Corona hysteria

What confuses me, fundamentally, about the Corona virus, is this:

Either it will become so widespread that we just won’t practically be able to avoid it, or, like seasonal flu, it will affect so few people that most of us just won’t ever come into contact with it.

All the reporting and even statements from the PM (since when is Boris Johnson considered an authority?) are going more towards the first option, but China seems to have managed to keep it under control.

It’s probably a good thing that people are hyper aware, because it will limit the spread, but… I don’t know, it just seems like there’s a lot of missing information. I think the confusion worsens my anxieties over the situation because it feels like the people in charge know something I don’t. Although I don’t think they really do…

8 thoughts on “Corona hysteria

  1. I have no idea what makes something newsworthy anymore, it’s like I live in a bubble of unreality now, no idea of what’s real or truth. It’s not even about perspective anymore, some of what we’re fed is just lies.
    I’m inclined to go with the second option. Flu is an awful thing to have, & especially dangerous to frailer people. In general though we survive whatever strains of cold & flu & whatever else are around each year.

    Maybe I’m just incapable of concern at the moment, floating around like a balloon, observing while disconnected.

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    1. The other thing is that it’s hard to get any feel for the meaning of the number of cases. There are currently less than 200 but more than 20,000 people have been tested… that’s 1000 people tested per case found… if we tested more people we’d probably find more. If we tested fewer, we’d have fewer reported cases.

      Then they’ll report that the cases are accelerating, but will the rate of testing be the same?

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