Coronavirus … Panic or Pandemic?

Coronavirus

Does anyone remember the words of FDR:  “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”?

I wonder what he’d say today in light of the current state of PANIC over the coronavirus…

The coronavirus has absolutely dominated the news for the past couple of weeks. Travel has come to a standstill, states are forcing businesses to close, and some parts of the country are already under quarantine. Millions of people are out of work and panicked shoppers have left grocery store shelves bare.

Check out the photos that I took in our local grocery store yesterday. This was the bread aisle, but most of the other aisles were also barren.

If you’ve been to the grocery store lately, you’ve probably seen something similar. The impact on our social lives and the global economy has been massive, especially in the first few weeks of March. Major events have been postponed, thousands of businesses have been forced to close, and the stock markets have taken a major blow.

In an attempt to help slow the spread of the virus, health officials have asked people to practice “social distancing,” where we avoid group events and contact with one another as best we can. Several major sport leagues, including the NBA, MLB, NHL, and Champions League have postponed their seasons indefinitely. The NCAA basketball tournament known as March Madness was originally going to play the games without fans in attendance but has decided to scrap the tournament altogether.

More recently, state and local governments have issued emergency orders banning bars, restaurants, gyms, and other social gathering places from remaining open. Many of these went into effect at midnight on March 17th, dealing a huge blow to the hospitality industry just before St. Patrick’s Day.

In the midst of all that’s happening in the world, there is one underlying disease: FEAR.

People are panicking … begging the government to protect and save them.

But here’s the question few people seem to be asking…