Hello, faithful readers — all 3 of you! I hope this post finds you and yours well and managing. As you may know, I am an American expat living in Gyeongsangbuk-do, the hardest-hit region in South Korea. I have been getting messages from friends back in the U.S. asking about current conditions here in Korea, hoping to get a prognosis on what they can expect in the U.S. So let’s chat about that.
This is a follow-up to an earlier post of mine, “COVID-19 and Too Much Free Time.” In that post, I noted how this new virus really wasn’t such a big deal. And as diseases go, it may not be. But then I looked at the wide-reaching effects it will have on the American system, and I would like to change my answer.