buttheads getting up all in the yard, and a chance to actually slow down from this rush of life to APPRECIATE what we really have and what we need to do to maintain and make better.
This will not be the only pandemic humanity will face, nor the only crisis, but we will overcome this, and hopefully learn to appreciate the importance of what we are given and how to maintain it.
I have some issues with your stance on the borders being closed, but I understand why that would be perceived as a positive considering the circumstances.
Lorna from USA on March 22, 2020:
Thanks for this Silver lining article! It's has given me something positive to think about. Thanks for all your suggestions.
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 18, 2020:
Neighbors here really are not reaching out...it's like you might have the plague so stay away. Unless of course you are out battling for toilet paper!
I am so bored. But maybe a few items from your list will help, if it ever stops raining.
Thanks for the share.
Simanu Salanoa on March 18, 2020:
Although I still go to work, I find myself reflecting back to my life, watch little tv, and up the task of self monitoring, cleaning, washing hands and body more often than usual.
I love all the list above and literally apply to my and my family current daily steps. Thank you
Carolyn Fields from South Dakota, USA on March 17, 2020:
The one thing that resonates the most on your list (for me) is addressing the homeless situation. Before this, I was contemplating how the homeless situation would ever improve, since places such as San Francisco have basically given up. Now there is a new incentive. Tragic, but it could - as you say - be a silver lining.
My personal story is a renewed sense of how blessed I truly am. Working from home, having plenty to eat, being healthy. These are all things that one tends to take for granted over time. I appreciate them more.