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How will you use your role to support the economic recovery of our region after COVID-19?

Between now and the availability of a vaccine in quantity—hopefully in 2021—we need to focus on preservation. Only when a vaccine is available can we begin to talk about recovery. For preservation of business infrastructure, we first need to get widespread social cooperation for mask use and other infection control practices. A widespread outbreak will result in customers voluntarily staying at home and switching to mail-order and other behaviors that will cripple businesses with the costs of staying open and the total disappearance of customers.

At this writing in mid-July, mask use and other infection control measures are far from universal, even though we’ve started exponential growth in COVID cases. The overwhelming majority of businesses are doing a great job, but some are ignoring mask use, and one supply chain business that I have observed could shut down an entire business segment.