Its weird. In so many ways this is a disaster and tragedy that I feel likely to come out of it ok or better.
My job is safe. I am working from home at nearly full productivity (only losing the ability for certain FTF meetings). In fact this has been somewhat of an opportunity. Due to the virus there has been a large seasonal shift in products, and I have been more or less coordinating things from the tech side for creation enterprise software. And my systems feed directly into the software that sources data for online retail, which has seen a huge spike. Because of this I have been on daily nails and calls with director and above level people. And I have been getting multiple call outs a week from directors, in fact my teams work was called out in a recent earnings call for the executives. Plus there has been opportunities to expand my teams contract within the org (I am an employee for a contracting company large companies hire to run enterprise systems). So not only is my job safe, I am very likely to wind up with a promotion on the back end of this.
We lost some savings, but are in our 30’s, and have significant cash savings holdings we can transition into the market once things reach equilibrium. This in part due to selling our house in Chicago last year. So financially we are a wash, or possibly even better, as we have liquid assets we can convert to index funds in the coming months.
My wifes job has dried up, and that hurts. And the company she was interviewing with, literally the week before quarantine, has a hiring freeze. So that opportunity may vanish. But her income is 1/3 mine, and only needed for non critical. Without it we would have to adjust, but essentials are covered in mine.
We are also all in good health, no complicating conditions, or respiratory weakness. Realistically we should be ok if we caught it. Don’t wan’t to roll those dice, of course, but statistically unlikely to have problems (at 35, and in excellent cardiovascular health due to runner, my risk is the highest. At not very).
We also moved last year to Oregon, and the situation is far better than our neighbors, or where we moved from. Despite being one of the first states with confirmed cases, our growth has been slower. Still about 11% day over day. So not great, but we are just at 1000 cases. So quarantine may have worked.
I am extremely thankful. Honestly I feel a bit guilty as I recognize how many people are suffering in their jobs, and I feel like this is likely to help mine.
So we are doing some things. My wife is pumping for another local mother who has a medical condition that prevents her from breast feeding. We are eating out more, since we hardly did before. Once a week getting take out from a local chain. We don’t beed to, but want to try and help the local economy as we can. And a few other small things. We basically plan on spending all of our stimulus (minus a percentage for taxes) in the next few months to do our part to help the local economy, especially small businesses. So nows the time to check out the local brewery I’ve always meant to.
Its weird and complicated.