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    Covid-19 (Novel Coronavirus) - Effects on the production industry
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    After ravaging China, it seems like Covid-19 has an international foothold and will likely be a part of a lot of people's daily lives until a vaccine can be found. I'm wondering how this situation might impact those of us in video production. There has already been a lot of talk about the expected slowdown in camera releases as well as supply chain issues. A couple of the annual tradeshows may even be cancelled. But for those of us who already have a kit and are making a living in production, what challenges might we be facing?

    I have been watching news coverage of some of the hoops that people in China are jumping through to minimize the spread of this virus.

    If that's what it takes to deliver a pizza, what does crewing a shoot with actors/presenters/subjects look like if we get to that level of proliferation? What kind of safety measures can/should/must we take? Are we taking the cast/crew's temperatures throughout the day? Will this lead to new set positions in charge of decontaminating surfaces? Will clients expect to monitor from home? What happens to travel shoots? How can Hair and (especially) Make Up minimize risks to themselves?

    And some BIGGER questions:

    Will the demand for videos/commercials/films dwindle while we deal with this health hazard? Are there any opportunities here? Is there anything that we are positioned to do with our craft to help others?

    Clearly, no one here knows what is going to happen. Maybe there's a new vaccine in a month or two, and everything goes back to normal. I'll bet some of you have some thoughts on the matter. Maybe some of you are even taking steps to prepare for the coming months. Please share your thoughts/ideas/concerns. And stay safe out there.
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    I've had two shoots cancelled already.
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    I hope this is a wake-up call and manufacturing becomes a lot more diversified and hopefully even brings more back domestically. As we have gotten more “advanced” as a society, we are more and more living on the razors edge. Everything is so fragile, now. One bad thing happening in the wrong part of a country and everything can come to a screeching halt. Just look at the other year when we had a hurricane and flooding in some places and in the blink of an eye it’s almost impossible to find bottled water anywhere in the country and fuel becomes in short supply, as well. And Lord help us when something takes the internet and/or cell service down. A few weeks ago, we were driving back from a shoot a few hours away and without warning, Verizon had essentially a massive blackout/failure on the east coast for roughly 30 mins(never saw it reported, but found maps showing it afterwards). We were on the highway and knew where we were going, but just think about it, because of how much we rely on our phones for everything, now. No ability to make or receive texts or phone calls. No email. No map apps(unless you have the maps DL’d), no music or whatever streaming, etc. 20-25 years ago, no big deal, but today...


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    Event / experiential / live streaming projects are affected, along with conferences, and corporate gatherings. Film festivals and award shows are also going to be affected. All primary and secondary video business these generate will go away.



     

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    According to CDC, 80,000 died from flu in the US in 2017-18.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DLD View Post
    According to CDC, 80,000 died from flu in the US in 2017-18.
    True, but misleading. If Coronavirus were spread as widely as the flu, it would kill several million people in the US alone. Its fatality rate is twenty times higher than the flu.
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    That is about the same as traffic deaths and 2,6 times gun violence deaths. And less than the 1.294.000 people who died of cardiovascular disease. in 2017-2018

    Influenza and Pneumonia 50.000.

    But it is hard to predict the future.

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    It's going to be a rough year economically. Vaccines take time to test and approve. Most experts have said we're at least a year out from being able to give mass vaccinations. And that's if a vaccine can even work on this virus. Some coronaviruses only cause limited immunity after you recover that lasts only a couple months. It's a very real possibility that this could be a virus like the flu that recurs every year and becomes a new reality we have to deal with. Containment seems to work to a degree, but few governments can take the draconian measures they took in China. Trying to do that in the US would probably end in folly.
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    Our industry's equipment supply chain has already been impacted.

    I just received my first formal letter from a major global vendor last week indicating that Coronavirus has already impacted their ability to continue supplying equipment.
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    Covid-19 is dangerous because people become infectious before symptoms appear. Other than that it is like a bad flu. People in poor health or with compromised immune systems are most at risk of dying.


     

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