Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Epidemics and mass panics, then and now

March 17, 2020 By Don Sucher

A friend living in Italy asked me, "Has your opinion of the seriousness of Covid-19 changed with events or are you still convinced it has been exaggerated?" It was a good and fair question. Here was my response:

"It is, in fact, both the same and different."

The same in that in my lifetime, I have seen similar viruses simply worked through. Nineteen fifty-eight's, for instance, and even the H1N1 virus in 2009. Yes, people got sick, and yes, some died. But both were accepted as part of human life, thus human life continued.

Today, everything is "OMG! It's the end of the world!" For, seemingly as never before, the supposedly "serious" media have a very clear and well articulated agenda, and that, along with the ever-present social media, has changed the pace of distribution of both accurate information and false rumors.

People are what they are. And based on what they are — taught (or untaught), experienced, and saturated with — that is how things must be until something changes people.............. Read more

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