The Corona Virus Story

There is so much news about the Corona Virus that I have to discuss it. But, it is a major crisis and has not been declared a disaster.

My opinion is that it’s a blessing in disguise. Anything that will get families and communities coming together throughout the nation is a blessing short of a miracle. One thinks about the time we had the great depression when we were rationed food and drink.

Now we have been ordered to stay at home which makes it difficult for some. If we run out of food or supplies we’re being asked to get it online. That’s fine for people who have computers or smart phones. The other half must somehow hunt or wait in line for stores to open.

The whole family is now quarantined in their homes. Whether it be a house, apartments or trailer home, it becomes difficult to deal with the children out of school and other older siblings out of a job with nothing to do.

Fortunately, we have a television for entertainment with all kinds of channels for every person’s interest and hobbies. After a while that becomes boring. With Netflix, Roku, Disney and many other venues I don’t see that boring. Because we’re staying at home, it has been predicted that we will have a Covid Baby boon nine months from now. (Look at the New York blackout back then). Also, we have video chats through Skype, facetime, Facebook and google hangouts to keep tabs with our jobs and just come together as a community.

If this continues, we will have to use our heads in order to survive. There is enough food and supplies for everybody because grocery stores, retail stores, factories and manufacturing plants are still operating at full strength. The workers are being checked constantly and taken care of. The government is helping out but we the people must start understanding the process of working together because we make the system work. Cooperation as it is going now must continue to serve us. We cannot panic because it’s not the end of the world. It’s like the long effect of a tornado or hurricane which is widespread.

In retrospect, the US government is providing money for the nation’s bank and unemployment agencies for those in need and those companies to keep the workers employed. The health department is working for a vaccine to counter the effects of the virus. People who have tested positive for the virus are being cleared and sent home. So, even if you get the virus, it doesn’t mean it’s a fatal thing. It depends on a person’s immune system and how they take care of themselves.

So, until the local government order to stay home is lifted, we need to keep   ourselves in good health. Drink plenty of water, eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Wash your hands in hot water if you leave the house and wash it again when you return. (by the way, the city water is still good. No need for bottled water) If you have a mask, wear it. If not, stay six feet from others outside your home. Use disinfectant when necessary around the home.

One last thing which I do. If you have Netflix watch the Standup comedians before you go to bed. They are hilarious. It keeps me in good humor.

Technology

I never knew the word technology existed until I received my first banana type cell phone. By that time, I was introduced to Radio Shack computers by my wife who was teaching Chapter I students using computers and actually programing them for the entire class using floppy disks.

I tried to get into the game by getting a small computer which had a small printer with 3 inch paper. It didn’t work. All the computers at that time had a screen with green letters and figures with no printer.

My TV was black and white and Going back in time I realized that changes were coming. I was used to the radio and record white and I didn’t get a color TV until 1980 and that was because of the price. I knew in 1959 that color TV was in vogue and everybody didn’t necessarily have one. The TV crazed started with a small TV which could stand on top of a shelf or bookcase. It had a round screen which later turned into a rectangular screen. Like I said, not everybody had color TV so they developed a plastic sheet with blue on top signifying blue skies and green at the bottom for green grass. We would put it in front of the black and white screen and viola, color TV. Later the TV changed to include a record player and radio on the side and used as furniture. It has kept changing with times from portable to what it is now, wall to wall flat screen. 3D? Wow!

The radio went from an electronic set that you could put together as a project to furniture piece with s dial which you could change frequencies. Depending on your income, in large or small. In the 50’s they made it portable and encased in plastic and had AM and FM frequencies. Then it changed to transistor radios which you can carry and placed next to your ears to hear. Later we had Japanese radios with headphones. Right after that came portable radios with cassette players. As ridiculous as it sounds, we had boom boxes which was carried on the shoulders. Now we have stereo radios with cassette and CD players. By the way, record players are making a comeback. I have one in my office. I still have my LP records.

I finally got my first personal computer from Gateway. Included was a printer and a monitor. Thank goodness for Windows. I became a whiz for typing stuff up. I did not have internet at that time until somebody told me about internet and that started a new probe into information gathering which was new at the time. Email for me came later. Again, not everybody had a computer.

Our telephone system changed drastically. Originally we had operator assisted calls. The numbers for every call went with two letters. It was WA for WAlnut and PE for PErshing. Long distance calls went through an operator and you’re lucky if you didn’t have a party line where you shared the line with other people. The phone itself change from table top to wall phone and was rotary dialed and later to digital. Later they changed the letters to area codes throughout the united states.

When we got our first cell phones we still had our landline with Southern Bell telephone company. We only use the cell when we went out. It was difficult because there was no handy way to carry it. It was close to a foot long and two inches wide. Later a flip type phone became available and we bought one with the numbers that we could punched to dial out. When Apple came out with the flip top phone with difference applications (Aps) on, I hesitated to get one because I didn’t know how long the trend would last. Surprised! It’s still here, however, they added a screen to it and called it an IPhone.

So now I can put all my entertainment in a cell phone or my computer. For example, I can download music from several Aps, see who I’m calling, gather information through the internet and have a conversation with ten or fifteen people at the same time and see when they’re talking. I can use Bluetooth to send my music to a loud speaker. I can send text messages, pictures and email from my phone. If I want to talk with family members, I use Facebook messenger. If I want to talk with my Knights of Columbus group I use Zoom and If I want to hear and participate in a webinar as opposed to a seminar but on the internet, I use Drop Box. For working with Red Cross, I use Microsoft Teams. These are Aps which are downloaded. One good thing. They are all synchronized with my Fire Tablet. I can be away from home and have access to a wifi, I can access everything. Hello Star Trek. We’re here!

Isn’t. life grand