As highlighted in my previous post, lockdown measures are very harmful to society and do not seem to have much effect to stop the spread of the coronavirus. It is not a choice between the economy and our health. A healthy economy allows us to pay for good healthcare: a large economic crash means thousands of people will die. Both directly from anxiety, overdose and suicide, as well as indirectly: hazards and diseases for which we no longer have the funds to prevent or treat. In poorer countries some people are already starving.
The idea of quarantine is locking up sick people, so that the healthy population can continue to produce food and provide for their families and society at large. Only in Sweden that concept was successfully applied.
Now many power hungry governments are trying to introduce a ‘new normal’ of permanent social distancing. Simple math will tell you that that is impossible to maintain: if you are to keep 1,5 meters distance from other people, you will need at least four times as much public space – everywhere! Classrooms, buses, trains, planes, cinema, restaurants, waiting rooms, et cetera.
Not only is it impossible, it is unnecessary. Now that we have the facts, we know that the coronavirus is not more deadly than other type of flu – for young people it is less deadly than the last major flu epidemic of 2017/18. Only those over 70 and/or those with pre-existing health conditions should take precautions, and can do so on their own accord – the way it is done in Sweden:
People who don’t fall into those categories will simply have to man-up and face facts: life comes with risks, and in the end we all die. Meanwhile, let’s continue our lives without fear!
Tired of hearing the same fear based arguments, I made this T-shirt design, which you can download for free and print for yourself:
Even though most of the world has closed down in response to the coronavirus, flights are still leaving to a few destinations. Last week I went to Mexico City leaving from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. What’s it like to fly when the whole world is in fear? And how do they deal with the coronavirus in one of the biggest cities in the world? Continue reading “All aboard flight Covid-19”→
A friend of mine who owns a sizeable coffee plantation located at some of the highest areas of Central Panama asked me: “On my land I have several creeks and lots of water, I was wondering if we could make a lake there?” My usual reply to such questions is: “Let’s find out, when do we start?”
Here are some of the more interesting bugs I come across in my daily activities. Of some I know names, for others I invented them. Since not every critter was willing to pose, the quality of the pictures varies. Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy them!
So I am back in Panama and working as a freelance designer/writer/content creator (until I find a good project to work on, or get a new business going.) Have a look at my work (PDF), perhaps we can help each other.
When we moved to Portugal this year, my artist girlfriend Yani, coming from a city, was worried that we would find few artists in a small town in Portugal. Over the weeks that followed, I met and talked to a surprising amount of artists from the area, and I decided to turn it into a surprise party. So I organized an art café on the day of Yani’s 30th birthday, and invited everyone who did anything artistic, not just painters and sculptures but also graphic design and embroidery. Unfortunately, Yani got sick shortly before the event and had to return to France. This is the flyer I made for a birthday that never happened: