How To Protect Your Skin & Wear Face Masks

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As the world begins to go back to ‘normal’ following the Covid-19 pandemic, it is expected that it will be a rather long period of time before there is a vaccine for the Coronavirus. Due to this, it is anticipated that in a lot of countries, there may be an expectation for people to wear face masks, (Whether everyone will or not is a different question entirely). But if you have irritable / dry skin, then you may be concerned about how best for yourself to wear a face mask while also protecting your skin.

How We Are Not Correct About Corona?

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Over the last couple of weeks I think there has been a common sense of unease about the restrictions that everyone has been placed under due to Covid-19 (Coronavirus). But while I completely understand this sense of unease, I think we are all acting and reacting to it in the completely wrong way. We are only putting ourselves at a greater risk and I am going to outline what I have seen over the past 7 – 10 days;

Continue reading “How We Are Not Correct About Corona?”

Irelands Quarantine Extended

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Last night (Friday), Ireland had its quarantine extended by an additional 2 weeks, while also being told we are now in a 5 stage process to getting back to ‘normal’, from what I am aware, this makes Ireland one of the only countries that has a published plan on their way back to life pre-Corona. But what does that look like? Continue reading “Irelands Quarantine Extended”

Life in the Stimulation

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So with the Irish Government announcing income subsidies for those affected by Covid-19, alongside their daily data around deaths and those infected, I as usual, became interested in other countries and their reactions. This is what led Changeroots to sending me on their article, which can be found here;

We Need A Post-Partisan World Now More Than Ever

At ChangeRoots, we stand for a post-partisan world rooted in love. A world where leaders prioritize our well-being over their political loyalty. COVID-19 presents us with an opportunity to step closer into that world. It has exposed the vulnerability of our health, food, and economic systems. The first step is awareness, next comes acceptance, then action. Now is the time when we need leaders to act with respect, take the best ideas from both sides, and develop resilient systems that take care of us.

What’s the latest?

  • Cases / Deaths: US : 80,857 / 1,163;  Italy: 80,589 / 8,215; World : 524,010 / 23,670
  • U.S. health response: Testing and tracking are crucial to curbing the spread; the U.S. isn’t doing enough of either.
  • Economic response: The Senate passed a stimulus bill twice as large as one from the 2008 financial crisis. The House votes on it tomorrow, Friday March 27th.
  • Bottom line: The more COVID-19 spreads, the more people die, the more drastic actions the government must take, and the more economic damage occurs.

Economic Impact

  • How bad is it: The initial economic decline from the COVID-19 will likely be sharper and more painful than during the 2008 financial crisis. Unemployment could reach 20%, compared to 10% in the 2008 crisis.
  • Gov response: The Senate just passed a $2 trillion stimulus bill. This is in addition to $8 billion for vaccine research and $100 billion in economic aid already passed. Tomorrow, Friday, March 27, the House will vote on it.
  • Compared to 2008: The 2008 stimulus and industry bailout bills totaled $1.4 trillion.

What’s in the stimulus bill?
The stimulus is an attempt to boost employment and economic output through grants, loans, and tax breaks to state and local governments, individuals, and businesses both large and small.

Who gets what? Source Politico

  • Individual Americans:
    • Single Americans who make under $75,000 would get $1,200
    • Married couples who make under $150,000 would get $2,400
    • Parents would see $500 for each child under age 17
    • People who are unemployed would get an extra $600 per week for up to four months (in addition to state unemployment)
  • Airline and other industry loans: $500 billion
  • Hospital Industry: $100 billion
  • State and local governments: $150 billion

How does it compare to the 2008 stimulus 

The 2008 stimulus and industry bailout bills totaled $1.4 trillion.

  • Individuals would receive up to $600
  • Married couples would get up to $1,200
  • Those with children would be sent $300 per dependent child

Did the 2008 stimulus bill work?

The recession ended in July 2009, five months after Congress passed the stimulus. Economic growth immediately improved. It expanded 1.5% in the third quarter of 2009 after shrinking 4.4% in Q1 2009. Within 18 months, the economy added 4.1 million jobs, after losing more than 500,000 jobs a month during the recession.

Our Post-Partisan Take

This crisis is forcing both parties to remember that everyone’s common goal should be serving the American people. The Senate voted unanimously on this bill with aspects of it that each party had to compromise on. Hopefully, this can carry forward in tackling problems beyond COVID-19 and result in more prompt legislation.

 

What is your thoughts on items like the stimulus bills that Governments are introducing during this crisis?

Until next time 🙂

Congress Picks Up the Bill!

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As I have previously covered how Ireland are reacting to the Coronavirus (Covid-19), I felt it was only right to find out how another country are reacting to it and what they are doing to assist. That’s where my friends at Changeroots come in! They wrote this article outlining how America are dealing with the crisis, which can be found here.

TL; DR: Congress passes relief bill

By now, you’ve heard about the coronavirus (COVID-19) that is spreading across the globe. As of March 18, 2020, all 50 states are reporting cases of the virus. The total count in the US has reached 5,881 confirmed cases and 107 deaths (source NYTimes).

With city-wide shutdowns, people are spending and earning less, businesses are suffering and it looks like we’re headed towards an economic recession.

Congress just passed the Coronavirus Relief Bill to support citizens and the economy with overwhelming bipartisan support on March 18, 2020. President Trump signed it that night.

What’s included in the bill?

  • Pays for coronavirus testing
  • Requires paid sick leave for those affected
  • Helps businesses pay for sick leave
  • Strengthens unemployment insurance benefits for those fired or have hours reduced
  • Helps low-income families afford food

What’s next?

The bill passed Congress and has been signed into law by President Trump. Trump requested a separate and huuuuuge (like $1 trillion) stimulus package and things like immediate relief in the form of $1,000 checks for all citizens (s/o to Andrew Yang) and bailouts for industries impacted like airlines. That’s what’s coming in part 3.

Recap:

  • Part 1: $8.3 billion to fund spurring coronavirus vaccine research and development (passed March 6)
  • Part 2: $100 billion largely focused on paid sick leave and unemployment benefits for workers and families (passed March 18)
  • Part 3: $750 billion – $1 trillion to prevent a recession (being drafted). This would be larger than the $700 billion economic relief bill passed during the 2008 recession.

What’s the Post-partisan take?

It’s a scary and trying time as information and the world around us seem to change daily. And while we’re in a state of uncertainty, we’re also looking for glimmers of hope. Congress passing a bill with such overwhelming bipartisan support? A huge glimmer. President Trump demanding relief by putting cash in the hands of struggling Americans, with Democrats supporting the demand? Triple huge glimmer.

We’re seeing small examples of what we can happen when we put down political loyalty and pick up protecting the wellbeing of all Americans first. Now imagine if this was how we operated all the time. That’s the post-partisan world we’re fighting to create.

WTF Does the Coronavirus Bill Mean for Me?

If you get sick…

  • The government will pay for the test confirming you’re sick.
  • Your health insurance (or lack of) determines how much the rest of your care cost.
  • The government will pay your company to pay you for sick leave – if you work at a company between 50 and 500 people
  • If you are told to quarantine the government will cover part of your loss of income

If you get laid off because of coronavirus…

If you are an hourly worker and your hours get cut…

 

Until next time 🙂

Cryptocurrencies and Coronavirus – Investment Opportunity?

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Over time I have been writing about various topics during this blogs lifetime, and I have seemed to gravitate towards things like Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies, also over the recent pandemic I have gravitated towards writing about the Coronavirus. So here is a breakdown of the effects that Cover-19 is having on the cryptocurrency market! Continue reading “Cryptocurrencies and Coronavirus – Investment Opportunity?”

Irelands’ Coronavirus Lockdown

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Over the past 3/4 weeks Ireland has been through various methods to flatten the curve of the Coronavirus (Covid-19). But what are the measure they have put in place and just as important, how are others reacting too and implementing the policies. Also, are they enough? Continue reading “Irelands’ Coronavirus Lockdown”

Coronavirus, Financial Markets and You – Overview

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As you may or may not be aware, for now, I work in finance. So, I am first hand seeing and being affected by the Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the effect it is having on the volatility of our financial markets, but what about you? Ordinary person, how is the Coronavirus effecting the financial markets and you? Continue reading “Coronavirus, Financial Markets and You – Overview”

Coronavirus with a Chronic Illness?

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1st off, I hope you and everyone you know are ok. It is a very confusing and difficult time for everyone to be going through. It seems as if we are in the middle of a potential catastrophe with no end in sight and minimal advice that is definitive coming from the governments of the world.

Now, the Coronavirus or Covid-19, is spreading like wildfire across the globe after beginning in China in December of 2019. As of today, there have been a total of 80,824 cases in China, for me on the island of Ireland we have 90. Italy is the worst affected European country so far with 17,660 cases. Adding every country together, since the virus inception we have had 148,595 cases, 5,547 deaths, 73,706 have recovered. 69,342 are currently infected with 5,674 of those in critical condition. Continue reading “Coronavirus with a Chronic Illness?”

What is Bipartisanship, Really?

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Following numerous Democrats dropping out of the Presidential Race over the past week and after Super Tuesday, the good friends at Changeroots have another article for us regarding Bipartisanship. If you want to see the original article posted on their site, click the link here. Continue reading “What is Bipartisanship, Really?”