Let me start off this post by saying that I do believe that the coronavirus is a real thing. Just look at the back of your Lysol can.
I also believe that the panic over this is real as well. But this panic isn’t being generated by the virus: it’s being generated by the media reporting on the virus.
The media doesn’t pay nearly as much attention to those people who have died from the flu. But if you give a disease a fancy name like ‘coronavirus’, you can make some pretty splashy headlines and cause a worldwide panic at the same time.
Take some headlines I’ve read online about Italy banning kissing. The headlines, in general, read ‘Italy to ban kissing and handshakes.’ But once you get into each of the articles, they either say that Italy is ‘advising’ against kissing and handshakes or they are ‘comtemplating’ a ban on both.
Quite a different picture painted inside the story than the headline reads.
As I’m writing this, there are approximately 111,362 confirmed cases of coronavirus. Of those cases, 3,892 people have died and 62,392 have recovered.
An article published on February 3, 2020, reported that 10,000 people have died so far this flu season with close to 19 million contracting it.
That’s a heck of a lot more people affected by the flu than those affected by the coronavirus.
The media (and others) predicted doom and gloom with the West Nile virus, German measles, swine flu, Ebola, SARS, H1N1, etc.
And none of these have come to pass.
If anyone from the media reads this, you’re to blame for the panic that is occurring in the stock market, the grocery stores and the streets.
You’re to blame for retail businesses going under because people chose to stay home instead of shopping; you’re to blame for panic in the grocery stores over food and toilet paper; you’re to blame for people buying all of the face masks (that will actually do nothing to keep you from getting the virus).
You’re to blame and I hope you’re happy with yourselves.
For those suffering from fear about the coronavirus, there are things you can do to protect yourself:
- Eat right and get plenty of rest
- Stay hydrated.
- Take extra vitamin C, vitamin D, and zinc.
- Wash your hands after using the bathroom (duh!) or after coming home from running errands such as grocery shopping, etc.
- Skip the hand sanitizers unless absolutely necessary. Some viruses are mutating to resist the effect of hand sanitizers. And there are nasty chemicals in them other than alcohol.
Finally, don’t be afraid to live your life. Go out and visit your local mall or restaurant. Visit family and friends. Don’t let a self-aggrandizing media make you live in fear.