Chronicles from the Red Zone

Chronicles from the Red Zone

It took a global pandemic to have me write two articles in less than a month. Talk about silver linings!

Since today, the whole of Italy is defined as “protected area” by the government, which actually made me smile. Was it not protected before? Then I’m not sure why we have spent so much money on healthcare and the military over the years. Go figure.

We’re doing well for now, limiting the times of the day, or the actual days when we go out. Luckily I’m already not working during this time, thanks to being enrolled into a university program. I do feel worried, however, for the negative consequences to the part of the population that is most vulnerable right now, both phisically and economically. While we think we are a well-developed nations (mainly because we use the bidet regularly), there is still a lot of people who are not prepared to wither the storm.

I’ve got to say that I also managed to excellently time the market, and invest some savings into stock-based ETF right before the current ongoing stock crash. It sure is a good feeling to lose 18% of your money in just a few days, not even after a month you invested it. I know, I know. Passive investor and all of that. I know. I’m not selling, but I consider this an interesting test to my risk tolerance.

We all have skin in this game, whether or not we actually get affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. This pandemic is going to last for a while, and many countries who are downplaying this, are in for a hell of a ride. I’m also very curious, but not in a good way, about the effect that this will have in the United States, where everything seems to have gone the wrong way recently. With the 2020 elections approaching, shit’s about to hit the fan, and we are all downwind from it.

There’s a bright side: more time to stay at home. I’m not alone, and that is the most important thing. If this happened last year, while I was travelling every week, it would have been much more difficult for me. Today, I’m still happy, I’m still confident, and I still hate idiotic people who ignore what scientists and experts tell us to do. The virus gifted us with many hours to play video games. All things considered, not much has changed, so far.

We’re going to get through this. If I can have one wish, I just want that we, collectively, learn something from this experience, and become better people. Less individualistic, and more worried about how to give our next generation a better planet than what we inherited from the previous one.

All things considered, I hope something will change, this time.