Why Are We So Worried About the Coronavirus?

By the time that this article is published, it will March of 2020 and most of us can agree that the start of 2020 has been…we’ll say unpredictable and unforgivable. However, the talk of 2020 has turned to a conversation about this virus that some people feel is going to lead to the end of the world. Folks…the world isn’t ending because of the Coronavirus.

I firmly believe that we as a society should be worried for the elderly, as the mortality rate for anyone over the age of 80 is at 18 percent, and for those who ages are between 70-79 the rate is 8 percent according to Worldometer’s website. However, this is something that is typical of the flu season in the US, which has caused more than 26 million people to get sick and about 14,000 to die from it.

So, why the panic? Shouldn’t we be worried about the flu much more than this virus? Well, with this strain of the Coronavirus there is no vaccine, and it will take time before we see one according to the BBC. Most likely, we’ll see Christmas before we see a vaccine, but then it’s an issue of mass producing it. That’s why we see a ton of media coverage about this, and why the eventual government response seems like it’s all gloom and doom for everyone.

Ultimately, this is what I think about the Coronavirus. Yes, people should be taking note about this and preparing, especially if this virus does become more wide spread like the CDC is predicting currently. I would recommend that you individually keep an eye on it, but you don’t need to worry as much as they want you to worry. Don’t stop your life, just like you wouldn’t for the flu. Wash your hands, cover your mouth, etc. and we will be fine.