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In this daily blog I explore our personal and collective responses to the transformation we are all experiencing as we battle the COVID-19 pandemic. I began writing in mid-March 2020, but only decided in April to create this blog and post it to my website. I’m posting all of March as a single entry and will follow up with posts either daily, weekly or every few days as events unfold. Stay safe.

The Corona Crucible – Thurs 23rd April

World 2.6 million      USA    840K+ Germany 150K+ Neil still has plenty of work. In fact his billable hours have increased since he’s been working from home. His job primarily involves establishing best practice in a range of industries to prevent industrial explosions. He works for a large engineering consultancy and his clients are from […]

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The Corona Crucible – Wed 22nd April

World 2.5 million      USA 815K+    New York 250K+      New Jersey 90K+ Thousands of garment workers in Bangladesh, face starvation after being sacked because western clothing brands have cancelled orders since the global shutdown. The number of people employed in making clothes in Bangladesh factories is around four million. One shudders to think what will happen […]

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The Corona Crucible – Tues 21st April

World 2.5 million      USA    790K+             Spain 200K+ World fatalities 170K+         Recoveries 640K+ For the first time in history, the price of oil in the US has fallen below zero. Overnight it traded at negative $US35.20 a barrel. No one wants to own crude oil with no one using it, and nowhere to store it. […]

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The Corona Crucible – Mon 20th April

World 2.4 million      USA    760K+             UK 120K+ A number of conspiracy theories have emerged on social media over recent weeks. It’s upsetting to see people get caught up in conspiracies that seem to be popping up everywhere at the moment, like weeds. Everyone is stressed and anxious and some people are looking for someone […]

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The Corona Crucible – Sun 19th April

World 2.3 million      USA 740K+    Spain 190K+  Italy 175K+    France 150K+ World Fatalities 160K+        Recoveries 600K+ The debacle around the Ruby Princess cruise ship docking in Sydney on 19 March has led to a criminal investigation. About 10 per cent of coronavirus cases in Australia have been linked to this one ship and the 2,700 […]

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The Corona Crucible – Sat 18th April

World 2.2 million      USA 700K+ World fatalities 150K+         There are more signs that the airline industry is being overwhelmed by the global impact of coronavirus. Airlines everywhere have started mothballing the A380 Airbus.  Meanwhile, Virgin Australia, which had financial issues long before this crisis, is facing voluntary administration.  The government has offered support to Virgin […]

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The Corona Crucible – Fri 17th April

World 2.1 million      USA    670K+             UK 100K+ World fatalities         140K+             Recoveries     540K+ Yesterday Professor Brendan Murphy released a report based on real data that compares our response to this health emergency here in Australia, to the rest of the world. You can download the report here. I’m not good at maths, but I […]

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The Corona Crucible – Thurs 16th April

World 2 million         USA 640K+    Spain 175K+ World fatalities 130K+         Recoveries 500K+ A (very fortunate) groundhog day… Waking, writing, emailing, blogging, reading, talking, walking, cooking. Washing, zooming, shopping, drinking, knitting, playing, eating, dozing. Binge watching, gardening, showering, sleeping, researching, working, phoning, posting. Cleaning, clipping, breathing, shaving, weeing, pooing, wiping, flushing. Puzzling, listening, discussing, debating, commenting, […]

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The Corona Crucible – Wednesday 15th April

World 1.9 million      USA    610K+             World fatalities         125K+             World recoveries 470K+ This week the Victoria Health Minister, Jenny Mikakos announced that our state has expanded coronavirus testing to include anyone who has relevant symptoms. This is aimed at reducing community transmissions of the virus. As the number of returning travellers decreases, more tests are […]

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The Corona Crucible – Tues 14th April

World 1.9 million      USA 590K+    New York 200K+      China 82K+?  Indonesia 4K+? World fatalities 120K+         World recoveries 400K+ OPEC and other oil producers recently met via teleconference and decided to cut back oil production by ten per cent.  With the sharp downturn in global mobility, this hardly seems like enough. More cut backs are likely […]

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