My feeling right now? "The collective has determined that I can no longer live to avoid dying?"
I realize that corona is a new and life threatening virus that we are dealing with. But I also have the feeling that we have entered a collective madness / fear spiral.
The media likes to participate and do tell the most terrible stories. The public on social media reinforce that. A picture of a couple on a completely deserted beach. The comment is, for example, “I have been locked up for weeks and then I see those idiots from my balcony, so I will soon be infected by them”. Or mention of tattle lines to report the persons who do something that is not right. I think that there is a risk that the consequential damages will be greater than the pandemic.
When I try to put a view things in perspective I get everyone over me. "82,000 infections in China that is 0.006% of the Chinese." And 4% of those died. In Europe, a figure of more than 58 patients is used for every thousand inhabitants before we speak of a flu wave. That is about 0.06% and around 3% of that number die as well. "800 killed in one day in Italy". An average number of deaths in a day in Italy is around 1750. Turkey is a young population and normally “only” 6 out of 1000 people die each year. That is very little, but still 1300 deaths every day. A fair percentage of the current corona deaths are in those "normal" numbers due to old age or underlying diseases.
I belong to the group defined as a risk group (69). I do run a half marathon in less than 2 hours. My minimum daily walk is about 6 KM with 400 meters in altitude in about 1 hour. Not a top performance, but much more than many residents around me. I have no diabetes, no high blood pressure and no obesity. My neighbor, who now does the shopping for me, has all that and cannot walk up our street that goes uphill. More than half of the IC patient is having overweight. Why should people, for example, over 90 KG not be "locked up"?
To maintain my immune system and condition, I have to do my described minimal walk every day. I did left our house in time, crossing one busy road via a pedestrian bridge. Then up the road and after that I meet more chickens and dogs than people. What is the reason why I am not allowed to do this and now I slowly lose my immune system and condition? I think keeping a distance is very important, but a stay home duty for the elderly and young people only?
I am also surprised that little is written about the positive effects. Satellite images show that the air in China is almost clean. In China alone, approximately 1.2 million people do die each year from respiratory infections caused by air pollution. Corona has claimed over 3,300 deaths in China.
800,000 deaths every year in Europe and 7 million worldwide from air pollution. Why is there no collective fear of that? The chances of your child dying from Corona are smaller than for dying prematurely from air pollution. Why isn't that a global discussion? One possible reason that so many people in northern Italy have died from Corona is air pollution as it is much less in the rest of Italy. (under investigation)
We have something like environment, there are signatures under an agreement in Paris. It has long been clear that the goals set for 2030 in that agreement will never be achieved. There is hardly any discussion among the general public about this either, but that too is a global threat to our continued existence. Also, no discussion that due to man's economic interests, it could be the cause of the outbreak of these types of viruses.
Fortunately, we forget quickly and will soon start everything up again and catch up. So that the stock markets rise again and we can continue “normally”.