“This, too, shall pass…” said my neighbor, Bill Chernish, who flies for Southwest Airlines. His industry is unusually battered by the coronavirus pandemic. His serene, forward-looking view is refreshing amidst the fear seen everywhere you look.
Despite his calm, turmoil is widespread. Some hotels are are operating at only 10% occupancy. Numerous reports put airlines seats as one third to two thirds empty, a far cry from the nearly-or-every-seat-taken experience of recent years. Woes of the lodging and transportation industries are matched by many others.
For everyone around the globe, the word “coronavirus” — or the clumsier “Covid-19” disease it causes — remains the major topic of conversation. Rarely has the globe seen one theme so thoroughly dominate all the peoples of the planet. What comes next?
I have no crystal ball, but comments on social media brightened my outlook. Perhaps you can feel similarly.[Read more…]