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Mary Poppins and COVID-19

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I was watching Mary Poppins Returns again recently when I noticed something I hadn’t before.  Toward the end of the movie, Wilkins – aka the wolf aka Colin Firth – says something like

“Who would’ve thought the Slump would be so good for business?”

He’s referring to the Great Depression here, (in England they called it The Great Slump), but I couldn’t help but think that this also applies to the current global pandemic.  Throughout the past four or so months, America’s problems have been amplified.  One of these problems is that the rich accumulate more wealth while the poor live paycheck to paycheck.  We need to reopen business so that people can return to work.  In order to do that, however, we need to get the virus under control.  This includes more testing so that we can figure out who has COVID-19 and who doesn’t.  It also includes wearing masks and social distancing so that the virus doesn’t spread any further.

Until we have adequate testing and everyone wears a mask and practices social distancing – how wearing a mask became a political issue I will never understand – or better yet, someone somewhere comes up with a vaccine, people will need to stay at home.  And if they don’t have the luxury of working from home, they’re not making money.  Which is why we need another stimulus package.  Or else the rich keep getting richer while the poor continue to suffer.

Other countries like New Zealand and Germany have been able open schools and get back to somewhat normal, but that’s because they have COVID-19 under control.  So, America needs to get it under control.  In order to do that, we need to take care of people until they can safely return to work.

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