Stanley Newman: Retired and Quarantined in Coronavirus


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Stanley Newman is now retired and lives with his wife in a condo. Economically the pandemic is affecting him only on paper. Those assets unless you need the income from the assets, they don’t affect your lifestyle. However, he knows he is one of the lucky ones because it is affecting many other people. He is sad about his inability to see his grandchildren and family close-up. He did a Zoom passover so he tries to stay in contact. It’s easy to get depressed so he keeps relatively busy taking courses and reading. It’s important to stay with routines.

He feels that low income people are probably most affected by the coronavirus pandemic for reasons he discusses. He says government can make an edict to go back to work, but, unless people have to work, people may not do it unless they feel comfortable that they are not threatened by the virus. People may be wary of crowds, and the economy will have a hard time coming back unless there is a vaccine that is reliable.

Testing isn’t the only answer because you can be tested negatively and get the virus the next day. It doesn’t prevent you from getting the virus. What’s important is if you test people and they are positive, you can quarantine them and then trace their contacts.

The question is whether the coronavirus pandemic will change our perception of how the society distributes income and access to housing and healthcare.  The politics of the country really does matter. Maybe people will rethink the role of government.

About nanmckay

Nan has been President of Nan McKay and Associates, Inc. since 1980. She started Nan McKay Connects LLC in 2019 and has started 4 other businesses over the last 50 years. She has received numerous awards including the Allan Anderson Award of Merit from Minnesota National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, the Section 8 Administrators Award, in 2018 the National Association of Women Business Owners’ (NAWBO) Signature Award for Southern California, and in 2019 she was selected by NAWBO as the California Woman Business Owner of the Year. She was co-founder of Minnesota Women in Housing and has served on the Board of Directors for the National Leased Housing Association for many years. She has two buildings named after her in Minnesota, a 10-story elderly high-rise, the Nan McKay Building, and a family subsidized development, McKay Manor. Nan now hosts four podcast shows featuring stories of women empowerment, oral history makers of affordable housing and community development, and stories of ordinary people coping with COVID-19 pandemic.;

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