Editor, Look, here’s the deal. The coronavirus is not the plague and we’re not all going to die, at least not yet. More people will die from more causes than the coronavirus will ever touch.

The important thing is to believe and to trust that this is not worth panicking about. We don’t need to all buy face masks. We don’t need to hoard food and stock up as we did for the Year 2000 scare.

We’ve seen things like this come and go. If we’ve been around long enough, we’ve seen the fallout shelters that were supposed to protect us from nuclear attack. We went through the drills and got under our desks.

We’ve bought every fear that’s been peddled to us and took whatever extravagant precautions as we were told. And now, here we are.

We’re told the world is going to end in twelve years because of climate change. We’ve scared the children. We’ve frightened them into believing that they have no future and for what? Who are we to have divined these truths? Do we really know that?

Why not instead take a page from common sense and realize that this is not the first time that we’ve all been driven to believe that the end is near, that we’re on the verge of some great apocalypse, that our time is up, that it’s over.

Well, I think not. Just settle down and take things as they come. This like all other things shall pass and when it does, we’ll look back on this and wonder what all the fuss was about. I say, take every day as it comes. Go news free for a week or two if that will help. Stop paying attention to the media.

Enjoy the day. Be grateful. Treat each other well. Be good. Take care of yourself. And if you want to do something, cover your mouth when you cough and wash your hands. It’s not all that bad. Relax. Life is good.

Avery Freauxbischer

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C-Tay

What an irresponsible letter.

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