Pandemic Dashboard: 3

Unanticipated Consequences

Accidents down, so insurance companies refunding some premiums. Billboard advertising down because nobody out to look at them. Crime down.

Beyond Fat and Lean

Food getting tossed at farms while people face shortages. Toilet paper panic is partly legit because office/commercial toilet paper supply chain is different.

The Great Indoors

Not everything about it is great. Domestic violence becomes easier. LA police emphasizing shelter availability for victims.

Flattening the Curve

It actually seems to be working, but leaving this one red. We’re not yet into the dance part of hammer and dance.


Ventilators may be something of a red herring, since pneumonia seems to be a secondary effect, with primary deoxygenation coming from virus attacking hemoglobin.


BoJo in ICU, Trump trying to turn hydrochloroquine into a political option. My twitter thread on this. But nothing truly bad yet, outside Hungary perhaps. Elections in Wisconsin.

Financial Sector

The market seems to have kinda lost its head, chasing its own tail. I think the pace of events is too high for financial markets to respond in meaningful ways.


The PPE contest looks more like deviant globalization pirate-versus-pirate condition among nation states. Drugs too, with India under pressure to lift export ban on pharmaceuticals.

Normal Accidents

So far, no really big ones. Biggest one I’ve noted is the big fire burning cars at a Florida airport, from a wildfire. Presumably because a lot more cars were parked, and the airport was understaffed?

Virtual Culture

Now we have zoom bombing, trolls targeting video conferences of specific groups, etc. Not a super serious issue, just tech needing to catch up. Still.

Cringe Cultural Product

Tiger King is a peculiar sort of pandemic-friendly show. In India, the candelight vigil thing probably counts as cringe cultural product.

Social Justice

Poor and minority communities getting disproportionately affected. This might be a far bigger factor once the thing hits the developing world hard.


Hasidic Jews, Pentecostals, Tablighi Jamaat in India, weird cult in Korea. Traditional religious communities seem to have a uniformly worsening effect on the response.

Get Ribbonfarm in your inbox

Get new post updates by email

New post updates are sent out once a week

About Venkatesh Rao

Venkat is the founder and editor-in-chief of ribbonfarm. Follow him on Twitter