This will end. But it's not going to end at once. It ends when we get all the ventilators we need. It ends when we get gloves and masks. It ends when we can test everyone, if you feel sick. It ends when you have enough people who are healthy or recovered so they can get out and start demand again.
Right now we have Washington trying hard to keep people at work and save small business and give some liquidity to large businesses. That's going to happen. As many companies as possible will be saved by the government. I think that we are a great country and even our leaders know that they cannot let us own. I say "even our leaders," because it is an election year and it is easy to be partisan after being nothing but partisan.
But we need demand.
We need demand from real people and they have to be healthy enough to shop an eat and go out to events.
That can't happen, though, until there are enough ventilators and enough tests so that the testers are bored, because so many people have already been tested.
We have to do this because we need hope. I hear way too much gloom. I read this weekend that the highest ranking New Jersey health official said we are all going to get it. Thanks for that. I think our goal is to not get it. But if we listen to that official, we should go lick doorknobs and get this over with.
I hear that other people are saying this could last until the late summer or maybe fall.
The worst? I hear that the totalitarian state that is the People's Republic of China could solve it, because it is easy to intrude on freedom there and we can't.
That's nonsense. That's the kind of thing we heard about in World War II, that they were superior soldiers and we can't win. Can you imagine if we let those naysayers have their way? We are Americans. We may be an unruly democracy, but we can get this right. We do need to enforce social distancing. I still see the frolickers out in Brooklyn and we wonder why it's the epicenter of the epidemic. I despise defeatists, which means I despise a lot of people.
Here's what I want to do. I want to set a date, a realistic date, perhaps June 6, D-Day, where we re-open for business. What does re-open look like? Well, it's a little odd. First, we quarantine everyone over 65. They cannot go out. They have everything they need brought to them. If we have a date, then the people who are making ventilators have urgency. Same with those who make gowns and masks.
In the meantime, have convenient testing everywhere. Parks, Parking lots, whatever. If you test negative you get a badge lasts a week and then you get re-tested.
If you test positive, you start a course of Hydroxy-Chloroquine and you go home. And you get better. And you get your badge. If you don't get better, you can go to the hospital and know there is a ventilator.
Hey, we inspect cars. Let's inspect people. And have a drug that looks like it only works if you catch the virus early.
Once you get the badge get gloves. Get masks. Go out. Spend money. Restaurants are harder. We can practice table social distancing, though. Unless you just want to pick up. That puts money into the hands of the company when they get to the workers.
I think that if we had a realistic date, we would at least have something to look forward to. If we have a date, it forces all the equipment people and the medical people work around the clock until we land.
That's all I have for now. Much more to come. But June 6, 2020 is our launch date.