I’ve been looking for a way to write about the coronavirus situation… but without writing about it. Everyone and his dog is on the former bandwagon at the moment, and the last thing I want to do is to add to the general feeling of panic that seems to be setting in, as evidenced by the shortage of — of all things — toilet paper. I ask you, people: will you please get a grip? If you run out of toilet paper, there are a number of alternatives. I remember visiting my grandparents in France many years ago: they didn’t use toilet paper; they used newspapers. OK, so that might leave an inkstain on your bum, but that’s what bidets are for, I think?
Now, where was I? Oh, yes… I was over on the Climate Denial Crock of the Week website just now, and reading Peter Sinclair quoting Vox on Contagion:
In order to become sick […] you have to first come into contact with a sick person or something that they touched. In order to get scared, all you have to do is come into contact with a rumor, or the television, or the internet.
We currently have the dreaded superflu in the form of Covid-19, the latest in a series of coronaviruses (the US CDC lists seven). But arguably, a worse virus than that is the one that is affecting almost every aspect of the daily lives of the great majority of people on the planet, to wit: the fear of coronavirus. It’s stopping us thinking like humans and making us behave like sheep, as shown by the plummeting stock market and the aforementioned insane rush on luxury arse-wiping products.
Now, I don’t have a lot of respect for President Trump (in fact I think that he’s a total idiot); a lot of what he does and spouts is utter hogwash. But one aspect of his attitude to the current pandemic is, in my opinion, correct: he’s been trying to quell panic. Not very successfully, but then that’s just par for the course where he’s concerned.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t wash our hands. I’m not saying it’s a bad idea to consider ‘social distancing’. I’m not saying we shouldn’t listen to the ‘news’ (sic). What I am saying is what Bitter Ben says:
CHILL THE FRICK OUT AND STOP PANICKING
(Of course, if I should die from Covid-19, I’ll take it all back.)