Yes COVID-19 arrived early in my email inbox this morning when the news of RF Systems suspending all sales until March 25 shattering my radio world. All professional North American sports leagues from hockey to soccer postponed indefinitely. But late this afternoon a sliver of hope emerged against this apocalyptic back drop.
Scientists have shown that Amateur Radio operators are one of the lowest likely groups to suffer mass infections of COVID-19 due to a lifetime of practising Social-Exclusion. Yes the awkward lack of eye contact and physical contact is a huge asset to avoiding infection as is the hours of isolation in front of a glowing transceiver. Lack of hygiene is really not a factor here if the Ham has embraced the social isolation that is rampant in this hobby. The longer the contest or more complex the coding required for a new Raspberry Pi SDR the less likely over the next 7-14 days there will be any risk what so ever of the plague wiping out the ranks of Radiodom.
Sleep well my friends and CQ to save your life and, more importantly, the lives of others.