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Covid-19 future outcomes


Dignitary Member
Supporting Member
NW Ohio
In The short term I'm trying to find positives for this virus. 1) so many companies emailing their status. I'm using it as an opportunity to unsubscribe. 2) well. . .I'll let you know when I think of it.

BUT. . . .there WILL be changes moving forward. Work Changes. School changes. Medical changes. Let's use this thread to project or predict future outcomes. I started with a joke, but I'm being serious.

I foresee a wave of work from home and increase in home school options. Duh, right? I see it advancing though. What will this bring? Future generations even less able to communicate in person? Future generations with lessened immune systems because the kids don't drag every flu bug home? Those are negatives, but what about colleges? Will this be the leading edge of online college with reduced costs?

Will this push the 5g rollout faster than before?

Our President partnered with major corporations on this disaster. Google. Walmart. Walgreen. Quest. . . . Will this further push the "Buy American" campaign? Will it stick?

While the initial results of this virus have created hysteria, I see positives coming.


*Supporting Member*
Mahoning Co.
I think businesses will re-evaluate supply chains and just in time inventories.

I’m not sure if people will expect more government involvement in their lives or will they realize that government has limited ability to solve these
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*Supporting Member*
Mahoning Co.
Every economic shock leaves a legacy. The deadly coronavirus will be no different.

The Great Depression spurred a ‘waste not want not’ attitude that defined consumer patterns for decades. Hyperinflation in the Weimar Republic still haunts German policy.

The Asia financial crisis left the region hording the world’s biggest collection of foreign exchange. More recently, the 2008 global financial crisis drove a wedge through mature democracies that still reverberates, with workers suffering measly pay gains in the decade since.

This time it’s a public health emergency that’s shaking up the world economy. In just a matter of weeks, people in affected areas have become accustomed to wearing masks, stocking up on essentials, canceling social and business gatherings, scrapping travel plans and working from home. Even countries with relatively few cases are taking many of those precautions.

Traces of such habits will endure long after the virus lock downs ease, acting as a brake on demand. On the supply side, international manufacturers are being forced to rethinkwhere to buy and produce their goods -- accelerating a shift after the U.S.-China trade war exposed the risks of relying on one source for components.

In the white-collar world, workplaces have amped up options for teleworking and staggered shifts -- ushering in a new era where work from home is an increasing part of people’s regular schedule.

“Once effective work-from-home policies are established, they are likely to stick,” said Karen Harris, managing director of consultancy Bain’s Macro Trends Group in New York.

Universities stung by travel bans will diversify their foreign student base and schools will need to be better prepared to keep educating online when breakouts force their closure.

The tourism sector is seeing the most drastic hit, with flights, cruises, hotels and the web of businesses who feed off the sector struggling. While tourists will no doubt be eager to explore the world and relax on a beach again, it may take some time before the industry that hires about one in 10 people recovers.

The virus has also turned the economic policy outlook on a dime and created new priorities. Central banks are in emergency mode again, while governments are digging ever deeper to find money to prop up struggling sectors. Hygiene is soaring up government and corporate agendas -- indeed, Singapore already plans to introduce mandatory cleaning standards.

“This outbreak is unprecedented in terms of its nature of uncertainty and associated social and economic impact,” said Kazuo Momma, who used to be in charge of monetary policy at the Bank of Japan. Tighter borders controls, wider insurance coverage and lasting changes to working and commuting patterns will be just some of the micro-economic changes that will endure long after the virus, Momma says.

In China, where the virus first erupted in Wuhan late last year, the top legislature has already imposed a total ban on trade and consumption of wild animals amid scientists’ warnings that the deadly coronavirus migrated from animals to humans. Additional strict hygiene rules are expected that will accelerate a push by wary consumers to online shopping, similar to how the 2003 SARS outbreak changed shopping habits as people avoided the mall.

Analysis by Bain & Company found that China will see pronounced immediate changes in health care as more and more rudimentary checkups and transactions are conducted through online channels to avoid the risk of contamination in crowded waiting rooms and wards.

Governments may spend much more on health care to avoid the massive cost associated with epidemics, according to a new paper on the macroeconomic impact of the virus published by the Brookings Institution and co-authored by Warwick McKibbin and Roshen Fernando of the Australia National University.

“The global community should have invested a great deal more on prevention in poor countries,” McKibbin said. He was also co-author of a previous paper that estimated the 2003 SARS outbreak wiped $40 billion off the world economy.

Because no one knows how the virus will play out or what the final human and economic toll will be, economists caution against concrete predictions. It could be that much of the disruption will revert to normal activity once the outbreak is contained, according to Nobel laureate Edmund Phelps of Columbia University.

“I think most businesses and certainly the behemoths in the U.S. and elsewhere will not fail to go back to normal business practices,” he said.

Economists like Paul Sheard, a senior fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School, also caution that because no two economic shocks are the same, it’s far from certain what legacy this one will leave.

Fabrizio Pagani, a former adviser to the Prime Minister of Italy, draws on previous shocks for guidance.

“The oil supply shock in the 70s led to the first efforts of energy conservation and efficiency,” he said. “The demand shock determined by the great financial crisis was the rationale for a new, quite radical, regulatory framework across the banking and financial sectors.”

This time around, he expects changes to everything from online schooling and distance learning to industrial strategy as existing business models are reworked.

Kathryn Judge, a financial markets and regulation expert at Columbia University, says the U.S. banking crash of 2008 has left deep scars by fueling divisive politics and declining levels of home ownership. The current crisis will have an impact too.

“Long brewing debates about how to revamp the U.S. health care system might benefit from a renewed sense of urgency, enabling structural change.”

How that plays out on the political stage will be key. Would-be Democratic nominee Joe Biden is pushing a plan that would build upon Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. President Donald Trump, meantime, is downplaying the risk to the U.S. economy posed by the coronavirus and sought to cast blame for the pandemic at other countries for what he labeled a “foreign virus.”

James Boughton, who served for decades at the International Monetary Fund, including as the fund’s historian, cites the collapse in South Korea and Indonesia as catalysts for change, provided governments act.

“Only in a crisis are governments able to rally people to accept necessary but painful reforms,” said Boughton. “Every crisis is also an opportunity.”

--With assistance from Zoe Schneeweiss.



Staff member
So a few things I see as positives from all of this:

1. People begin to embrace the basics of preparedness and as a society we rethink our just-in-time society. You'll see a renaissance in gardening, canning, livestock, and preservation. New markets will emerge. New social norms will take hold and maybe, just maybe it'll all be for the better.

2. Business will respond with reshoring supply chains, which means manufacturing jobs and innovation. Those that suffer the most in this moment, will either adapt or succumb. This could be a double-edged sword, but I'll remain cautiously optimistic that it means positive things for the "Made in the U.S.A" movement. Assuming this does happen, we'll see a construction boom.

3. Now, my morbid take. And please understand that this is my arm-chair economists view and not at all what I want to happen... but if this is indeed super deadly in 80+ year olds, that demographic has is many cases "hoarded" resources. Those that have, will have their wealth/assets dispersed through their estate. That'll infuse cash in the market to help fuel a rebound. It'll also take stress off social security and Medicare. It'll free up capacity in assisted living. Again, from an economist standpoint, those are "positives". (Read Freakonomics if you think that's harsh.)

As the executive director of our county's economic development organization, I'm pulling for scenario #2. That's exactly the motivation that'll fuel development and it is my job to see it coming and have our county and our county's businesses ready to capitalize on it. Either we bring in Tier 2 or 3 suppliers, or we vertically integrate. Either way, we need to develop sites and that's the mission of my new organization.

So when I say "let no crisis go to waste", perhaps you can see how my business mind allows me to find the positive in all the negative. The economy isn't affected by gravity, but it's a fan of Newton: "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction."


Dignitary Member
Staff member
I’ve heard a theory that because the elderly are disproportionately affected that this, if the worst case scenarios are realized, that it could save Social Security big bucks.
Lots of things could come from it, from available housing, workplace upward mobility, as Jesse mentioned a spread of amassed wealth, land sales, business sales, etc. I'm in no way saying that's a good thing, and it would be a national travesty if it came to fruition, but all of those and more would be impacted.


Dignitary Member
Staff member
There will be a boom on more sensors being placed on everything so you don’t have to touch something. Bathroom doors, water fountains, elevator buttons, ATMs, etc.
Something simple that has always blown my mind. As nitpicky as health departments are they never passed an ordnance around bathroom doors that open inward where the facility only provides forced air hand dryers. Why they were never required to either install alternate opening mechanisms or provide paper products is beyond me. Does no good to require employees to wash their hands if they grab the same shit covered handle that stinky stan did after taking a shit and not washing his hands.
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*Supporting Member*
Crawford county
Travel will definitely take a hit. Whether its for business or leisure, the restrictions and regulations that will have to be placed on it will make it really difficult. The prevalence of online education and video conference calling will take off.


Active Member
Nw oh
Everything depends on how severe this gets. I don't see much good other than people being more self reliant and families connecting more. I just see a shitload of negeitives. Less people working, crime rising, businesses closing, less trust in our government with same or more social divid. If it gets like Italy hold the hell on......I guess that's during........afterwards go back to work if work stops. So severity holds all the cards....