What If COVID-19 had struck In 1980 instead of 2020?

Currently, many jurisdictions in the United States have outlawed all public gatherings of 10 or more people and have asked everyone to practice social distancing. Most states have also closed non-essential businesses and enforced rules mandating working from home where applicable. At the federal government level, President Donald Trump recently extended the national social-distancing guidelines to April 30.

By Glynn Cosker
Managing Editor, EDM Digest

Luckily, in our digital world, there are numerous technological gizmos on hand to help businesses, schools and families get through a period of time when staying away from coworkers, friends and even family members is the new normal.

Our Digital World
In 2020, we live in a digital world. The internet, email, smartphones, smart TVs, 24/7 TV news channels, streaming movies and TV shows, Wi-Fi, GPS maps, online banking, online shopping, video chat, instant messaging, webcams, social media – and countless other 21st-century conveniences are all in abundance and available to a majority of Americans.

Today, most people can immediately contact loved ones via email, texts, video calls, social media and instant messages. Most people also have instant access to tens of thousands of news sources – online and streaming. We can see real-time statistics related to COVID-19, and we can choose which news outlets to patronize and which ones to avoid. We can read thousands of online articles about COVID-19 including its symptoms, how it’s spread, its mortality rate, its prevalence, its trends, the nations most affected – the list goes on.

Staying At Home Pastimes
During our current “stay-at-home” or “social distancing” time, most of us can surf the internet, download a new ebook to read on our tablets or e-readers – or we can stream and binge-watch one of virtually millions of shows and movies to our living rooms via Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and similar on-demand providers.

Those lucky enough to do so can work from home and conduct face-to-face meetings via Skype, Zoom, and other video-conferencing software. We can send an email to a colleague whom we might usually communicate with in person. Most children and teens have video game consoles, smartphones, tablets, and other handy devices to turn to.

Our Pre-Digital World
However, let’s rewind to March 1980. What would we have all done if the deadly novel coronavirus – along with all of the restrictions and life-changing measures we’re facing today – had arrived in the U.S. 40 years ago? CONTINUE READING BY FOLLOWING THE LINK