Chase McMaster talks Coronavirus / COVID-19
A note from Chase McMaster to his staff regarding Coronavirus COVID-19
I feel like its time to talk Corona COVID-19 since there’s so much panic and/or false reassurance. As your leader I try to stay plugged in to anything that could effect our well being. Initially it seemed like media hysteria that would die down so I didn’t take it as seriously. After China shut down over it, which I consider to be the hardest working at-any-cost-country, I set CDC to my home page and read non-media garbage news every morning. Don’t buy the “only 3.4%” crap without thinking it through, 3% of 1 million is still 30,000. There’s been 113.5k confirmed cases and 3,995 deaths (as I am typing this). Ebola, the big scary compared virus has killed 13,562 people since 1976 with only 33,577 infected. We’re coming up on that number FAST and it’s only been a couple months. It’s spreading MUCH faster than Ebola, SARS, and MERS combined.
With as much history as we know, it tends to repeat itself. Most people are reactors not responders. Little to no pragmatic action. Doctors who dealt with Ebola, Swine, and H1N1 said media will continue to sway the public to not worry and that everything is fine. Then when the virus actually gets bad it causes a bigger hysteria, more actual illnesses, and the medical facilities are completely unprepared. This is exactly whats happening now.
Most big corps are having their team work remote for March or until the US “gets it under control”. SXSW shut it down which is huge, it’s an endless list of shut downs. This is officially a big deal, medically warranted or not. There are no Alabama cases currently which is solid for us. According to the death statistics, all of us probably wouldn’t die since we’re reasonably healthy people. ANY incoming shipments I am going to change the policies on. I will have that by the end of the day.
Where it does potentially effect us is the economy. Our sales haven’t let up but as this virus makes its way downtown, walkin fast…it could really mess with the economy. These shut downs are creating big losses for companies and it could spiral into something worse. Our customers work for a lot of these companies so who knows what the trickle down effect will be. I can’t predict that. Overall I am optimistic and think it if we do see a hit, it will be marginal and won’t effect any of our paychecks…just overall company profits. If all hell breaks loose…we stick together and we survive.
In the mean time lets stay productive and follow the preventative measures. I attached some of where I am getting my info below plus CDC’s avoidance guide.
Live COVID-19 tracker, it seems like 10-20 new cases pop up an hour
3 docs who dealt with Ebola, Swine, and H1N1
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
• Wash your hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
• If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
• Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
1) CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
2) Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Written by Chase McMaster