The name in the heading line is pronounced very differently to how it is written.
First thing to get out of the way is we have secure incomes. The lines of people queued at Centrelink for government benefits are distressing to see, reminiscent of lines at soup kitchens in the 1920s depression except this time it is in colour and not black and white.
We have supplies of everything for at least two weeks. As a supermarket CEO said, buy what you need and perhaps a little more. I am not normally an advocate for big business like our supermarket chains, but I think they have done really well and thanks to the staff on the floor who bear the personal brunt.
R went to his volunteer job this morning but of five drivers, he was the only one working. He was not allowed to stop off for food or coffee. He had to sanitise the work car after each person left. He took one man to the big green hardware shed and R's boss wondered later if such trips should be disallowed and restricted to supermarket and medical appointments. Well no, I suggested. Check what he wants to buy. It could be a rubber washer to stop his toilet flooding.
I went in to town on a a very empty tram and had my hair cut. The boss of the salon arrived to decide whether she would shut the salon down. I think it will be. My hair cutter thought hairdressing salons should be shut down. She was a few centimetres away from me, not the recommended 1.5 metres. It was a straight in and straight home trip with lots of hand sanitation. I so wanted to go have some food and good coffee.
Curious as to why COVID-19 hasn't broken out in Japan to any extent. Are they behind with testing and too much focusing too much on hotspots? There is not one case reported in the prefecture where our friend lives and aside from schools being closed, life goes on as normal with packed trains of workers.
I wondered why our private for profit public transport operators are still running a full service of almost empty vehicles. But if services were cut, it would mean more people on each vehicle.
Door handles and lift buttons in our building are being cleaned three times a day now. I use my finger knuckle now to press any button.
As I type in the US 38,000 are infected and its poor public health system is struggling. Trumpet ignored the matter until it became serious. Shame on him.
Today my state has 355 cases in a state of 5 million with no deaths. Not bad odds at this point.
Nevertheless I am fearful, not of death but of the shortages and the way people are behaving.