It’s not very often that I write an opinion piece like this one on this site, but on this occasion, I feel the need to share my thoughts on an epidemic I’m sure you already know about.
The Coronavirus has been sweeping across the face of the Earth at a shocking rate. With nearly 100,000 confirmed cases and a few thousand deaths, as well as countries closing their borders in fear of it spreading, there’s no denying the fact that the virus has proven to be quite a formidable threat. That said, I do believe we need to calm down.
I’ve been doing some research on the Coronavirus over the past few days, and what I’ve seen thus far gives me the impression that the good majority of people are overreacting to it. Just the other day, it was reported that the entire hand disinfectant stock of pharmacies across Finland had been cleared out by worried individuals. Which, as far as I’m concerned, is one example of the whole thing being blown out of proportion.
Comparing the statistics of the Coronavirus against SARS, more people have been infected and killed by the Coronavirus, but at the same time, SARS is statistically 3-4 times more likely to kill you than the Coronavirus. The common cold killed 15-20 more people in the US during the 2018-19 flu season than the Coronavirus has so far, believe it or not. Then again, the common cold has a negligibly low mortality rate compared to the Coronavirus, but still, that statistic is something to consider.
A good majority of the people that have died of the Coronavirus so far have been elderly people and others at a generally higher risk. The virus hasn’t killed a single child under the age of 10 as of yet. There’s quite a significant chance that the virus will be no worse than a case of the common cold for the average human being.
Of course, everyone’s number one priority should be to avoid getting infected and prevent the spreading of the Coronavirus. That I’m not arguing against. But the armageddon mentality with which the Coronavirus is being regarded is frankly more dangerous than the virus itself. And even that is merely because the news media is being exceedingly alarmist about it. The astronomical level of concern about the Coronavirus is unnecessary, and the only thing it accomplishes is further increasing the fear about it.