Coronavirus - The Scare and the Fact

I don't believe there is anybody with access to Media who has not heard about the Coronavirus pandemic we're living in. What I also believe is that it is necessary to separate the facts from the scare.

According to the CDC website, they say : 

"A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis."


So yes, the Coronavirus pandemic is serious, with an average 3 % mortality rate. I refer people to the CDC website for accurat information on the spread of the disease, symptoms to look out for and what to do if you suspect you might be infected.


People's reactions are in many cases, however, going above and beyond the realities of the pandemic. One could ask "Why?". This virus is a novel one, unidentified until now, with no known vaccine or 100 % effective treatment. In other words, we have no control over hwta happens - and us, lowly non-scientific humans, have even less control than those who are working day and night to find an effective cure. It is that lack of control that makes us afraid... And the same is true for many situations.


When we define anything, and give it a name, we always feel we are more in control. We believe we can define what happens moving forward because we believe we know what is happening now. But many times, our believe that we know what is happening is just an illusion, and even when it is not, it is not guarantee that we know what will happen moving forward.


As Human beings, we would like to define ourselves, being the pinnacle of creation, as "in control". Accepting that many times we are not, is something that shakes our sense of superiority over the rest of the animal kingdom. One particular Science Fiction writer captured this dilemma with particular mastery.


In "The War of the Worlds", H.G.Wells describes an alien invasion of Earth that is eventually twarted by... MICROBES. One of the smallest of life forms rescues Planet Earth from an alien invasion! Maybe we need to think more humbly about our role in this planet of ours; it might help to develop more respect for our biosphere...


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