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Anonymous asked in News & EventsCurrent Events · 1 month ago

is this "Corona Virus" being made a bigger deal than it really is? if so, why? or why not?

seems like everyone now is buying those masks and buying a 3 month supply of rice and beans, and water. why? is this crazy or what?

how depends on country?

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  • 1 month ago
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    It is 2020 ...  Look at the news to answer your own question. When a Category 2 hurricane hits Florida, we have news anchors in canoes hanging out in mud puddles with giant red lettered graphics warning of impending disaster. Of course they're gonna make a bigger deal of it than it really is! Why do they do this? Because sensationalism sells. Paranoia drives ratings. 

     That being said, be reasonable and take reasonable precautions. Don't be one of these idiotic gas hoarding/food hoarding nincompoops who takes more than your share of valuable resources. But protect yourself and pay attention to the WHO and CDC reporting on the issue. Don't spend a lot of time listening to the talking heads. Just watch the data in a smart way. If it makes you feel better to buy some extra rice and beans and bottles of water... Sure. Having some extra supplies on hand in the event of an emergency isn't a bad idea anyway! 

    Just stay away from the conspiracy videos! 

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  • 1 month ago

    Those whose health is already compromised (particularly the elderly) and children with immature immune systems can die. It makes sense to take precautions, even self-isolation, if you are particularly susceptible.

    The big deal however is the likely impact on countries' and the global economy. That is already a major problem for China with towns on lock-down and factories shut. Now that is happening elsewhere, Northern Italy for example. Share prices are already tumbling in anticipation of a pandemic. The oil price has fallen because China is buying less.

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  • 1 month ago

    You wait until this latest virus impacts on your life and see whether you think it's a big deal or not.   The rate Coronavirus spreads is extremely dangerous and it seems headed to be a Pandemic already.  Buying supplies however, is unnecessary - food can still be delivered to the door of a family who has become infected.   The more people panic buy, the less food there will eventually be to go round.  And THAT is serious too.

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  • 1 month ago

    It is treated seriously as it spreads quickly and can give some people breathing problems, which could lead to death.  If our Governments don't stay on top of this situation, the virus could spread all over the world, decimating the populations of countries that don't have the infrastructure to deal with this situation.

    If our Health Advisers didn't take it seriously now and it spread all over our countries, people could sue them etc...

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