Apparently, novelle coronavirus, or NCV-19 or 2019-new corona virus are all now unacceptable, and the official, non-racist, non-partisan, non-chauvinist name is “COVID-19). I still like the nickname Beer Flu coined by a relative.
Anyway, as I read and hear the news, including that from various alternative and libertarian websites and course, I see the panic ramping up.
That is, of course, to be expected. Not only is this a matter of “never let a crisis go to waste” and “seize the opportunity.” It is also a product of the years of warning and the natural human urge to make everything into a conspiracy.
That said, I just received these two posters from my contacts in the emergency response community:
You can download the full size at this link.
I have been unable to locate this chart newer than Thursday the 13th, but it seems to be accelerating. The result, at least in some Chinese cities, is this: morgues filled to overflowing with bodybags.
More directly, (altthough indirect in its action) we here in the Fifty States are going to be hit hard economically. Although the WaPo has analyzed this (you can see a reposting at the Nation Thailand website without having a WaPo subscription), libertarian and anarchist outlets, including Laissez Faire, are saying much the same thing. Except when they are more dire in pointing out the opportunities for China and other governments (including the FedGov here in the Fifty States) to put the screws on people more and more.
Are we panicking too much? Probably. But preparation and prevention are still necessary. Not just medical, but economic and social. And better to prepare too much and not enough.