The COVID19 virus needs to be contained, but media-whipped panic is counterproductive.
Here is my response:
It’s not in my area as yet. All the same, I see people wearing face masks (which have low efficiency in stopping infection; are useful for a contagious person to stop spreading it).
There is a run on toilet paper for a respiratory disease. Crazy.
If it comes here, about 1/25 of people exposed to it catch it. Either I will or I won’t. So what.
If I catch it, it’ll probably be mild, but if it’s severe, so what.
About 2% of those infected die from it. So, it probably won’t kill me. If it does, well, I need to die of something, why not that?
This is equanimity.
When you worry, when you imagine the worst and act as if it was already true, then you are sabotaging your immune system. When in the state of mind equanimity induces, of inner peace, your immune system works at its best.
So, yes, take reasonable, rational precautions, but… so what. We survive everything, even death.