This story developed fast. Even a few weeks ago the so-called Coronavirus was a mere curiosity. Now, it is a pandemic that will touch the lives, seemingly, of everyone on the planet. Chances are you will not get sick from the virus, but that does not mean you have
nothing to worry about. The effects on the economy, for example, will assuredly make their way to you. A recession now seems like a given. Avoiding a depression might be a real challenge.
No Plan In Place Yet
If you have a Social Security disability claim pending, there is no clear direction forward at this point. I was at the hearing office yesterday and conducted four hearings. So, as of this writing, Social Security is open and doing business. That could change at any moment.
Shut All The Offices?
The possible responses to the pandemic include closing down the Social Security offices completely or finding new ways to get things done. For those with Social Security disability hearings pending, pay close attention to the news. One judge I spoke to yesterday said that Social Security could start conducting disability hearings by telephone, with all the participants in different locations.
Stay Safe While We Wait For Word
If you are scheduled for a hearing, as of now, plan on attending. In the meantime, follow all the recommendations from doctors, such as avoiding crowds and washing your hands.