We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Let's face it: Most of us have fairly humdrum, routine, comfortable lives aside from work annoyances, bill-paying, and kids' various problems.
But humans are wired for excitement, threat responses, etc. Survival instincts. Most of us crave some degree of excitment, and will even pay money for it because life is so relatively easy. Some more than others, of course. Roller coasters, climbing Mt. Everest, etc.
There's probably a Bell curve spectrum of various responses to real, perceived, or imagined threat. Some cower and hide, some rise up and resist, even irrationally, and everything in between. I like to think I am in the calm, rational, middle but I will kill you if you threaten me or my home. No regrets if that were to occur.
I see no reason to raise my threat level unless there is a clear and evident direct threat.
But as a Boy Scout, I'm also always prepared.
I don't see preparing as being 'worrying' or 'panicking'. It's just good, judicious use of time. Stock up on essentials and non-perishables at otherwise meaningful or useful moments. Not when everyone is flooding Costco and going nuts.
As for today's current freak-out...I'm still waiting for the information to prove this is a true 'threat'. Our lives in the West are sufficiently different from those overpacked, polluted and undernourished Chinese regions that are currently suffering.
Remember, they've been suffering a shortage of protein sources for 5 months and their air is almost unbreathable. So any respiratory illness will be bad - particularly with the elderly.
Could it be bad here? Maybe. But our antenna are up, people are taking precautions at a much higher rate, and our medical capabilities are at a much higher level. So I'm concerned, but not alarmed.
Even if it hits a 2% mortality rate, which would be very high, I don't think it will have the same infection level OR at the very least we'll see more asymptomatic cases.
But you can expect people to freak out, now that test kits are being delivered, as they find out that the # of infected isn't 30, but 30,000. Oh, nevermind that most of them are fine...it's the fear of large numbers that the media will have to play up.
It is kinda fun to laugh at those silly "preppers". But seriously we all should prepare to live without outside help for a week and once we reach that level of preparedness now prepare to do that for a month. After that consider a year. Why not? We should all be prepared to survive in the event of some catastrophic event.
Living in Hurricane country, I finally buckled down and laid in 128 full meals of dehydrated food. With a 25 shelf life, I now only have to get toilet paper when a tropical event looms. My backpacking stove burns diesel fuel as well as ordinary gasoline and I keep a bottle of bleach on hand to purify surface water.
My logic is that, if things haven't sorted out in three weeks, they probably won't sort out in a very long time......