Been there, done that.
Aside from what you learned from the adults during your youngest years; at some point going forward you establish your own "learning curve". Tis not always so much of the "been there, done that", but what in the hell did you learn from the experience. This is paramount, if you desire to have a meaningful, long term positive total return on your investments, and the reason this forum exists. The widely know statement of " keep doing the same thing and expect different results" applies to most areas of living.
The above brings me to the harshest of judgments and desire. Those who still retain the idea that, "it is just like the flu" mindset need to have the "been there, done that" experience. The big "head slap" is apparently the only solution to help with their learning curve. If this learning does not occur, and the cases continue to increase; the point will arrive when I can not obtain a test (no supplies), or turn around results won't be available for more than two weeks, or that the ICU is full and much of the stuff is infected and not at work, or that I will be on a check off list of who is or is not treated because of age and probable survival rate.
The denial of Covid's seriousness remains at the top of the U.S. government and the other "followers". I find no reason to discover a change in this status. The economic impact and related has been fully discussed here and I won't add to those. However, the ultimate economic impact is death of the citizens, the complications for affected families and all of the ongoing physical impairments that may linger for years.
Below is one of my early years, "been there, done that" experiences. I still remember the first vaccine injection at the school gymnasium and the two follow-ups being sugar cubes with the "pink" vaccine dot.
The below link is part 1 of 4 (none longer than 15 minutes). The right edge of this page will provide clickable links for the remainder of the parts, BUT the next part does AUTO start, after the previous part is complete. Polio, 1950's.....
There will be those here who are not pleased with what I have written. Since 2011, I have seldom posted outside of the "investment related box". But, this is indeed investment related, too.
Lastly, I can barely conceive the "verbal spew" that continues from D.C. when the health and welfare of this country should be the overwhelming concern. Thus, my desire for those in need of a "head slap"; to have the experience.
Yes, the learning curve has arrived from the past 10 days to a few I know. They've become believers.
Take care of you and yours,