I'm not buying any of it!The flaw in your logic is that this virus is new to us and as such it may be more or less of a problem than it already is. A few things that are known is that it spreads easily, the mortality rate is much, much higher than the flu for those who contract it, and there is no vaccine available. It gets to run its course before the contracted either get well, or die.
While I won't deny that the news industry is not likely to let a good crisis go to waste, I do believe that an over-abundance of caution with this is wise, at least until more is known about it. It has already mutated at least once and the newest strain is much more problematical for us than the original. If we chalk the "crisis" up to simple greed on the part of the news industry and let our guard down as a result there's a good chance it could get out of hand and be a true crisis, much quicker than anyone anticipates, and possibly more quickly than we can effectively deal with.
At this point I think that erring on the side of caution is the wise move. Especially for the older folks who have already been proven to be more susceptible to dire consequences.
I think due diligence is in order, but I agree that the media is whipping this up into something it is not. Hysteria isn't beneficial. Education is, IMO. So IMO, should we sit back and let it happen and avoid any and all precaution against spread and infection. I, like you, don't think that wise. Falsely induced panic will only serve to create a situation ending in some wrong doing. I will bet that at some point, some poor bugger gets shot because he/she was sick ... maybe not even with COVID-19. Remain calm and logical has far more benefit for the masses.3% is about 4.5 times the mortality rate of the flu, which is .7%. It is serious. I'm not arguing that they're hyping this to earn ratings and revenue, I am saying that in hindsight them doing so just might prove to be a blessing in disguise. Time will tell.
The CDC reported that this season, the predominant flu virus is influenza A (H1N1).According to the most recent report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), among the roughly 34 million people who have suffered from the flu this season, 20,000 have died. Influenza A viruses were the most commonly reported, as opposed to the usual predominance of Influenza B. 136 deaths of children have been reported; the CDC noted, “rates among school aged children and young adults are higher at this time than in recent seasons and rates among children 0-4 years old are now the highest CDC has on record at this point in the season, surpassing rates reported during the second wave of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.
NO FAIR, can't ride here yet!Well, I don't know where all the panic is.
Articles I'm reading state that ppl are hoarding TP , & hand sanitizer is going for
hundreds of dollars a bottle.
Went grocery shopping today, plenty of both on their respective shelves, at the usual prices.
That being said, I guess I'm a prime candidate to get the virus.
Late 60s, with Pulmonary problems already.
So, just in case I do get it, I made sure to put 125 miles on the bike today.
Sunny, and depending where I was, upper 60s to lo 70s.