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People over Profits

Recently, I wrote about how companies who historically did not support work-from-home policies had begun putting them into place as a result of COVID-19 (aka the coronavirus), and how that was a good thing. I wrote that I hoped companies would realize the measures they put in place out of fear could work just as well in the absence of it.

I wasn't personally afraid, or even mildly concerned, about COVID-19 last week.

But a lot has changed since then.

The world's wake-up call likely happened when the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Concerned about how fast the virus is spreading, the WHO labelled COVID-19 a pandemic, "to shock lethargic countries into pulling out all the stops" in order to contain its spread.

Following the declaration, governments around the world have responded with various quarantine and "social distancing" measures:

* Italy has quarantined its population of 60 million; residents are, "not permitted to travel outside areas where they live unless they can prove they are doing so for medical reasons, a work-related need or an emergency or because they are returning home. Large gatherings and outdoor events, including sports, have been banned, while bars and restaurants will have to close by dusk. Schools and universities will also be closed."

* US President Donald Trump just instituted a 30-day travel ban on 26 European countries, drawing the ire of European leaders who correctly point out that COVID-19, "is a global crisis, not limited to any continent and it requires cooperation rather than unilateral action." Right idea, wrong execution.

* California Governor Gavin Newsom