This virus is essentially a hyper-variant of the Hurricane dilemma we see in Florida every season.
You see it out there, you know the probable forecast track, but right now it’s sunny and beautiful outside. Do I really need to take time off from work, put up the shutters and bring in all the furniture and make sure I have fuel and supplies if we lose power, and make sure my extended family and employees are taken care of? It’s a lot of work and annoying.
What if it turns? The model obviously becomes more accurate the closer it is. But even then, it can wobble and be nothing or wobble and be a steamroller.
So people wait and see. If it turns away, then you hear “I told you it was nothing”, if it comes directly at you, preparing or trying to evacuate while the storm bands are rolling in and is imminent is terrible.
A lot of this philosophy is akin to preparing for the virus. Substitute a few words, it’s a natural disaster mad lib.
It’s there, we really just don’t know the full impact. (Hopefully we look back one day and say it was not a big deal)
The safe play for hurricanes is to prepare ahead of time when the storm is there, but not imminently upon you (or in this case don’t wait until all of your co-workers, friends and relatives are sick, and the government shuts down everything to figure out what to do.)
Prepare now while it is still sunny outside, so to speak.
We see it coming and what is happening, and things are being cancelled from bigger to smaller. People are stockpiling just like in hurricanes. Some of it might be panic driven, but the systematic shutdown of things for the short term is reality. We are not at full quarantine house confinement yet, but nobody can be certain that’s not a possibility.
I’m treating this as my shot to get ready while the storm is still out in the middle of the Atlantic 3-5 days away and keep hoping it veers north away from land.
And personally, every storm that heads toward Florida, I’d rather look the fool by being overly cautious, and it never comes, than to have had ample chance to prepare, but had done nothing and regret it.
I prefer to be cautious, but I don’t know the right answer and am not telling anyone what they should do. I am not going to cite statistics or links or talk politics.
I am just doing what I think is best for my family and employees.
Lastly, as a Florida player, while I really would love to see the IFPA worlds occur and have a chance to play with the best in the side events, I’m not overly optimistic about it happening in May.