Quoted from CrazyLevi:
Am I wrong in assuming that by this point, everybody knows someone who is dead, dying, or miserable with Covid? I don’t know anybody who has died but plenty of friends/relatives of friends.
My workhorse editor at White River (publisher of several railroad enthusiast magazines) was complaining of "some kind of funk like he had never known" back in February. It actually affected several pieces and deadlines we were working on, and I'd not known anything like that in the almost 10 years I've worked with him. He was born in 1965, so not quite in the high risk group, but close. And now I have to wonder... it was actually scary for a while back then, and if he *didn't* have it then, I can't imagine what would happen if he got it now.
And as I type this I am working from home on critical scheduled IT infrastructure changes for my job, leaving my wife to take my kids to the drive-by memorial for one of their more beloved teachers, who passed away from Covid-19 induced complications just a few days ago. The schools shut down only a month ago; they've opened up the parking lot for this memorial. It's pretty tragic.
Granted, both are not "close relative" relations as far as those things go, so I've been fortunate in that respect thus far. And yet... my 80yo father in law has severe COPD; we thought we were losing him a couple weeks back when we found out my niece decided "yay I'm an invincible 20-something dumbass" and went on spring break - albeit cutting it short. His wife called us in a panic having to rush him to that oh-so-wonderful rural care. He recovered, they are both basically hostage there on their farm. Since my wife and I are both essential and have to check in with our respective offices at times, also and shop for our own household... we basically can't go anywhere near them until.... well when, exactly, is anyone's guess. If he has another flareup and doesn't make it, it will suck horribly.
The more flippant "it's the economy, stupid... I'm young and invincible so yeehaw murica motherfukcer" people in all this really piss me off.