There is an astonishing sea change beginning I think in how we all interact. Now, I'm not pretending to be an expert in social psychology. But it is clear that despite all the glitches there is an unprecedented level of global cooperation going on. Usually, wars have two human sides. In this one, there is all humanity versus a virus. So, I'll say it again: Unprecedented.
I'm going to institute some regular features and some random things every week. The regular features will be the latest hopeful news about medical supplies, vaccines, treatments, the tech industry response, tools and useful info, the comedy and a Corona Cover of the Week. What will vary is how I organize the good that people do.
This week, for example, it's the cheering of the amazing healthcare workers who are putting their lives on the line. Also, the good that sports teams and players are doing. That will vary week to week.
Jay Pettigrew, a regional VP at Salesforce, created Devices for Students, to find or buy PCs, laptops, etc, and get internet connectivity for kids who are stuck at home and need to have that hardware and connectivity to continue school. This began with Detroit when they found out that 60% of the students at home didn't have the hardware nor the connectivity so couldn't get their education. The reason that this is in sports? The Detroit Lions, Detroit Pistons and Detroit Red Wings joined in to help and get those devices. For more on the program, watch this CRM Playaz clip from last week.
Finally, a pleasant piece of what I think might just be a fantasy but is, in a sort of "we are where we are" way, upbeat: Major League Baseball is contemplating how to begin the season in May with the approval of public health bodies. Read the game plan here. (Thanks to my brother Bob Greenberg, who is a rock star in the emergency management, first response world).
One of the very helpful and not really well-known lists is the list of EPA-approved household disinfectants and cleaners. These are, as of April 2, COVID-19-combat approved in a manner of speaking. They are the best to clean and disinfect and meet EPA standards. As of that date, there are 357 of them. You're bound to find at least one. It's a thorough list and is based on the ability of these items to beat viruses like COVID-19. Get it. You can export it as a PDF and order what you think you need. Some of the cleaners on the list will be hard to find or out of stock. Others are easier.
COVID-19 crisis: Humor and music
Each week I'm going to highlight two things: A wonderful show that you should all watch; and what I'm calling a Corona Cover -- a parody of a song that is attuned to the coronavirus and is either incredibly good and/or is good with a pretty great imitation of the group that originally did it. Here we go, with the always really nice and funny guy John Krasinski, as well as a parody by Adrian Grimes and Dana Jay Bein who are doing a Queen karaoke of Bohemian Rhapsody.
Show of the week
John Krasinski's SGN Episode No. 2. Not only is John Krasinski clearly a man with a good soul and connects well with the public, but he is outright funny in a self-deprecating way. What makes this episode so heartening is that it features a segment where the entire original cast of Hamilton (including the guy who plays Chunk on Bull, much to my surprise) does the opening number for a little girl who loves the musical.
I'd recommend you listen to the whole thing, but if you want to just listen to the Hamilton piece, it begins with Lin Manuel Miranda (another wonderful soul) talking to John K and Emily Blount at 10:37. But the whole thing is well worth watching. This one probably is going to outlast the pandemic.
Corona Cover of the Week
This is a sorta brutal but terrific Corona Cover of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody by some unknowns. It's both true and also insanely cleverly written. Plus, passable Queen (under the circumstances).
So, that's it for this week. Starting next week, if you have other hopeful news, please submit it to me at email@example.com (with the Subject: Hopeful News, so I can put it in the following week and attribute it to you).
Also, if you are interested in joining the CRM Playaz Happy Hour, here is the link to register. They will be almost every Thursday at 3:30pm EDT until the end of the year, though we reserve the right to cancel. There are 39 of them available, but this week (April 8) and next week (April 1) are sold out. The ticket is free, but we are limited to 15 people to keep from getting unwieldy and you have to register. Plus, your entry aside from registration requires that you have a liquid in a glass in your hand for the event (can be alcohol or not; water is fine; lens cleaning fluid is not). Register for April 22.