The first issue keeping everyone on Edge, is massive unemployment. In March of this year, before the Pandemic, unemployment was 3.5%.Today, in large part because of the Pandemic, unemployment is now 8.4% (Bureau of Statistics).
To make it more clear, over 60 million Americans have so far, filed for unemployment. This is since the coronavirus appeared in mid-March, 2020. The most affected employees so far, are in the leisure, hospitality, and retail industries (Business Insider).
Disney, as of October 2020, has laid off 28,000 of its employees from both of their amusement parks. Airlines have reported that over 32,000 employees will soon be laid off.
There are employees working in a toxic environment work place, but can't afford to quit. They know they are lucky to have a job. But, for those who have to ask customers to wear a mask, employees daily face the wrath of angry, non-compliant and dangerous customers. Largely untrained, employees are subjected to customers who attack them, brandish weapons, and dare employees who ask that the store policy be respected. Those employees are working on Edge.
As of September 2020, over 60% of business listed on Yelp have closed for good (WIVB). To date, 24 major companies have filed for bankruptcy due to COVID-19, including Century21, CBC Entertainment (Chuck E. Cheese), Gold's Gym, Neiman Marcus, Pier 1 Imports, and JC Penny.(Kiplinger).
As the fall and winter seasons approach, restaurants that have survived so far are trying to figure out how to conduct in-house services in a COVID-19 environment.
Those who own or manage rental income properties are on Edge. This is because of federal and state moratoriums against foreclosures and evictions. Owners are now in the untenable position of allowing tenants to remain in their properties essentially rent-free. Yet, owners are still required to maintain the property and make repairs,
Loss of rental income as a result of several major events are usually covered in a commercial insurance policy under loss of rent, or business interruption expenses. Check your policy, or talk to your insurance agent.
These are the people you can count on to do the right thing, at the right time. They are the life savers, well respected for their commitment to duty, and service to others.
They are our public servants, and we can never thank them enough for our lives, and the quality of our lives.
Like everyone else, our public servants are afraid of catching the coronavirus. But there is something inside that sets them apart. It keeps them working despite the fear of infection. There are no words strong enough to express our gratitude.
We should commend them, and thank them for their service whenever we come into mutual contact.
At the time of this article, there gave been over 204,000 deaths from the coronavirus. There are currently over 3 million people that have contracted COVID-19. The virus is projected to have over 3,000 deaths a day by 2021, as reported on CNN News. This in the face of doctors around the world desperate to find a COVID-19 vaccine.
Those with the coronavirus, fight for their lives. Everyone under quarantine in the hospital, is living on the Edge. Everyone who has a friend or family member in the hospital with the coronavirus, and are not able to see them, are on the Edge. Death by COVID-19 is compounded by the fact that if or when a patient dies, save maybe medical staff, it will be a lonely death.
Victims of Nature
Nature in 2020 has been very angry. At least 35 people to date have died due to the wildfires in California, Oregon, and Washington states (The Guardian). Anyone in the path of the west coast wildfires is living in an historic bad dream. Homelessness, the lost of all their possessions and memories, homes burnt to the ground, and all those affected by the wildfires are living on the Edge.
The floods in Texas, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Louisiana from Hurricane Sally and Tropical Storm Beta, have put all those people on Edge. Included with the floods, have been storm surges of over 4 feet.
Puerto Rico, a Commonwealth of the United States, has been on the Edge since Category 5 Hurricane Maria hit in September, 2017. It is still in recovery.
For the first time in U.S. history, all 50 states and our territories are experiencing some form of disaster (The Atlantic). Climate change advocates have been horrified that their claims about global warming are coming true.
Families and Friends
Everyone stuck at home because of the Pandemic, is on Edge. Having to be around a partner and kids 24-hours a day, has to be a different way of life. The financial burden of dedicating space for the kids to study, for one. Buying computers and school supplies without a weekly income has to take its toll.
Having to work from home with a dedicated set-up space has created a new lifestyle. And, if the company you work for decides to make a permanent remote job, you now have a new and different job description.
Having a spouse or live-in lover underfoot, while you are trying to work, with kids to take care of and home school every day, is also a new life.
On the Edge, are those who have filed for divorce over the past six months, citing irreconcilable differences. Regular folks, and those in the entertainment industry, have found that they really can live without the other.
Children are trying to be normal in a new world full of masks, antibacterial solutions, gloves, and social distancing. They are being home schooled, and miss their teachers and playing with their friends. They are probably confused and on Edge.
Family and friends of those trapped overseas or otherwise out of the country when the borders were closed, live on the Edge. Tourists who didn't plan to be stuck in another country for months when the borders were closed, live on the Edge. Maybe they do not know the language. They are forced to live in a foreign land, under that country's COVID-19 policies, have to be on Edge.
Parents with children away from home in college, are on Edge.
This is the End of Part 1
In Part 2 of "Why Everyone's Nerves Are on Edge", I continue listing more of the atrocities the United States has suffered this year. Part 2 will further outline the many changes that Americans still have to endure .In, addition, I will review "Who is Not on the Edge", and why,.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Carolyn Gibson
Sharlee on October 01, 2020:
I can see you have put an enormous amount of research into this project. Great work
Carolyn Gibson (author) from Boston on September 30, 2020:
Carolyn Gibson (author) from Boston on September 30, 2020:
Thank you. It is a lot. I should have part 2 ready in the next few days.
Sharlee on September 30, 2020:
Thank you for writing this article.So insightful, so well done. I enjoyed the read, really made me think about how much we are all dealing with.