Most of us are probably familiar with, by now, the meme illustrating Stephen King’s It loitering at subterranean levels in the sewers with promises of hand sanitizer. It is an evil entity that shapeshifts, manifesting itself into its victims’ greatest fears and projecting them; It might be fair to draw a slight parallel to coronavirus as the “It” of 2020; an evil, shapeless terror that has manifested itself as man’s greatest fear, using it against him as if he were a happy-go-lucky child.
Now, unlike Stephen King’s It, coronavirus doesn’t languor in obscurity but is tethered to facts available to anyone willing to educate themselves. That’s a powerful weapon, and operating with that weapon, it’s worth it to note that the devastating effects of the coronavirus are set to hit the U.S. economy and not so much its citizens, and the construction industry is not immune.
Project delays are expected and that is not the worst of it, as cost of materials is set to hike as Chinese manufactures and shipping ebbs, and that, in turn, can affect employment in terms of revenue as well as placement. As flights are canceled, so are interviews—interviews with great potential to turn into jobs.
But what if we all took a moment to revel in the facts and allowed ourselves a little more breathing room? What if we checked statistics and compared them to unnecessary loss?
As of March 10, 2020, the coronavirus has claimed 31 people in the U.S., with older adults who have other chronic health issues being its primary target.
While no one is suggesting it’s OK to throw caution to the wind and risk their health, it might be worth it to know exactly what’s going on so it can help benefit channels of commerce and help us find solutions rather than simply panicking and contributing to the problem.
If flights are canceled, hindering interviews, bridge the gap with Skype. If international manufacture shipping is impeded, look to local suppliers to see how projects can move forward. If necessity is the mother of invention, then maybe we can find ways of putting the coronavirus into perspective and finding ways to see things through when it comes to our economy and business.