They'll also help you feel less isolated.
We're living in a weird, sad, and eventful time. What initially looked to be a potential and distant threat has come sharply into focus, and all of our lives are impacted. Working from home has become the new norm, Zoom happy hours have replaced hanging out with friends, schools have done away with graduation ceremonies, populated areas have become ghost towns, and hospitals are overwhelmed. The novel coronavirus, formally known as COVID-19, has changed everything for every one of us, and it doesn't look as though circumstances are going to change anytime soon.
We're also receiving information from all sides—our phones, our TVs, our friends and family—and it can be hard to parse through the fear and uncertainty to get valid and useful information. Luckily, there are several thoughtful, well-executed, fact-checked podcast episodes that, as a bonus, will make you feel less alone—like you're talking to your most knowledgable friend. These ten podcast episodes will answer a lot of your big questions, from how it'll impact the presidential election to how we're going to move forward as a society.
Fig: "Before the president’s comments, New York Post columnist Betsy McCaughey wrote an article, “We didn’t have to have ventilator shortage — leaders chose not to prep for pandemic.” In the piece,McCaughey cited the Task Force on Life and the Law’s analysis of New York's ventilator stockpile. “In 2015, the state could have purchased the additional 16,000 needed ventilators for $36,000 apiece, or a total of $576 million. It’s a lot of money, but in hindsight, spending half a percent of the budget to prepare for a pandemic was the right thing to do,” McCaughey writes." Really? Then why didn't the State buy the ventilators when the article clearly identified there would be a crucial need for many more than was available? Was it a matter of "THAT" 1/2 of 1 percent of the state budget being spent on something else...if so, what? Was it a decision by the State of NY to roll the dice on the health and welfare of ITS citizens to save 1/2 of 1 percent of the budget and "hope" the Federal Government would bail them out?