We passed a million cases of COVID-19 worldwide today. The US has something like 230,000 cases, twice as many as any other country. Governor Shotgun finally issued a shelter-in-place order for the state of Georgia, which is supposed to take effect tomorrow.
Six million more people filed for unemployment this week, making about ten million in all. I expect there to be more next week. My husband said that people weren't able to file because the system is jammed up, so there will certainly be more. He also said we are currently at about 10% unemployment, when it was 3.6% a month ago.
During the Great Depression, unemployment was 25%. We aren't there yet. I don't know what barriers stand between here and there, though.
I got seeds I ordered in the mail, and my son and I went over to tend our plots in the community garden. I spoke to a live human being in person who doesn't live in the same house with me, in the form of our neighbor who lives next door to the community garden. She offered me some of her extra plants after she parcels what she has out to the people who asked for them already....from a polite distance.
I am in a cooking mood. Chicken and broccoli with cheese in the crock pot, potatoes and turnips roasted in the oven, and low-carb chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies. I have greens in the refrigerator and some I just picked out of the garden (from some I planted too late in the fall, but which have sprung up as the days got warmer).
Everyone seems to be settling in like we are expecting more disruption, not less. Lots of people are planting gardens in case shipping breaks down. (I had to wait for my seed order because they were backed up). People are talking about getting chickens. (I want chickens...) People are baking bread...with sourdough starter, because it's hard to find yeast all of a sudden.
There haven't been shortages of produce, but since it's unlikely that migrant workers are going to show up this year unless something changes...that might not continue. There are a bunch of people suddenly unemployed who might pick the crops...but Americans generally won't put up with the awful working conditions. Nor should they. Nor should anyone. If nothing else good comes out of this situation, maybe some of that will get changed.
I know the worst hasn't happened yet. I'm ok for now, but the waiting is strangely and deceptively peaceful.
Thursday, April 2, 2020
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