No. Well yes and no. Definitely not enough to justify assaulting members of the community over toilet paper.
The Coronavirus is now becoming a pandemic. It is spreading rapidly outside of China, and no nation is safe from the risks. I wrote an article at the end of January (https://thelevinelowdown.com/2020/01/30/coronavirus-should-we-be-worried/) calling for calm, however; back then, there were only 7000 confirmed cases. Now there are over 100,000.
We don’t need to panic, but we must be careful and cautious. Only 3.4% of reported Coronavirus case have resulted in death. Moreover, deaths are five times more common among people with diabetes and high blood pressure, and evidence of death for individuals under 40 are almost negligible.
The two main reasons for concern is the impact on the elderly and the ease of transmission. These are areas which we must be focusing our attention on, not whether your favourite sporting team will be postponed this weekend or whether you have enough toilet paper in house to last a five-year war.
The elderly are most at risk of contracting Coronavirus and also dying from the virus. This is a problem for grandchildren, children, and care workers who may contract the virus and then pass it on to an elderly connection. We must be careful in these circumstances and ensure that we are healthy before interacting with the older generation.
The ease of transmission has been presented over the past few days, due to the increase in cases by individuals who have not travelled to China. There are simple steps to overcome this issue that doesn’t require complete panic. These steps include washing your hands, avoiding people who are coughing and sneezing, and trying not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth. Also, maintaining a robust immune system is vital in protecting yourself, and it is as simple as eating well, drinking water, and getting enough sleep at night.
The coronavirus outbreak is going to get worse. As countries in the Southern Hemisphere enter into winter, there is a higher risk of transmission, and it may take many, many months until the virus is controlled.
In response to this week’s ridiculous events in Australian supermarkets, involving two individuals now having a criminal record of toilet paper, I feel like my ending remark should be firmer than usual.
Protect yourself AND others. There is no time for stupidity.