We just can’t get away from the COVID-19 topic.  In this episode Manuel and David discuss the latest developments about what’s now been declared a Pandemic.  There’s some cursing, but for the most part, we keep it civilized.  Let’s all do our part to get out of this situation as soon as possible and get back to our regular lives!

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  • The WHO declares COVID-19 a Pandemic
  • President Trump addresses the nation with updates and resolutions. What we like or don’t like.   Too little too late?
  • Travel ban from Europe. Fair, unfair, will it help?
  • The evolution of COVID-19 has been massively different between Europe and the US. While Europe has 23,000 confirmed cases and over 1,000 deaths, the US has about 1,300 cases and 40 deaths. Maybe closing our borders after all is justified, at least for the time being.
  • Is the European Union really united in the fight to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus or is each country acting on their own?
  • As much as we blame China for initiating this virus, the fact is that they reacted much faster to the situation locking down the country before the situation got out of control.
  • CDC response. Too late to “Control and Prevent”?
  • Rapid sequence of events this week. Major sporting leagues cancellations: NBA, NCAA, NHL, European Soccer Leagues.
  • Sports figures and celebrities join the unwanted list of confirmed cases: Rudy Gobert, Tom Hanks… Is that what it takes for all of us to pay attention and take it seriously?
  • Stock market reaction or overreaction. Justified?  We’re now in Bear Market territory.  It’s been a long Bull run.  What can we expect?
  • The good news: This will go away. Probably not in 3-4 weeks, but in 3-4 months.  Let’s be patient and all cooperate.


  • Being a respiratory viral disease, people who smoke or have smoked in the past, have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and older people are generally more at risk of being severely affected. But again, this doesn’t mean that all other people are not at risk.  It simply means that healthier people will have a greater chance of surviving with less severe symptoms.
  • Practicing greater social distance is a good start: Avoiding large groups, close proximity to other people in social situations, movie theaters, crowded restaurants, airplanes, group gatherings, concerts, etc. will help decrease spreading the virus and the number of infected people. Less infected people = we can contain and overcome the Pandemic much faster.
  • This is one of the cases when erring on the side of caution is better than not doing enough. That doesn’t mean panicking.  But rather, a rational reaction to a situation that is upon us and that we know very little about.
  • And above all, washing our hands frequently, avoiding touching our faces (nose and mouth specifically) and eliminating hand-shakes, hugs, and other displays of affection for the time being, is the best way to show love to our loved ones.
  • Something to keep in mind: The unpredictable nature of this virus is what makes it more dangerous. The other problematic part is the asymptomatic nature of this virus just as how differently it affects different people.  Don’t be a hero.  Heroes save other people.  They don’t’ get them infected.
  • Right now the curve of cases is still concave up for the rest of the world, meaning the cases keep increasing at a rapid rate. By contrast, China is already flat and even showing a concave down curve.  In other words, they have reached their peak and are on their way to contain the spread with fewer cases every day.
  • We can all blame the government, WHO, CDC, and all other organizations, but to solve this crisis fast, we all need to do our part too. Let’s get over this soon!


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