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Can we just stop saying the "C" word?
The "C" word of course being COVID-19 or the coronavirus. It seems almost every news story, post, even product or service being sold has the coronavirus banner waving. Millions of jobs lost, crumbling economies, ridiculous restrictions and of course the death toll are surely enough to remind us of the "C" word. The media and social media pariah’s fill our every waking moment with a mixture of "C" word facts, falsehoods and propaganda. I am not arguing the validity of such information; merely the sheer volume of it.
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Yes, every time we turn around that word and a number of news stories are there to greet us. Talking to my team the other day, it's very apparent we've all grown numb to the facts and figures. If we had to do a shot every time someone said Coronavirus or COVID-19, we'd be passed out by 9AM.
But, it's a risk and reality we have had to navigate, and thankfully I've been able to stay employed and be surrounded by a fantastic team.
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1 reply by Sante Vergini
Apr 29, 2020 2:07 PM
Sante Vergini
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Thanks Jason. Good to see you and your team are not shell-shocked by the constant COVID-19 stream.
I wrote about this a couple of weeks back: https://www.projectmanagement.com/blog-pos...ate-on-COVID-19

The media will do what they can to sell advertising space and to increase mindshare. That doesn't mean we need to slavishly follow everything they are repeating.

Everything in moderation...
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1 reply by Sante Vergini
Apr 29, 2020 2:08 PM
Sante Vergini
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Thanks Kiron. I think COVID-19 doesn't pass the "moderation" test.
but we are talking about it again. :)
It's hard not talk about something that is influencing our daily lives and will cause changes in the near future.

Alexandre
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2 replies by Phil Akinwale and Stéphane Parent
Apr 28, 2020 7:34 PM
Stéphane Parent
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Near future? I'd say COVID-19 will have ripple effects for the rest of the decade.
Apr 28, 2020 9:25 PM
Phil Akinwale
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LOL. Very true.
Maybe we will have to adapt our lives to the new normality, with the virus present everywhere.
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1 reply by Sante Vergini
Apr 29, 2020 2:09 PM
Sante Vergini
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Yes I imagine it's going to be around for a few years yet.
Apr 28, 2020 5:48 PM
Replying to Alexandre Costa
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but we are talking about it again. :)
It's hard not talk about something that is influencing our daily lives and will cause changes in the near future.

Alexandre
Near future? I'd say COVID-19 will have ripple effects for the rest of the decade.
some say the year is lost due to Covid19...by the contrary would I reply. Many lessons, starting by the true kickoff of digital disruption
Apr 28, 2020 5:48 PM
Replying to Alexandre Costa
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but we are talking about it again. :)
It's hard not talk about something that is influencing our daily lives and will cause changes in the near future.

Alexandre
LOL. Very true.
As November comes closer, I'd expect US media to shift their focus to the elections. And all we need is a few shark attacks worldwide in the summer to get the media to chase that next bright shiny bauble...

Kiron
For me I changed perspectives and I see this as just another disruption. As such there are uncertainties, and ups and downs.
We discussed disruptions before, in the technology and business space, some lost, some won. This disruption helps to speed up things. And I agree, it is leading into a new world order. Not sure if it will be a new normal.

As uncertainty persists, it is human to look for answers and be open to new networks and information. I learned a lot in the past weeks and met a bunch of new good people.

The only major thing that bothers me is that we as project managers are not really relevant in helping other to get more secure. We might handle it as a threat to our projects, but I fail to see opportunities we grasp.
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1 reply by Joey Perugino
Apr 29, 2020 10:21 PM
Joey Perugino
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Hi Thomas, I would tend to agree with you however I do believe that some opportunities will arise in the field of health and security.
I also believe that will be increased demand for the development of applications that will permit tracking of patients and things of the sort.
Apr 28, 2020 4:50 PM
Replying to Jason Orloske
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Yes, every time we turn around that word and a number of news stories are there to greet us. Talking to my team the other day, it's very apparent we've all grown numb to the facts and figures. If we had to do a shot every time someone said Coronavirus or COVID-19, we'd be passed out by 9AM.
But, it's a risk and reality we have had to navigate, and thankfully I've been able to stay employed and be surrounded by a fantastic team.
Thanks Jason. Good to see you and your team are not shell-shocked by the constant COVID-19 stream.
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