National Pandemic

How COVID-19 spells the end of the American era

... and how this affects our economic and real estate recovery
By Constantine Valhouli  |  August 9, 2020 9:18 AM

Photo credit: Constantine A. Valhouli

Over at Rolling Stone, Wade Davis gave a thoughtful and well-researched take on the long road which brought us to where we are today.

A few lines stand out, even days later.

Among them this one: "As companies eliminate or downsize central offices, employees work from home, restaurants close, shopping malls shutter, streaming brings entertainment and sporting events into the home, and airline travel becomes ever more problematic and miserable, people will adapt, as we’ve always done. Fluidity of memory and a capacity to forget is perhaps the most haunting trait of our species. As history confirms, it allows us to come to terms with any degree of social, moral, or environmental degradation."

And this one: "COVID-19 didn’t lay America low; it simply revealed what had long been forsaken. As the crisis unfolded, with another American dying every minute of every day, a country that once turned out fighter planes by the hour could not manage to produce the paper masks or cotton swabs essential for tracking the disease. The nation that defeated smallpox and polio, and led the world for generations in medical innovation and discovery, was reduced to a laughing stock as a buffoon of a president advocated the use of household disinfectants as a treatment for a disease that intellectually he could not begin to understand."

Well worth the read.