…we’ve got plenty of toilet paper in Boise, Idaho.
Addendum – March 13, 2020: Idaho’s first case of coronavirus has just been confirmed. While an Oregon doctor said that 82% of cases are mild, there is also information about how it is different from the flu.
This is off the cuff. No research (or damn little) involved. I’ve been listening to the hysteria over coronavirus for weeks it seems. No cases in my little corner in the world, but I can’t ignore that thousands have died. I also can’t ignore that this isn’t anything like Stephen King’s The Stand, either.
Look, I’m sorry actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson contracted the virus while on a trip to Australia, but on the other hand, being celebrities doesn’t mean they are any more victims than the rest of the world.
My Mom turns 88 this year, so she is part of the population at great risk of death if she contracts the disease. Of course, the independent living facility she’s in is taking all kinds of precautions, including limiting visitors (no Thursday night dinners with her until further notice).
Yes, a pandemic is serious but not the end of the world, at least not for most of us.
Heck, this comparison chart makes it sound like getting the flu (which can also be pretty serious) is worse than the coronavirus symptoms.
The fact remains that, according to this story:
“Describing the situation as a pandemic does not change WHO’s assessment of the threat posed by this coronavirus. It doesn’t change what WHO is doing, and it doesn’t change what countries should do,” Dr. Tedros said.
“We have rung the alarm bell loud and clear,” he said.
While declaring the coronavirus a pandemic can sound scary, a pandemic classification is more about how a disease spreads than its severity. Essentially this just means that the disease has been popping up in many countries, not that it’s getting worse.
Also, these sorts of events usually progress in a bell curve, and in China, coronavirus may have already peaked. This isn’t going to get worse and worse until we all die.
Yes, take it seriously, but you don’t have to horde toilet paper and six-packs of beer like it’s about to be the second coming.
Meanwhile, if you feel like your bathroom supplies are getting a little thin, come to Boise. We have toilet paper.