IN A NUTSHELL 32/2019-20
DID THE STRESS KILL HER?
Medical workers in New York City, a place which accounts for some one third of all deaths related to the coronavirus in the whole USA, have just received a painful hit. Dr Lorna Breen, 49, described by BBC as ”the city’s top doctor” has committed suicide. Ms Breen’s father said his daughter had not had any record of mental illness adding she ”tried to do her job and it killed her.” When describing the recent situation he said Dr Breen was in the trenches on the front line and it is difficult to call this way of putting things inappropriate. Dr Breen apparently told her father how she saw patients dying from coronavirus before they were taken away from ambulances. When helping the patients she caught the virus herself but recovered after a week and a half. The police report describing her death mentions Dr Breen died of self-inflicted injuries — somebody did call an ambulance and she was taken to a hospital, but it was too late. The story of Dr Breen shows medical workers are under particular mental burden these days.
BRAVE NEW WORLD AHEAD OF US
The lockdown will end sooner or later. The city of Wuhan has already reopened and many governments have started easing the restrictions. The big question which appears at this moment sounds: what will be the quarantine impact on our everyday live in the long term? In an attempt to answer this question Business Insider listed solutions which are very likely to stay with us for good. Firstly, the pandemic will bring changes to the economy. Spain announced introducing basic income. Every citizen will be getting exact amount of money from the government. The employers are considering new payment mechanisms. For example Orlen proposed using weekly payments. People are getting used to telehealth (video-consultations with doctors), which opens an opportunity for popularising self-diagnostic. Education may also change. The tools many schools have just discovered may lead to bigger personalisation of educational materials. Some experts say, that we will enter the so-called BigPrivacy era. Health monitoring systems, using our locations or cameras measuring the body temperature before entering shopping malls or restaurants can become much more common. It will heat up the discussion about implementing global health monitoring solutions. This, combined with the need of using contactless payments, gives us a great reason to expect more biometrically-based methods of paying, like Alibaba’s “Smile to Pay” feature. It can also popularize all kinds of the voice assistants accompanying us in everyday tasks. We can also expect big changes in the area of shopping. Everyone is talking about fast digitalisation of the food delivery market. It has already started. The autonomic delivery vehicles and drones will appear much sooner than we had expected before the pandemic. At the same time companies like Amazon will develop offline solutions like self service shops. Please keep in mind this are all just predictions, and should be taken as possibilities, however quite realistic ones.
LOOKING FOR THE GUILTY
The fact that Wuhan, the capital of the Hubei province in China, is the place where the entire current coronavirus pandemic in the world began is undeniable. As well as the fact that it is the country that has suffered most. However, Missouri’s Attorney General, Eric Shmit, has concluded that not all the facts about the virus are so clear. Even more, Shmitt decided to sue the government of the PRC and the Communist Party of China for allegedly concealing information about the pandemic and for the omissions that led to the spread of the coronavirus worldwide. The defendant considers the allegations to be ‘absurd’ and ‘unfounded’. Shmitt, however, continues in his conviction and as it turns out, the state of Missouri is not the only area in the USA with similar opinions. The country’s government itself regularly accuses the Beijing authorities of hiding true data, on the extent of the epidemic in the PRC from the world. But of course not everyone supports this movement. For example, Lea Brilmayer, a professor of international law at Yale University, says that ‘a Sovereign should not be sued by a Sovereign’. Critics of such accusations point out that a lawsuit comes with a cost and claims that it is a top-down loss, resulting in a complete waste of not only money but also time.
HARRISON FORD MIGHT ACTUALLY BELIEVE HE IS HAN SOLO
Last week the 77 year old star of „Indiana Jones” and „Star Wars” had (as it turns out yet another) aviation incident while piloting a small plane at an airport in South California. His aircraft crossed a runway where another plane was landing. It wasn’t exactly a close call – both planes were still 1 km apart, but Ford is currently under investigation over this one (his line of defense: „misheard instruction” from air traffic control). He is not new to reckless flying – and we don’t mean the scuffles with Darth and his people. In 1999 the actor crash-landed a helicopter in Los Angeles and a year later experienced an emergency landing in Nebraska (fittingly for his image, he came out unhurt in both cases). Then in 2017 „he flew low over an American Airlines plane with 110 passengers and crew on board at California’s John Wayne airport. No-one was injured, and the FAA decided not to take any action.” Bear in mind, Ford took up flying when he was in his 50s, so age is perhaps not just a number after all. Although, of course, Valentina Fyodorova might have something to say about that.
THE FIRST ONLINE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
Recently we have witness the first online presidential debate. The topic of the debate was climate, climate change and climate crisis and it was hosted by Onet. All but one major candidates took part in it. Robert Biedroń from Lewica, Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska from Koalicja Obywatelska, Władysław Kosiniak Kamysz from PSL, Krzysztof Bosak from Konfederacja and an independent candidate, a journalist and showman, Szymon Hołownia. The current president, Andrzej Duda, was absent. Apart from some small Internet problems that Mr Bosak experienced, the debate went smooth. The debate format was hosts asking each candidate questions. Two candidates that stood out most for me were Robert Biedroń and Krzysztof Bosak, although Szymon Hołownia had a very good take on water crisis in Poland. Biedroń talked about how he made Słupsk, which he was a president of, into one of the cleanest cities in Poland through not only the law but also changing people’s mentality about the subject. This is factually correct — according to Onet it is Poland’s 4th cleanest city. He also said that Poland needs to expand its parks and stop using coal. Bosak was the only one on the stage who donated money to Biebrza National Park, which is currently on fire. He also noticed that Poland C02 emission leads to only about 1% of global emissions, so he suggests that we should not cut our C02 emission because it may only hurt our economy and not leading to any great outcome. The 1% is true according to ucsusa.org which is a site that tracks the percentage of global emissions. Both of them presented very good rhetorics and, thanks to them the debate was entertaining to watch. That is just my opinion, if you want to see the whole debate here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AJ-eE8nEvI
- One should always try to find the least stressful job possible.
- We should try to find out who or what started the coronavirus pandemic.
- The world after the coronavirus will be a better place.
- Repeat offenders should be stripped of their driving/pilot licenses – for life.