I don't watch TV so I'm shielded from at least 70% of the state of panick the world is telling everyone they're supposed to be in.
The problem is, people are going into panick mode, and panicked people are stupid people. That sounds pedantic, but I'm really talking about global behaviors, not judging individuals. Thing is, doctors and hospitals are overwhelmed because anyone sneezing twice in one day suddenly think they have it, supermarket shelves are being emptied of pasta and toilet paper because you never know, and anyone looking remotely asian has now a clear area around them like they're plague-ridden. I'm not making this up, it's been seen in the tram in Montpellier. We're already in a really dark place when it comes to racism right now, but this situation is only making people more open about it. Panick.
Tens of thousands of people die from the flu every year. Media bias is making it look like people dying from the coronavirus is a new thing. It's not. It's more dangerous to people with health weaknesses, and probably a lot too, but this isn't the protomolecule (sorry - I'm in a deep The Expanse phase right now).
I'm not going "pft, who cares" because that would be equally as stupid. It's a dangerous flu. More than usual. We don't have a vaccine yet. I wouldn't want my father to catch it, nor my girlfriend and her asthma. But if I did, I'd be okay.
So let's be careful, things will eventually pass. Events being cancelled, infrastructures closing, that's okay, let's. Things will pass. This is not the end of the world, not yet.
Consequences - I don't have a kid so there's a whole spectrum of inconveniences I'm safe from. Schools, nurseries are closing and that's really a problem for a lot of working people. The biggest issue for me right now is that the retirement home my father lives in is now closed to visitors, so I may not be able to see him for a while. But he's in good hands, and phones don't transmit viruses (unless I didn't do as well in physics in school as I thought).
That said, the concert I'm attending tonight is maintained because they limited it to 1,000 people (which is, at the moment, the biggest crowd gathering authorized in France). So I've got that going for me.
We'll be fine. Look after your loved ones, be careful, and when all this is over, we still have the environment to panick about.
Oh, and unless the Internet itself goes down, the forum is always gonna be a safe place! Whee!