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Warren Werbitt Says, “We Have Survived in the Past and We Will Survive This!”

Published on March 11, 2020

WhatTheyThink print evangelist Warren Werbitt addresses the coronavirus and its impact on industry events. Thanks to technology, it’s not just the virus that has spread, but the fear and paranoia that goes with it. Like all other viruses, we have to be cautious and be aware of our surroundings—but Warren also hopes that what doesn’t happen is that everyone’s fear drives them indoors, afraid to be around people. This virus is just another example of an ever-changing world that we must adapt to.

Feedback and questions for future episodes can be put in the comments below or email your private questions to Warren at warren.werbitt@gmail.com. Find him online at www.warrenwerbitt.com. 

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By Julie Shaffer on Mar 11, 2020

...and ISA is postponed now. It's hard to fight the giant snowball rolling at you down the hill, Warren. Seems like everyone's erring a whole lot on the side of caution and those of who put on events have the deal with how people feel about physical events - like it or not. Have fun in Vegas - if you have to quarantined, I guess the Wynn isn't that bad of a place to be.


By Stan Najmr on Mar 12, 2020

What is the purpose of this skit?

Der Spiegel reports:

An additional goal of the measures now being put in place is that of protecting higher risk groups from infection. Virologist Christian Drosten at Berlin's Charité university hospital recommends that families should cease relying on grandparents to care for their children until at least September or October. And efforts should be made to help grandparents and elderly neighbors with their shopping so that they don't have to go to the supermarkets themselves. Employers should do what they can to allow chronically ill employees to work from home if possible.
This is not a joke and we all should exhibit discipline and understanding rather than silly non-sense.


By Jerry Brown on Mar 12, 2020

Sorry, but that landed with a thud.


By Robert Godwin on Mar 13, 2020

Uhhhhhh...I just returned from a two week jaunt through Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, Netherlands and Florida.I used Skype, Zoom and Teams to video conference because all my appointments with Graphic Designers were cancelled because they chose to work at home rather than infect each other and families.
The virus is serious and countries are taking it seriously. Coming home to Santiago all passengers filled out a form that asked where you had been the past four days, in detail: which restaurant, what table, seat number on the airplane. Our temperatures were taken before going through customs.
I suggest you rethink your suggestion of "you just can't sit around".
Speaking candidly, you're giving bad advice.


By Dan Korn on Mar 13, 2020

I get trying to keep people's hopes up, but this is a bad take, in my personal opinion. Also, drupa was just postponed until next year.


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