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.
Just because we're calm about it doesn't mean we're right either. A lot of what we call wisdom is just being tired.
I'm not sure there actually is an age difference in the anxiety. There are anxious people in every generation. We may each be selecting our data to fit our theories. That is what humans usually do, after all.
Assistant Village Idiot
The pendulum has swung too far. Our little town closed the (unfenced) city park. Will have to check to see if they posted the school yard playground too. It's not a place that has staff or can't be left unattended. Right next to the police station. Our residents are largely a combination of commuters & low income apartment dwellers. In spite of the ability to social distance, they have removed the one place the poor folk could get out of stuffy apartments and have some sun. Definitely treating the citizens like sheep.
Put everyone back to work and people will die from the virus.
Keep everyone home and people will die of despair, poverty, and starvation.
What the media and Democrats are selling is some path in which no one dies and everyone is healthy. It's not possible. We live in a world full of danger, evil, and death. We will never be able to stop deaths due to the CCP plague or the flu or even the common cold. We won't be able to stop murders no matter how many types of weapons we ban and confiscate. We will never house everyone as there will always be those who choose homelessness.
All we can do is weigh the costs versus the benefits, recognize when the returns have diminished, and do our best and pray for the rest.
Everybody who is not medically compromised should put on a mask and go back to work. If you are sick, stay home. If anyone in your household is sick stay home. Oh yeah, wash your hands. If you are not ocd, consider wearing gloves.
I second that Kf...it's what Italy should have done. Instead they allowed the old and infirmed that had one, two, or three other health problems to continue without any social distancing. Political correctness even mandated "hug a Chinese" virtue signaling from the pro immigrant crowd. All of this occurring with their less than robust socialized medicine. Separate those at high risk from the rest and we can very likely get through this without destroying the economy.
The Los Angeles tenement of my childhood was quarantined twice, once for mumps; once for pertussis. For years, people self-quarantined when polio was around. School nurses ordered hand-washing before and after school, coughing/sneezing into a tissue/handkerchief, not touching one's face; and that was for everyday. I'm with Helen's parents.
Pelosi sees her chance at the Presidency slipping away. And it's been really clear from the beginning of her tenure that 'I Don't Care' has been her mantra whenever she's been called out on the bad effects of the legislation she gleefully supports.