IN A NUTSHELL 28/2019-20
COMPANIES FORCED TO MAKE VENTILATORS
Ford announced on Monday March 30, 2020 they would team with General Electric and start producing ventilators. They plan to make as many as 50,000 devices in the next 100 days and after that 30,000 a month for as long as it is necessary. As of today (March 31, 2020) the USA already is the country with the highest number of COVID-19 patients in the world, the number of people who got sick exceeding 165,000. Predictions say up to 200,000 Americans may get killed by the coronavirus and Donald Trump says however dramatic this sounds, this would still mean a victory over the disease. Those numbers perfectly illustrate how badly the USA needs ventilators — hospitals in the most affected states already use one of them for two patients. To handle the situation the presidents said he would invoke a Defense Production Act, a war-time mechanism which will force companies to make ventilators. Examples of the companies are Ford and GE and their involvement will soon be appreciated by the hospitals.
BRAZILIAN TOURIST BOARD IN AN EPIC SOCIAL MEDIA FAIL
The job of every national board of tourism is to promote the country and attract as many guests as possible to visit it. The Brazilian one, Embratur, has exactly the same task and judging by the numbers of tourists the country gets each year, it works well. Yet recently a person managing their Instagram profile made a hilarious mistake by sharing a very critical post. A user called ”withlai” wrote a post which read: ”I just spent 3 days in Rio with my family, and in those 3 days my family and I were robbed and my 9-year old sister witnessed a violent robbery. I can’t recommend a visit to a city where I felt afraid of even leaving the apartment.” You can imagine what kind of reactions this caused. Naturally, the shared post was deleted and the board said last year they worked hard to promote fall in crime in the country. As we know, however, there could be a lot of truth in the comment of ”withlai” as Brazil struggles with one of the highest crime and murder rates in the world (13,000 women are killed there every year).
THE BRIGHT SIDE OF THE EPIDEMICS – LESS CRIME
The coronavirus is still with us and the whole situation is only getting more complicated. However, we managed once again to bring you a positive aspect of the quarantine. Since the special regulations were implemented, some people started panicking. At the same time it became necessary to check if people really observe the rules of the isolation. The Polish police suddenly got a lot more tasks to do. On the 17th of March they made a humorous announcement on their official Facebook site saying that they were really busy right then, so they wanted to ask people to stop all criminal, disgraceful or wicked activities until further notice. Furthermore, the police would appreciate the expected future help in restraining oneself from committing crimes. They assured the people that they would inform them when it is possible to return to the old police-thief game. The post quickly became popular. Despite the fact how hilarious it was, it seems that it did the trick. Mariusz Ciarka, the police spokesman, compared the official numbers of the committed crimes, between the 13th and 18th of March from this year and the previous one. Here are the numbers: 997 (this year) to 2064 (previous one) thefts, a reduction from 894 to 599 burglaries, from 73 to 40 brawls. The numbers of noticed armed robbers changed from 74 to 53. There also were less car accidents, 405 to 242. The smallest change appeared in the number of homicides. The spokesman suggests, that the decline in crime can be explained by the fact that the police patrols checking on quarantined people additionally had a preventive effect.
BLESSED BE THE ANTICS OF CONFERENCE CALLS
Gradually and inevitably business — and school worlds have been slipping into Zoom, Microsoft Teams and (as in No Bell’s case) Google Meet video-conferencing realities. Those of us (including the author of these words) not used to the work-from-home specifics experience a good deal of hilarity every day. BBC business correspondent Katie Prescott in her March 31st article collected a number of examples that are bound to make one smile — because by now we can all relate to them! Well, hopefully not to this one told by Neil Henderson of Zurich Insurance: „I remember a client was on a call while in the bath, and you could hear splashing and the tap running. He then realised the microphone was on and the phone slipped into the bath. Gurgle gurgle gurgle. He jumped out the bath to get another phone, slid and fell down the stairs, cursing the lights out.” Obviously, you can’t eliminate live-conferencing accidents, but there are a number of useful tips to follow to make you look better. Such as this one from BBC camera operator Tracey Langford, who „recommends putting your laptop on a stack of books so that it is level with your eye line […] because looking downwards is not very flattering.” The article’s closing statement offers a rather sobering piece of advice: it says we better start liking video-conferencing because „we could be doing them for the rest of our careers.”
1. Governments should force countries to help fight the coronavirus crisis.
2. One mistake made on social media can ruin your career/business.
3. Difficult times mean people obey by the social rules more.
4. Most companies will find a way to operate online and will stick to it even when the quarantine ends.