Which virus is worse?

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.

CoronavirusWe 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:


(Of course, if I should die from Covid-19, I’ll take it all back.)

About peNdantry

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13 Responses to Which virus is worse?

  1. mistermuse says:

    The coronavirus is a curse
    but the Trump virus is worse
    in a certain respect (of which he has none),
    and will still cause pain when corona is done.

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  2. I remember using newspaper when I was a kid when we would run out of toilet paper. My dad just said use newspaper. My dad had 9 siblings and they just got used to running out of toilet paper a lot because he grew up poor. At his mom’s house they had a big yellow book (address book back in the day) and they used pages from that as toilet paper. There are also showers if people worry about what to do if they run out.
    Today in our city we have new cases showing up through community contact and we have family in northern Italy that are not doing so well with containing this virus. We try to do what we can but we still go out, for now that is. We went out today to some outdoor markets, very early before crowds came and then we left. I also am trying to live as normal a life as possible. Today was just too pretty to stay cooped up inside. Love this post, this is what we all need to read, thank you.

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  4. Well said, the biggest virus is that of the media spreading fear.. :-)

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  5. So much of what you’ve said I agree with. People need to get a grip. Of course, that’s difficult because so many no longer have common sense (thank tech for that as far as I’m concerned).

    I’m focusing on the positives. This pandemic may make people become more creative and compassionate (as evidenced for a short while after 911). Look to our elders who, yes, used newspapers and catalogs for toilet paper. (We have become a spoiled, helpless, pampered society.) Just think, no one will have to haul out junk mail anymore. I saw a video of Italians singing from their balconies while quarantined. Music is relaxing. Singing is community.

    People need to stop listening to the media who is hyping up the panic and even using it for political motives in the U.S. People need to turn it off to stop freaking out. It’s not that difficult to be prepared, although with the lack of common sense some are and will be at a disadvantage — but not the middle aged and elderly who are more self (not tech) reliant (but at greatest risk).

    And yes, I’ve appreciated President Trump’s attempts to keep everyone calm and focus on the solution. Unfortunately, there are other government officials who can’t even work together in a time like this. Truly, that disgusts me.

    In the end, the pendulum always swings and while it may cut deep with this virus, we may have a chance at restoring humanity.

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  6. But people no longer have newspapers! Only epapers. You can’t wipe with that.
    Here. Here.
    See you on the flip side.

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  7. Rivergirl says:

    The virus is a huge news story, I get it. But when all the networks try to outdo the other with the best “the sky is falling and we’re all going to die” soundbite? There’s a global shortage of toilet paper.
    And no good can come of that…..

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