It has been nearly three months since the MatchLIDProject started its support of small businesses restaurants. As of today, June 8, 2020 most states have opened up for business allowing the restaurant sector to provide limited dine in service.
States and Federal governments have outlined phases for coping with COVID-19 Pandemic for the eventual reopening of businesses shuttered by stay at home policies. Health officials across the nation continue to warn of the potential for a second and third wave of the disease in late 2020 and early 2021.
Tonight, there are nearly 111,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19 virus in the US and about 2 million confirmed reported. Data from Google searches on intestinal problems compared from October 2018 to October 2019 in China shows a spike that may confirm the virus’ earlier existence.
Since January 2020, the heroic efforts of medical and emergency personnel, volunteers and numerous essential workers continue to perform a routine of work of delivering goods and services despite of dangers to themselves.
Meanwhile, the US economy underwent a dramatic downturn with unemployment now back at a post-World War II high of 13.3%. The stock market has over the past 50 days climbed back to it’s pre-March 13 point before it crashed. The rise may have been a reflection of the $3T (trillion) dollar federal stimulus and news on June 5, 2020 that payroll employment grew unexpectedly by 2.5M jobs in May 2020. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) it is still all based on a limited resumption of economic activity.
As if the good news, bad news over the last three months were all the American people had to deal with, then came the bend at the intersection. Remember, the intersection being described is that place where the sports world met the pandemic world in March 2020. All to be discussed in Part 2 of this continuing blog.
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd of Minneapolis, MN died while being retained and restrained by officers of the Minneapolis Police Department. The event captured on video showed for the world to see the last 8 minutes and 46 seconds of his life. He was a black man who died at the hands of at least one white MPD officer. Killed by a bended knee held against the man’s neck.
The Floyd death was preceded during this same pandemic timeframe by the death of Breonna Taylor in her Louisville, KY home by mistaken police action and the death of Ahmed Arbery in GA which was documented on smartphone video, then virally released by one of the accused and charged suspects.
In the days since Floyd’s death on Memorial Day 2020 there has been growing public street protests both nationally and internationally. The phased in reopening in many US major cities have been held in abeyance due to curfews as a result of rioting.
None of this has been reflected by the BLS as cherry good news about the month of May. For instance, nearly 230 small businesses have been closed by looting and damage in Washington DC during the rioting. Nearly 300 small store front businesses were listed in the Minneapolis Star Tribune as suffering the same fate. The toll is now being counted in numerous cities across all 50 states. Many of these new causalities are restaurants including owners, their employees, suppliers and customers.
The stock market continues its rise fueled in part by a sugar high federal stimulus.
Carry out, or sidewalk dining from the local city restaurants? Hardly, since some have burned to the ground or have been looted. Indeed, a very cruel twist of fate to these small businesses.
Public health officials now have more reason to worry as hundreds of thousands of Americans took to the streets to protest, in support of a variety of long-standing racial issues, generally congealed under the Black Lives Matter movement.
Many youthful protesters clad with masks say they know the risk involved but would rather take their chances here exercising their rights in the streets.
Opposite them are thousands of municipal local and state police officers, state militia (as in the National Guard) and in some areas, such as the federal district of the District of Columbia, federal troops from the armed services and the Justice Department.
Part 2, Bending the Intersection – continues in a follow-on blog. In it will be proposed a tongue in cheek theorem/hypothesis, the Law of Organic Viral Resonance. It just might help redefine gravity.
So, its hats off to Sir Isaac Newton for his role in this science. Newton’s Law of Gravity being applied to today’s pull and tug of directional movements around the pandemic modified by, you guessed it, the Organic Viral Resonance.
Stay tuned, stay safe and cover before striking.