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Adventures in Panickland

Be afraid. Be very afraid…

The Old Folkerie where my dear friends are dwelling these days has locked itself down. Staff are so terrorized by the covid-19 scare that you have to pass a test to get in the door!

Welp, they needed some grocery items and their cat was out of food, too. So I added a side trip to Safeway onto my planned junket to AJ’s.

Holeee maquerel… Shelves were empty in every department. For every rack of shelves, at least one shelf was empty.

Couldn’t get the cat’s preferred cuisine, so bought something else and then searched for it at AJs. Not carried there. Thank gawd I know how to cook Ruby’s food, though plenty of the commercial stuff is presently in-house. And thank gawd my roommate is a dawg, not a cat.

AJ’s, because it’s a spectacularly overpriced specialty store, was not overrun. But the Safeway was maxed. At one point the manager came on the intercom and announced that they were running out of bags and would people please forego bags if they could possibly just put their purchases in their car or if they didn’t have many purchases. I have a lot of grocery bags in the garage, because I use them to pick up after the dog. So I’ll probably take a few fistfuls up to the store for them to re-use.

All public schools in the city are closing (which may not make much difference for the kids’ education but does make a difference for the poor little guys and gals who get their only full meal at school). Some churches have closed. I believe (but do not know) that All Saints contemplated whether they should close in this week’s emergency meeting, but so far they have not done so. Apparently they’re going to move most or all of the school’s instruction online. The church itself is staying open, though.

However, our choir director has told us that choir members who feel they should absent themselves may do so without consequences. And given that I’m im the middle of the allegedly most vulnerable age range, I guess I’ll have to take him up on that. {sigh}

The high hysteria, though, is not surprising, given  the amount of screaming and yelling from the news media. This evening we learn that EEEEEEKKKK! AWWWKKKK! OMIGAWD!!!!! 12 CASES OF COVID HAVE POPPED UP IN ARIZONA!  Heavens to Betsy!!!!! 

Twelve cases. Arizona has a population of 7.38 million, as of 2020. That’s less than 1%. Microscopically less than 1%.

Meanwhile, call up and you find 53 stories about the covid-19 flap and 20 (count ’em, twenty) on all other topics. That’s not including the sidebar content, which also is preoccupied with the supposed plague. No wonder people are obsessed with this stuff.

Don’t allow yourselves to be panicked, folks. Humanity has been through worse, and we’ve survived. Just keep clean and stay out of public places.

5 thoughts on “Adventures in Panickland”

  1. There is nothing left on the shelves in grocery stores in the Houston area. The stores have limited the hours they’re open to attempt restocking shelves, but it seems to be a losing battle.

    My brother is a doctor at a large hospital in another state. We have been getting text messages non-stop from people wanting to know if he thinks it’s as dangerous as the news presents and if they really need to isolate at home. He says reported cases are likely orders of magnitude lower than actual cases because so many places do not have the test kits needed to test for it (his hospital still has not received test kits). Johns Hopkins estimates there could be as many as 500,000 cases already within the US. He also remarks that people in the US have so little regard for others that the only way to make people act in ways that benefit the community (ie social distancing) is to make them believe they are personally at risk.

    • It’s a nationwide panic.

      And the possibility that this is a deliberately manufactured panic designed to manipulate people’s behavior? That’s pretty horrifying, Inexcusable, really.

      I’ll bet Johns Hopkins’ estimate is actually low, because in the US awareness of this disease was nil until very recently. Some experts believe the virus has been in the country for quite some time. And in fact, I’d put money on it that the bronchitic epizootic I enjoyed in October/November was this covid thing: the symptoms and progress of the disease exactly matched what is described by clinicians now. Picked it up in the Mayo’s ER, which also adds up: a) if you were that sick, you’d go to an ER, and b) people in Scottsdale, who frequent the Mayo, are affluent enough to travel to China and other points east.

      • I agree with your suspicion that you had the virus last year. I’m so glad you came through it without being hospitalized.

  2. I really hope that by people “panicking” enough to stay home and stay clean that this all turns out to be much less worse than it could be, so much so that people think they “panicked for nothing.” better to be overprepared and successful.

    in SE PA, schools are closed for 2 weeks (Easter is when Spring break begins) and all libraries and goverment agencies are closed. most malls are closed. it’s going to be interesting.

    • I surely do hope so, too!

      Here, too, schools are shutting down, libraries closing. It’s a huge distruption.

      On the other hand, we’re told interest rates are dropping to zero. This could be a good time to buy a car…assuming you can find someone who’s staying open long enough to sell one.

      There certainly is an element of “better safe than sorry” entailed in all this flapping. But surely, SURELY the American public is not SO stupid that they have to be worked up into a hysterical frenzy to achieve “better safe.” That seems to be what we’re seeing: hysteria.

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