The impact of COVID-19 is rippling through the worlds of business, sports, personal lives, and certainly this week’s newsletter. Here in NYC, congregations over 500 people are now prohibited, but events large and small, urban and suburban are being postponed, suspended, and cancelled.
I am happy to see local municipalities banding together in the effort to keep businesses, small, medium, and large, running. For example, the Queens Chamber of Commerce will be continuing outreach with a daily email and are actively seeking businesses in distress that they may support in one form or another.
Last Friday I received my first invitation to an online event, to subsidize the lack of in person gatherings. I fully expect more of these type of events to pop up in the coming weeks. As they reach a critical mass, I will return to curating networking opportunities for us all and sharing across this medium.
I’m sure you have no shortage of emails stating CDC and WHO guidelines, so I will not regurgitate them here. What I can’t stress enough is to surround yourself with information from reputable sources. To paraphrase NY Gov Cuomo from his daily update, the anxiety surrounding the calamity can at times be worse than the calamity. There is no need to spread false facts or worse: fear monger, let alone give into it. And as Stevie Wonder wrote:
“When you believe in things
That you don’t understand,
Then you suffer,”
Keep yourselves knowledgeable on the situation and how to take proper action when the time calls for it. Thank you for reading and I’ll see you out there networking, soon!