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Holy Week or Pearl Harbor Week?

The timing could not be more propitious. Bookended by Palm Sunday yesterday and Easter Sunday next Sunday, believers are celebrating the “death of death” with the resurrection of their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

The Surgeon General of the United States, on the other hand, is calling the week ahead our “Pearl Harbor” week, or our “9/11” week, in remembrance of the surprise attacks on our country by its enemies.

He expects that the coming peak in coronavirus deaths, expected either this week or next, to be “the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives.” He told Fox News on Sunday:

This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it’s not going to be localized. It’s going to be happening all over the country. And I want America to understand that.

It’s already hard on small businesses. Polls conducted among small business owners the third week of March by Ipsos and Harris are showing the damage already being done to small businesses by the coronavirus shutdown.

Ipsos’s poll of 500 small business owners and operators with 19 or fewer employees (most of them running businesses with zero to four employees) between March 25 and March 28 – conducted via email since many business owners weren’t answering their phones – showed that a quarter of them have already shut down temporarily while another quarter are expected to close by the middle of April.

Worse, four out of ten owners think they have less than six months until the shutdown forces them to close their businesses permanently.

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