I do not intend to play light on the seriousness of the Coronavirus pandemic here. However, we do need to keep a perspective and that isn’t always easy when we are being force-fed bad news and wild speculation by the news media, social media, and even elected and bureaucratic “leaders”.
Yes, the virus is highly contagious. Yes, the mortality rate for those that are infected can reach upwards of 2%. Yes, it tends to hit hardest those that are most vulnerable. And, yes, people are overreacting in many cases as evidenced by panic buying.
But, a few notes to ponder in an effort to get a more balanced grip on this issue may be in order.
Pandemics have been around since the bubonic plague and long before. Many have been far more deadly than the current one.
Some, supposedly knowledgeable people, have spread the idea that this pandemic will last for 18 months or longer. There is no evidence to support this theory and the limited history to date would indicate a 3-5 month duration.
Yesterday. Italy reported 680 deaths due to the virus. Between 1500 and 2200 people die every day in Italy for non-virus causes. That relationship to the population if applied to the U.S. would indicate that 7500-11,000 people die daily from non-virus causes and I’ve seen no projections that the virus will lead to anything like that mortality rate.
As the old saying goes, “Every cloud has a silver lining”. Perhaps this one does too.
Just perhaps families will get a renewed appreciation of “family” due to the forced stay at home conditions.
Just perhaps people will see the need to always have reserves to be ready for any “storm” that may come along, not waiting for a crisis to act.
Just perhaps our governments and agencies will see that a focus on spending assets on medical research and preparedness and human security is more important than on bullets and bombs.
Just perhaps, people will understand the importance of border control and using our social safety nets to protect our citizens vs. anyone that comes into our country illegally.
Just perhaps our government and our large companies will see the benefits of being more self-reliant and less dependent on other countries that may not have our best interests at heart.
Just perhaps, we will all be tougher, more self-reliant, and more focussed on what is important in life and less concerned about having the biggest house, or the most expensive car in the neighborhood.
And, just perhaps we will get a stronger grip on the importance of nurturing the soul and a focus on our mortality.
Just my thoughts. What are yours?