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Old 03-16-2020, 04:43 PM   #21
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I don't see any negative long term impact to travel, including cruises once this passes. There will be some massive pent up demand. Now the financial hardships these industries will experience in the near term will be unprecedented.

If you've lived in a city that has experienced a natural disaster, some of the experience is very very similar.

Glued to TV/internet for updates, concern about basic supplies, people hoarding, work being seriously disrupted, not knowing when things will improve etc.

Then things return to normal. The difference here is the scale, not so much the severity IMO.
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Old 03-16-2020, 04:44 PM   #22
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Pornhub has made premium content free for everyone under lock down in Italy.

https://www.indy100.com/article/porn...ckdown-9402241
I predict lots of new bambinos approximately nine months from now.
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Old 03-16-2020, 04:45 PM   #23
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Or, I should add, large increase in number of death-grip syndrome cases.
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Old 03-16-2020, 04:48 PM   #24
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Permanent temperature checks / improved health screening standards / more stringent travel requirements at airports would work for me.
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Old 03-16-2020, 04:54 PM   #25
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There will be a huge spike in prepers.
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I'm hoping for big changes to the funding of pro sports.

Half a billion dollars spent on a hockey arena would look mighty fine supporting our healthcare instead.
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I'm hoping for big changes to the funding of pro sports.

Half a billion dollars spent on a hockey arena would look mighty fine supporting our healthcare instead.
It's not much in terms of solving healthcare. Half a billion over how many years?
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Old 03-16-2020, 05:23 PM   #28
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Could be armageddon for small businesses in North America, especially restaurants. If the world shuts down for 2+ months, a lot of these will never come back.
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Old 03-16-2020, 05:30 PM   #29
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A lot of restaurants here are quickly stepping up their to go game. I'm impressed how quickly they've set up online ordering, curbside delivery and nice presentation of their to go meals. I would guess some of the ones doing it well will keep it going.
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It's not much in terms of solving healthcare. Half a billion over how many years?
I'm not suggesting half a bill would "solve" healthcare, I'm suggesting it might be able to buy respirators, masks, beds, IV bags and solution etc...

Or help buy a billionaire's hockey franchise a new building while he commits to spending the bare freaking minimum on the support staff.

I'm really hoping this crisis helps more people see what's truely important.
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Old 03-16-2020, 05:42 PM   #31
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Seeing some in-theater movies being offered for streaming rental, maybe this will shift that to be a permanent thing?
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Old 03-16-2020, 05:44 PM   #32
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In general, change is the norm, and humans a very adaptable to change. Change has accelerated so much over the past 10 years, that the present threats to health and wealth is just the climax of that change.

In my experience there is always something good that comes out of the bad. I think the pace of life will slow down for most people, and they will learn to enjoy the beauty of many things they took for granted.

I see a possible rejuvenation of our morals and ethics, where people are more aware that we are all connected, and that for every right, we have a corresponding responsibility. I'm just totally impressed with the front line workers that are sacrificing their lives to help the sick. That proves to me there is a higher destiny for humankind.

As for specific changes, mentioned by the op, the only thing that comes to mind is that it becomes more acceptable for people to work at home via computers.
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I often thought I would live to see days like these, but I assumed it would because of climate change, not a virus pandemic.
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I could see more working from home for industries where that’s feasible.

Cruising will likely take a short term hit, and some of the smaller lines might go under. It’ll likely come back though. I personally don’t have interest in going cruising again.

I also see doomsday preppers becoming a bit more common, and especially a spike in gun and ammo purchases unfortunately.
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Old 03-16-2020, 06:02 PM   #35
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I hope this has been a wake up call on how much we use technology and taking it for granted, namely phones.

I've observed many people that have gotten bored of looking at their phone all day and don't know what to do with their lives.

Spend time with your kids, dogs, play games, READ A BOOK.

COVID-19 can get us all down but we can at least use the extra time to strengthen ourselves.
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Old 03-16-2020, 06:03 PM   #36
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I often thought I would live to see days like these, but I assumed it would because of climate change, not a virus pandemic.
The Extinction Rebellion people are probably all trying to figure out how to get people to pay attention to them right about now. "Don't forget us! We have a crisis too!"
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Old 03-16-2020, 06:11 PM   #37
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Before: my freezer was full of wild game and both my children were in school

After: my freezer will be nearly empty and my insane 4 year old daughter reigns supreme. My son didn’t survive the great what to watch on Netflix battle of May 2020, he will he missed but alas he dropped his guard.
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Old 03-16-2020, 06:14 PM   #38
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I wonder how small business is going to survive after this is over. I expect to see a lot of bankruptcies.

Human beings are creature of habit and I suspect they will go back to their normal way of life.
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Old 03-16-2020, 06:24 PM   #39
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I don't see the bush meat industry changing all that much. People don't go into the forest to eat weird animals when they have a bunch of other options. A large part of the world's most impoverished will continue to need to survive on bush meat. The idea that humans will stop coming into contact with wild animals is very wishful thinking.
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I'd hope it would teach people to have a rainy day fund and live within their means. But probably not.
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