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I Don't Get the T.P. Frenzy

I've been trying to remain calm amidst the insanity surrounding the coronavirus, but Jeepers Creepers! people need to stop and take a breath. Yes, the virus is serious. Yes, we need to take reasonable precautions. But we don't need to buy 400 rolls of toilet paper or wear a gas mask to speak to a neighbor across the street. (I don't get the T.P. frenzy. Why TP? If you don't have food, you won't be needing it.)


And we don't need to have every single media outlet focus on the latest virus "news" 24/7 and scaring people to the point that they can't think straight.  Fear doesn't help anybody. Fear is dangerous. When people are frightened, they are easy to persuade to do things they would not normally do. Frightened people are willing to accept unacceptable behavior from their government and other authority figures. Why does Putin need a warship, for example, to deliver "medical supplies" to the US? Since when has Russia been at the forefront of medical supplies? Oh, perhaps since there are trillions of dollars to be doled out due to the virus. 


Another thing the media might want to highlight.  What about the impressive survival rate?  Why aren't the media talking about how many people have survived the virus? In my county here in New Mexico, there have been 1845 cases - 55 deaths and 487 recoveries, so far.  Obviously, your chances of surviving the virus are better than your chances of dying from it. 


Why aren't the "journalists" talking about keeping things in perspective? There are about 331 million Americans. Our government reports on mortality for show that about 3,000,000 of us die each year. At least 600,000 of us die EACH YEAR from heart disease. Cancer kills another 600,000. COPD and strokes take another 320,000. Taking prescription medications as directed kills 128,000.  Alzheimer's - 122,000. Diabetes - 85,000.  Flu & pneumonia - 59,000.  (Please don't send me angry comments about  my math - I rounded to the nearest 1000 to keep things simple). 


Compared to those statistics, the Coronavirus numbers are tiny. Minuscule even. 42,000 deaths to date.Those lives matter, of course. And I feel tremendous sympathy for their loved ones. But we need to stop freaking out and start thinking logically.  The Coronavirus deaths to date equal roughly .00126 percent of our population.  The top ten killers take about .09 percent. 


Chemical/biological warfare is a reality today. Instead of spending all our time and money on this one virus, we need to be looking at the bigger picture of how we can protect our country against similar threats - and new ones that we haven't yet considered. And if we don't protect our voting rights and process, we may not have a country to worry about - at least, not a country that we will recognize as ours. 


Bankrupting thousands or millions of Americans is not going to fix anything. And there are many towns and counties where not a single virus case has surfaced. Yet most of the small businesses in those places are being crushed - many beyond recovery. What good does it do to take measures to survive a virus that may never appear if it means the people will be impoverished forever once people decide that it's safe to breathe again?


Why can't we do what some countries have done to successfully combat the virus - put the responsibility where it belongs - on the people. If we use our heads and consider everybody's health and well-being, we could avoid a lot of the collateral damage that is occuring right now. 


OK. I have had my say. 


Oh, no. Wait. I forgot one thing. Some people laugh at the idea of positive thinking, but I believe (based on experience and research) that your mental outlook has a tremendous affect on your health. If you think about illness all the time, you have a much higher chance of becoming ill. If you focus on maintaining a healthy body and mind, you have a much better chance of enjoying good health.  


I wish you good health, peace, calm, compassion and moments of intense joy.  

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