What would you have given for a crystal ball in January?

If only I had known in January what 2020 would hold!
Here’s a Top Forty list of stuff I wish I had known lay ahead.

Variations of this have been going around the internet for a few days. I copied and pasted a list that Tiffany Marie posted on April 2 and modified it.

Just so I NEVER forget….. April 4, 2020

  1. This is the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic, declared March 11th, 2020
  2. NJ reported first coronavirus case March 4
  3. A total of 34,124 cases in NJ reported so far; 846 deaths
  4. Today, April 4: Coronavirus Outbreak’s Worst Day In NJ: 4,331 New Cases, 200 Die
  5. Coronavirus cases in and near Riverton: Beverly 4, Cinnaminson 6 (and 1 death), Delanco 4, Delran 17, Moorestown 21 (3 cleared from quarantine), Mount Laurel 31 (with 4 deaths and 1 cleared from quarantine), Palmyra 3, Riverside 6 (with 1 death), Riverton 9
  6. Gas price at Sam’s Club 1.99
  7. All 42 Burlington County school districts closed March 16 – April 17
  8. Social-distancing rules
  9. Tape on grocery stores floors help distance shoppers (6 ft) from each other
  10. Stores limit number of people inside stores creating queues outside
  11. Non-essential stores and businesses ordered closed
  12. Parks, trails, children’s outdoor play parks closed to the public
  13. All municipal court sessions suspended for two weeks; new jury trials halted indefinitely
  14. Entire sports seasons canceled
  15. Flags in NJ flying at half-mast until further notice
  16. Concerts, tours, festivals, entertainment events – canceled
  17. Weddings, family celebrations, religious services, holiday gatherings, funerals – canceled
  18. No gatherings of 50 or more, then 20 or more, now 10 or more
  19. Don’t socialize with anyone outside of your home
  20. State-wide stay at home order, effective March 21 at 9 p.m.
  21. Shortage of masks, gowns, gloves for front-line workers
  22. Panic buying causes shortages of toilet paper, disinfecting supplies, paper towels, hand sanitizer
  23. NJ governor previously shut down malls, amusement parks, casinos, gyms, movie theaters, hair salons, spas, tattoo parlors, and other establishments
  24. Manufacturers, distilleries and other businesses switch their lines to help make visors, masks, hand sanitizer, and PPE
  25. Liquor store and firearm store sales are up
  26. Coronavirus lockdown has a staggering impact on the economy; unemployment up; jobs and stocks down
  27. US borders closed to all but essential travel
  28. Some 700 inmates released from county jails in NJ
  29. Sit-down restaurant service banned; pick-up and delivery allowed
  30. Stadiums, recreation facilities, tent hospitals, two hospital ships open up for the overflow of covid-19 patients
  31. Pop-up sites established for coronavirus testing
  32. NJ governor activates National Guard
  33. FBI seized, bought, and distributed to healthcare workers “hoarded” masks, gowns, and other equipment
  34. Daily press conferences by President and governors of PA, NY, and NJ
  35. Stimulus bills and government incentives to aid businesses and people
  36. People wear masks and gloves outside and shopping
  37. Medical field workers make up a disproportionate number of cases
  38. Americans count on essential workers who are risking their health
  39. Governors warn of dire ventilator shortages; Trump says some are playing ‘politics’; Trump tells Pence not to call ‘unappreciative’ governors
  40. Will President Trump’s late March approval bump last? Will the public accept his branding of journalists as “fake news” and “the enemy of the people”? Will voters think he is doing “a great job” in this crisis or blame him for mismanaging the outbreak play a part in the 2020 Presidential Election?

History will be the judge.

Why do I write this status? Because anyone in the future who hasn’t lived through this would not believe it.

Add to this list if you wish by adding remarks to the “Leave a comment” link below. -JMc

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John McCormick

Teacher at Riverton School 1974-2019, author, amateur historian, Historical Society of Riverton Board Member 2007-2023, newsletter editor 2007-2023, website editor 2011-2023

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