We Will Overcome The Coronavirus And Falling Stock Market Because We’re Americans, Dammit!

We Will Overcome The Coronavirus And Falling Stock Market Because We’re Americans, Dammit!


By Jack Kelly

If you missed the 1,305th Democratic debate last night, you didn’t miss much. Let me qualify this statement, if you enjoy watching grown adults talking over each other, shouting, arguing, name calling and coming across like middle schoolers—then you missed out on some must-see TV. 

If you’re starting to regret not watching, I’ll distill down the essence of the evening: 

“Hey, you’re a jerk and stupid. No, I’m not you are!”  

Yup, that’s about it. 

Mini-Michael Bloomberg (I take exception to this nickname, as I’m vertically challenged) is just your average American dude. For anyone who watched him in the last two debates can attest to his common-man, friendly and outgoing approach. Who here hasn’t gotten heat for their stop-and-frisk program and repeatedly sued by women for cracking jokes that they didn’t get, which ends up with everyone signing nondisclosure agreements? See? The common man!

 Evidently, there are some people who take umbrage at elite multibillionaires. It’s been reported that Bloomberg’s campaign offices have been vandalized. His spokespeople have targeted Senator Bernie Sanders’ Bernie-bros as the culprits, even though there is no evidence to support this claim. Maybe it’s due to their reputation of being angry and misogynistic (my Twitter feed will be a disaster tonight). Six offices had graffiti spray-painted in large red letters with the saying “racist,” “sexist,” “eat the rich,” “corporate pig,” and “oligarch,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Yesterday, I wrote a piece (which sounds much classier than calling it an article) for Forbes.com about a heated dispute started in England over the topic of talking about sports in the office.  The gist of the piece was that some people claim that allowing too much sports talk can lead to making women feel isolated and left out of the conversation. The proponent of this idea claims that the men will go from conversations about football (yes, they call soccer football everywhere outside of the United States) to becoming full-on neanderthals discussing all sorts of manly stuff, which according to her include some nasty and rude conversations. There were a number of women who called her out saying that they enjoy playing, watching and discussing sports. They also say that it’s sexist to believe that women can’t participate in sports-related conversations.

Let’s put this aside for a moment. The bigger thing I took away from this controversy was that it makes sense for people to be well-rounded in the workplace. Forward-thinking, career-oriented workers should have a reasonable understanding and knowledge of sports, current events, politics, the economy, stock market, pop culture, music and other matters. A large part of getting ahead at work is to work well with everyone—up and down the hierarchy. If you have a wide array of knowledge, it makes it easier to start up conversations, join others in their discussions and offer your intelligent insights. You can make work friends more easily and avoid uncomfortable moments by offering a comment about what’s in the news. You will also be better at entertaining clients. With the ease in which you can follow news online, you can be an expert in anything within a short period of time.

Speaking of experts, it seems that everyone is a coronavirus expert. I’m a little peeved because I’ve been writing and talking about this virus for weeks and nobody seemed to really care. Now that it’s all over the news, I’m kind of bored of the topic. But nonetheless, I will intrepidly keep up with the news to keep you informed. 

The coronavirus outbreak is different from anything else we’ve seen. The virus is sort of like MERS and SARS—only worse. That seems logical as the third film in a trilogy is usually the worst. If you are just catching up to what’s going on, here’s a brief summary. 

The outbreak may or may not have been caused by Chinese people eating bats and other icky animals purchased at “wet markets” that sell any type of animal—alive or dead—for consumption. Some readers have asked about pictures because they don’t believe this. We’re including them below, but don’t look if you’re squeamish or have a heart and emotions. There are rumors that the virus leaked out of a laboratory or from a bioweaponry plant.

A bizarre and frightening sight is that China has shut down Wuhan—ground zero for the start of the outbreak—in a heavy-handed manner. Citizens have been locked into their homes, cities with millions of residents have been quarantined and there is a high degree of skepticism that the Chinese government is honestly and accurately reporting the amount of people affected and the death toll. We do know that it is rampantly spreading to other countries and claiming victims. 

There are some weird quirks too. Roughly 14% of patients who were supposedly recovered from the virus and discharged from hospitals in southern China’s Guangdong province were tested positive again in later checkups. 

“There is no clear conclusion on why it happens and whether such patients could still be infectious,” said Song Tie, deputy director of the Guangdong Centre of Disease Control And Prevention.

The U.S. and global stock markets have taken big hits as production in China has grounds to a near halt. Now that the mass media is worried, I’m not. The news almost always comes in late—and wrong. It always happens with the stock market. They ignore the meteoric rise in stocks—except when they want to bash the rich—but hyperfocus on it when they’re falling fast and hard.

We are a resilient bunch of people here in America. We’ve dealt with fighting world wars, the Great Depression and the 1980s music and clothes. We can stand up to anything and overcome it. Stocks may fall for a while. The hysteria over the coronavirus may reach a fever pitch, but don’t worry. Americans are resourceful. We have brilliant scientists who will find vaccines and cures. Eventually, this outbreak will get under control. Then, the economy, the stock and job market and life will go back to normal. 

Although we see our nation constantly bickering, we must all remember that we are all fighting for the same things—and ultimately, the same team.



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