Monday Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown ordered through Executive Action that all “Non-essential” Oregon workers, those not shopping for food, or seeking medical attention, stay home or face arrest for a misdemeanor. Through consultation with Portland’s Mayor Ted Wheeler on Friday it was only an encouraged to state home request, but with the strong influx of persons coming to Oregon for what people think is “Spring Break” Brown took action to make it a crime to be out and about without one of the aforementioned reasons.
With the world’s COVID19 infection topping 360k and deaths running at about 3% of that number worldwide, people are fearful. Wuhan, China where the virus first originated has not reported a new case for a few days and has a sharp reduction of those infected. According to Chinese media they are beating the virus back, whereas in Italy the virus is 20% fatal and Doctors have stopped giving some assistance to patients with the virus who are over 60, saying that it is a waste of resources, given the high mortality rate of those in the age range who die.
With Non-essential businesses closing, and people staying home the Oregon economy could face collapse, The St. Louis Fed has said that Unemployment could top 30% and the GDP could be down 50% before this is all over. With Senate Democrats stalling for more abortion funding, and less protection for large corporations, and Republicans not wanting long term funding for Planned Parenthood stuck into a bill designed to protect the average American, they seem at an impasse.
Speaking with younger generations has opened my eyes, their need for social interaction has been overriding their basic survival instincts. Us older people, understand what it is like to spend time reading a book or to spend time with even our own thoughts as company, I think this will be painful for younger generations who are not used to being immediately satisfied by the steady stream of whatever they want apps and having everything done for them. This is a drawback to a long gone era, a time when people stayed home and spent time with each other because there was no internet, and we had go outside and turn the T.V. Antenna to get the best reception on the one of three stations we could watch. Where kids came home when the street lights came on, and not until then, where our lives were planned around whats on tonight? We are all home with each other again.
Written by Stephan Ball