Realistically I think we are just going to have to get on with this. I was reading a report today that hundreds of thousands of children could die of hunger because they have no school meals in the 3rd world which are essential for their survival. We have a massive surge in unemployment all over the world. Millions of people will undoubtedly drop below the poverty line, undoing the last 10 and more years of great change.
I was also reading today that on that US battleship that 60% of the crew who tested positive for COVD-19 had no symptoms. If that applies to the world at large then millions more people are carrying this disease. Let’s say 5 million carriers. No actually let’s say 7 million because it’s easier maths
. That’s .1 percent of the global population. And it may be many many more. Two of my sisters and my niece had it - almost certainly - but they weren’t tested and so don’t appear in the numbers. And they’ve since recovered. The cases we are seeing in hospitals and nursing homes are a deadly fraction of this disease. Isolate the vulnerable. Of course. And we are not doing a very good job of that. But What we are doing right now is causing hunger, poverty and who knows what else could follow from collapsed economies. Unrest, war, famine?
I agree that it’s absolutely awful that hundreds of thousands of people will die. And what an incredibly difficult choice it is between older people who have health problems possibly (hopefully) in their twilight years against children in poverty who will die of hunger... well these are difficult decisions.
Is it really possible to eradicate this disease? Probably not, not globally at least. And the moment we open up borders and go back to work the disease will surely spread again. Then what? Lockdown again? Until a vaccine appears? Which could be 18 months?
In the 14th century the Black Death killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide. 60% of Europe’s population perished. Coronavirus is not the Black Death.
I do find the whole thing a bit extraordinary. It’s difficult but it is what it is. I feel very sorry for those who have lost loved ones. And I am very concerned for the older members of my family. But the consequences of a lockdown with no end in sight has major consequences too and will cause many more people to die who never got the virus.
I personally do not fear the disease and I don’t fear death. I expect that I will get the disease but I probably won’t die from it. But I will die, that is an inescapable fact of life! If you love life and live every day to the best of your ability, then there is nothing to fear.
Anyway I’m back in my pad. I was isolated down the lake but one morning while having breakfast in my underpants, a police boat came looking for me. Someone had reported me - undoubtedly an Orang Asli (which is fine). In two weeks I saw two other boats. The police were very nice and actually apologised but told I couldn’t be there (I really need to move to a sailing boat and fish the oceans!). I had a backup plan of parking my boat next to a friend’s island resort and the police told me that was a great idea and that would be acceptable. But it made going fishing impossible.
Well the Internet at Steve’s island was even worse than where I was. We didn’t have any rod sales for about three weeks, but this week I took four confirmed orders, possibly a fifth and two blanks. So I’ve made the decision to move home for the next 10 days (lockdown here might be loosened on the 28th - we shall see) which means I’ll have proper Internet again and I can keep this unexpected ball rolling.
I have a lot of projects for Sexyloops and have another website to build for Belum Fly Fishing. If lockdown is extended again I’ll head back to the Battleship - it’s much nicer looking at the stars, the jungle (saw seven elephants swimming a few evenings ago!) and the weather. It was nice to spend 3 weeks alone doing my own thing. But now I have to work
Going to catch up with the rest of the Board now. Nice to be back here!! Hope that you are all well and enjoying your space.