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Craziness Over Coronavirus in the U.S. Should I Move to Sweden?

While there was a growing coronavirus epidemic by mid-February, at that time I don’t think that normal people could have predicted the utter craziness that’s going on now. But since that time, governments in the states and in Washington began to impose more and more draconian rules and diktats on the people.

Also in mid-February the stock market began to decline and crash, big time. So, this is a bad time now. And these terrible events were totally avoidable. Governors ordered stores and businesses to close. I mean, really? That’s nuts. And ordering people to stay in their homes? Government-mandated home imprisonment.

And for what? It’s because of coronavirus? Like it’s Ebola. No, it’s a flu, with a 1% death rate, or less than that! Most of the people who get it will have “mild” symptoms, like the flu. But mainly the elderly and those with serious illnesses are the ones who need to be protected.

So I was in the bank, and the teller is saying, “Put your check(s) on the counter and go stand back on the tape on the floor!” And she then stands back like she’s hysterically rushing over to hide, like I might give her the Plague, or the Black Death or something. She was literally hysterical. And so now the bank’s hours are reduced, and we have to make an appointment just to cash or deposit a check! And there’s no good reason for all this.

We’re allowed to go to the grocery store. At two stores there is a line outside, we must stand “6 feet apart,” and still there’s no toilet paper! People, there is no reason to hoard the toilet paper! Oh wait, at one store last week they were putting packages of toilet paper on shelves, but only the 24-packs. The guy said they had nothing smaller at that time. So, I didn’t have enough room to carry an entire 24-pack in addition to the things I needed to get, so I had to pass that up. Oh, well.

By the way, blogger Robert Wenzel mentioned that one idea is to find a restaurant that might be “open,” and ask if they have toilet paper in storage (because they don’t have customers actually going into the restaurant at this time who would be using the restrooms), and offer to pay a good price for a few rolls of toilet paper. I can’t remember if Wenzel mentioned that on his Economic Policy Journal blog or his Target Liberty blog.

But this whole thing is making people needlessly hysterical, like the above bank teller, and others, like neighborhood Nazis who are reporting on their neighbors for escaping from their homes, having gatherings of more than 10 people, or for coughing. Seriously? (Are you a Nazi neighbor? I hope not.)

And, speaking of Nazis, I think that governors who order businesses closed even if their owners had done nothing wrong, and in the absence of due process, are bad enough. But when such governors send their police after travelers coming in from other states and ordering them into quarantine i.e. home or hotel imprisonment, or police going door to door to harass visitors or following cars with NY license plates to terrorize innocent people, those really are Nazi governors, and I hope that each and every one of them loses his/her/its next election. They are horrible, terrible people.

And no, such policies will not “save lives,” or prevent people from getting coronavirus. In Sweden (of all places!) they have a much more relaxed attitude about all this, they aren’t imprisoning people in their homes or closing down businesses. Out of a population of 10 million, Sweden has 105 deaths allegedly from coronavirus as of two days ago. So they aren’t experiencing anything like the people in Italy or New York City, but they do have their FREEDOM!

So all this totalitarian crap is going to continue for the next month? Two months? Crash the economy? For a flu?

Mass Hysteria in the U.S. with COVID-19

With this COVID-19 coronavirus panic and hysteria, the real trouble is coming not from the virus itself but from the panic and hysteria, over-hyped by a very dishonest “news” media, in my opinion. It’s the first time in my 50+ years that I have seen this kind of panic and hysteria over what appears to be the same kind of illness as the flu.

But in the U.S., in which we’ve been through a Civil War and other major wars, Y2K, 9/11, not to mention the “Spanish Flu” of 1918, SARS and H1N1, with COVID-19 it is as though “We’re All Going to Die!” People are literally hysterical.

We’re talking about a mortality rate of up to 1%, people! The hysterical ones are treating something with a mortality rate of 1% as though it is Ebola that has a mortality rate of 90%!

And many of those who actually do get infected probably won’t notice it or have symptoms, and most of those who do come down with the symptoms will only experience “mild” symptoms. 99% of those who get it will NOT die.

In fact, I believe that this virus has been around in the U.S. and other parts of the world outside of China for months now, and that many people have already had the damn virus and probably assumed that what they had was just a flu or a cold. That is my theory on that.

Most of the deaths from officially-confirmed COVID-19 in the U.S. have been in Washington state, and most of them were from a single nursing home. Most of the people who are dying from this disease are in their 70s and 80s. Even in China, not one child below the age of 10 has died from this disease.

If you’re young, try not to worry. If you think you may have contracted the virus, then to protect the more vulnerable among us, just don’t go into a nursing home or hospital, and so on. Tell Grandma you’ll visit her in another month, just in case.

But with our “snowflake” culture in America now, the major sports leagues are canceling their remaining games. Concerts are being canceled, and museums are closing down. And Wall Street is crashing, and not because of the COVID-19, but because of panic and hysteria. This really sucks now.

The “news” media especially suck, because they are also sensationalizing this virus situation, and over-hyping to the point of eliciting even more panic and hysteria, so that people are rushing to their stores to clear out the shelves to get toilet paper and foods and necessities.

The public schools are closing for a few weeks or a month, and in some cases they and businesses are being like Felix Unger, “scrubbing down” and “disinfecting,” “out of an abundance of caution.”

No, out of an abundance of hysteria and irrationality!

Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade has been canceled, as it has been canceled in other cities such as New York, and the Boston Marathon has been postponed until September.

Am I the only one around here who thinks all that is overkill?

Instead, officials should warn elderly people or those who have serious illnesses to not participate in or attend those events. But canceling all these events for everybody?

And then we have Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declaring a “State of Emergency!” As of today there are 108 “cases” (not “confirmed,” just “cases” which means they could be cases of common flu or something else) and ZERO deaths in Massachusetts.

So other power-grabbing governors are ordering the schools including private schools closed! One thing’s for sure, these politicians love power, they love ordering others around and throwing their weight around.

And this is what we have now. Irrationality. Authoritarian declarations by governors, and all the cancellations of sporting events, concerts and public gatherings, colleges and schools ordering students to leave their dorms early, completely unnecessary.

John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute recently wrote an article on how the COVID-19 overkill could be the excuse of our overlords to impose a Total Surveillance State. (This is another reason why I am a libertarian.)

According to the health officials who are not hysterical or bought and paid for by Big Pharma or who are not on a power trip, most of the people who actually get the COVID-19 virus may experience more mild than severe symptoms. Some may need to be hospitalized. If people already have respiratory issues, or smoke or live in heavily polluted areas, they are more vulnerable.

I think this is like any flu virus or cold that goes around. Chances are that most people will get this virus. They just have to be self-protective if you are among the more vulnerable, the elderly and those with serious medical conditions.

But the country is hysterical now, and it’s affecting the stock markets. And that’s a BIG problem, in my opinion. This mass hysteria is what really frightens me, not the virus itself.

What else concerns me are those people out there who are always on the lookout for someone to report on. So, watch out for all the Gladys Kravitzes out there, everyone. If you go out with a slight runny nose or happen to sneeze out in public, the health stasi may report on you. (Out of concern? No, out of ignorance and hysteria, and self-importance!)