Why Lockdowns aren’t great for everyone.

You know that normally I don’t write extensively about politics or controversial current events here because I want my blog to be a little bit like a safe space from controversy or stressful things. I may mention them in passing but I don’t like to dwell on them. Today I’m breaking my rule and yeah, I might regret it, but talking about current events won’t be a regular thing here. Also, I don’t consider this post political because I’m not referencing political parties when I write this. This also isn’t written to attack anyone but to try to make us all think beyond our own situations.

I hesitated writing this post because I know people both in the real and virtual world, so to speak, who support locking down the country, or at least their states, to stop the spread of COVID. I understand why they support lockdowns and I am not totally against lockdowns. I am not an anti-masker either. I wear my mask in public, to stores, church, etc. I want to make those clarifications first. You know, before anyone accuses me of being any of these things (but I know my bloggy friends wouldn’t because you all are awesome and usually understand where I am coming from.).

What I have been thinking about is how we all tend not to think of the bigger picture when we support various actions or mandates or whatever, no matter when it is made.

And I hope you read “we all.”

I do it too. So when the lockdown came in March I was like “Yeah, I get it. Let’s go. We can do this.” I understood we needed to” flatten the curve”, or whatever each person was calling it at the time. I understood it could be for a month or more. I accepted that.

A month or more. Maybe two months. That’s what we were originally told by the task force or whoever was rambling on a particular day.

We are now in our ninth month of various restrictions to “flatten the curve.” I didn’t know it would go this long, as many of us didn’t, but okay, this is where we are at, so we deal with it.

I’m not going to discusss any specifics about the virus such as recovery/survivable rate and all of that because that creates a lot of heated discussions and feelings.

What I am going to write about is how lockdowns have a ripple effect on the rest of society and the economy and how, while they can help and are sometimes warranted, they aren’t good for everyone.

Maybe you are among those who think, “Well, shutting down bars and restaurants is needed because that’s where people are sitting close and can spread the virus.”

And okay, so bars and restaurants are closed. It’s fine, right? I mean, maybe some of those business owners can’t make ends meet and end up closing their doors and they have to find a new career and until then the government will help them, right? It’s sad, right, but it’s only a few business, a few lives changed, a few worlds flipped upside down. It’s for the greater good, right?

Sure it is. We have to think of the more vulnerable in society who might get a virus and might get really sick. Right?

Sadly, there is no might for many of these business owners when a governor tells them, many times at the last minute, to close their doors. There is fact. The fact is that if they don’t have money coming in they can’t pay for their product and if they can’t pay for their product then they can’t sell their product (when they are allowed to open again) and if they can’t sell their product they can’t pay for their product and . . . well, you get it.

It all comes full circle. But then that circles ripples out because then they also can’t pay for a lot of other things. They can’t buy their groceries, they can’t buy things their children need for school, they’ll choose not to go to the doctors when they should because they know they can’t afford their health insurance anymore and they won’t be able to afford to pay the doctors bills. The small grocery stores will begin to suffer and then the small stores that sell clothes will suffer. Of course, the big box stores will do fine because the governor said they can stay open. This all effects the suppliers of the restaurant’s food as well and eventually it trickles down to the farmers who provide some of the food and eventually the people who are already the most vulnerable economically are even more vulnerable and in danger of losing everything.

In our state, the government promised to help these small business owners, but then denied them help or the process to get help was so slow that many of them simply gave up and closed their doors. They closed their doors in small little towns that needed their businesses. I should mention that this virus effected our hospitals, especially the ones here in the rural area, differently than you think. Our hospitals didn’t fill up in March and April or any time recently. Our governor ordered all elective procedures canceled in the spring and when we did that the hospitals lost money big time.

So much money that when the federal government cut our local hospital a check for $32 million it didn’t matter and they laid off 400 nurses and staff members. More people with no jobs and no income and no way to support their families. Now we are having a surge in cases and no staff to help while the little hospitals fill up (though thankfully many of these cases are not ending up in deaths) and the health secretary is calling for the cessation of electives again to pull the hospitals even more into debt.

In other words, poverty snowballs into other areas of the economy, in case you weren’t already aware of that, which I know most of you are.

So while you are worrying that a family member of yours might get a virus and might die from said virus (as I am doing as well), the people who can’t operate the businesses they built up from the ground are dealing both with that fear and with the fear that they might lose everything they own, including their homes.

“None of this effects you,” you might say. “You aren’t a small business owner. You stay at home with your kids. What do you know?”

Actually, I do know.

My husband works for a small, independently owned newspaper. The paper survives on selling the paper, yes, but also on advertising. If they don’t have advertising money then there is no money to pay the printer to print the paper so sell the paper to pay the employees. See how that work?

If businesses are shut down by order of the governor then they obviously won’t be advertising with the paper. One, they have no reason to because they are closed and two, they have no money to because they are closed.

If they aren’t advertising, then the paper isn’t getting any income and if the paper isn’t getting any income eventually my family might not have any income, and if we don’t have any income, well we can’t support whatever business your family is in that allows you to be happy when your governor shuts down all the businesses.

So, yeah, it does affect me and it is affecting me and while I’m trying to be polite and nice and bite my tongue when many of you are happy and celebrate when businesses are shut down, it’s hard because I know of families, including my own, who have suffered, who are suffering, and who are going to suffer.

Does this mean I’m angry that you want to slow the spread of COVID? Not at all. I want to as well. I simply want it to be done in a better way that still allows businesses to operate and keep their livelihoods because when a government says they will be closed for “only a short time” we all know that’s not true.

Does this mean I wish people would think beyond their own world and their own fear to realize lockdowns aren’t good news for everyone?

Definitely.

18 Comments on “Why Lockdowns aren’t great for everyone.

  1. So true!! Well said and I’m definitely on the same page and understanding.

    This blows my mind:

    ‘So much money that when the federal government cut our local hospital a check for $32 million it didn’t matter and they laid off 400 nurses and staff members. ‘

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  3. I agree with this you know! I was gonna comment, but I’ve been out for the past 5 days. We ended up getting COVID-19. My whole family of seven 🤦🏼‍♀️
    While COVID-19 is no fun, most of us came through fine (I’m the only one in my family still sick).
    It just goes to show that instead of closing everything down, what our society should REALLY be doing is increasing the capacity of our healthcare system. They had 8 months to plan this, but no! Let’s just do what didn’t work the first time! Maybe by the 4th or 5th shutdown, reason might kick in??

    And that’s all I have to say!

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    • We never got tested but I think my family already had it in October. It was mild but yucky – throats and heads hurt. And agreed on the healthcare system. In our state, our governor and health secretary shut down all elective surgeries in March and April. It killed our small hospitals and they laid off 400 people locally and another 400 or so up north. Then the surge came and now there is too little staff to help. Even though they were told this would happen so now they think they can lock it all down — in a economy already teetering on the brink. I would love to slam some heads together right now to wake them up!

      Get better soon. I had two family members just get over it and one is still having symptoms almost a month later but still doing okay at home.

      You probably got it from the ER, you poor thing! I hope your other issue is better too

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      • Thank you! I think we are almost over it now. The fatigue has lasted more than any of us would’ve liked but we’re just going to bed earlier these days and we survive 😊

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        • My family members said the fatigue was the worst. I have that all the time with autoimmune or whatever I’ve got so I’d never know what’s being sick and what’s normal.

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  4. I agree with you Lisa. These lock downs are hurting small business everywhere. Here in Arizona our governor decided to leave it up to individual towns and counties with how they wanted to deal with their virus numbers. Here in the city of Phoenix are new mayor (a couple years now I think, but she is a different mayor from a year ago I believe) well anyway she was not happy at all. Two different political parties though, so there is that…they will clash at times. I will try not to get political but this mayor still has a lot to do to get this city in working order and lots of problems that seem to have been put aside or ignored since she got in office…who knows what is going on anyway, she may have all kinds of excuses to explain that away. Our rules change though, so who knows what each week will bring. For now, all shops require face masks but they are open. Some shops have greeters at doors that have sanitizing stations set up for people walking in to gel up and wipe down shopping carts and baskets. Some of the smaller shops only allow so many people in at a time and they always have masks at the doors for anyone who does not have one. Our numbers are going up too. It is the cold and Flu season, our schools started up a couple months ago, so this being normal cold and flu season along with the new virus it is to be expected. Hey…has anyone heard anything about regular Flu cases? Before the new virus showed up this was something the media pushed and pushed over and over….so frightening back before the virus with how scary the Flu season was and all those deaths. Where did the Flu go? Anyway, you are 100% right about small business and how it hurts us all in the big picture of things. Like dominoes, one falls, another falls and so on and so on.

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  5. This is very much a topic of discussion for my husband and me these days. LA County is on the verge of shutting down and it has a lot of people yelling at each other. I agree lockdown at the beginning was a good idea, but not so much now. Tomorrow, all indoor and outdoor dining is supposed to cease for at least 3 weeks and many people are really unhappy. Our public health department keeps a list of all workplaces with outbreaks and I see far fewer restaurants and other food places on it than other sectors of the economy. The biggest problem is people choosing to gather, but many of our officials seem to want to turn a blind eye to it. Instead of going back to prohibiting gathering, which did flatten our curve in the Spring, we’re prohibiting supporting local eateries. It’s absurd. There needs to be a better way of slowing or stopping the spread, but no one wants to look beyond lockdowns. Anyways, I think I’ve lost track of what I meant to say (it really is a hot thing for us here right now), but I agree lockdowns are not the only way to go and are actually really harmful. I just wish someone could come up with a better solution! Though my husband just read today that the virus has mutated so now it’s really contagious. I guess we’re just doomed.

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  6. You and I are on the same wave length — I just wrote a post for next week on this topic. How we’re killing small businesses. And there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight! I’m not against flattening the curve, masking, social distancing, etc., but the ramifications go way beyond and I don’t think people (including those politicians) care about the big picture.

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    • There really doesn’t seem to be until people stand up and start fighting back. Not with weapons and Molotov cocktails like some that represent certain groups but like gym owners in Buffalo who the DOH and sheriffs who came to shut them down — “show me the LAW you’re using to try to enforce this or get off my property.” They also told them to get a warrant and come back. Laws are passed in our states by a group of people NOT by one man. That’s the way it works in this country and someone needs to remind them.

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