In the midst of this current global crisis, I understand the fear of contracting this new virus of which we know little about and have no vaccine. But it is also a time for common sense.
Many of the folks fighting over the last bottle of hand sanitizer or the last package of toilet paper (which I clearly don’t get; what about CoVid19 demands a run on toilet paper?) are the same people who don’t routinely wash their hands after using a public restroom. Suddenly they become germaphobes. Schools and libraries close. Retirement homes are on lockdown. Everyone hunkers down in their homes, afraid to set one eyelash outside their own doors.
Fear can be a good thing; it can make us more aware and cautious. But I don’t know if such panic is warranted. According to Johns Hopkins;
COVID-19: Approximately 5,833 deaths reported worldwide; 57 deaths in the U.S., as of Mar. 15, 2020.*
Flu: 291,000 to 646,000 deaths worldwide; 12,000 to 61,000 deaths in the U.S. per year
Do stay safe and well out there and do take precautions, but don’t let fear and panic overtake your lives. Hopefully this crisis will pass soon and there will be a vaccine available to everyone.