The coronavirus has our country in some serious trouble, folks. The cause isn’t the virus itself, which can be deadly for sure, but the hysteria, which has approached near panic, in too many aspects of our lives. 

There is a pandemic of fear permeating the world and it leaves one with the impression that if we ever have a pandemic like the flu of 1918, which killed over 25 million people in just 25 weeks, we’d have a near-total breakdown of civilization.

Look at what is going on in the United States right now: Schools are being put on hiatus, despite the fact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) affects only about 3 percent of the children under 20 years of age. How many children are stricken with the flu every year?

In the U.S. as of Friday, there were 1,600 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 41 confirmed deaths. The vast majority of the dead were elderly and/or those who had compromised respiratory systems.

By comparison, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that so far just this season there have been at least 22,000 deaths, 370,000 hospitalizations, and 36 million infections attributed to the flu.

The 2019-2020 influenza outbreak is moderate to low in overall severity, but hospitalization rates are high, especially among children and young adults.

“Rates for children 0-4 years and adults 18-49 years are now the highest CDC has on record for these age groups, surpassing rates reported during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic,” CDC said. And yet, we’ve seen none of the panic and mass hysteria that the coronavirus has spread in just a few short weeks. 

All of the major sports leagues have ceased operations and Wall Street has plummeted to losses not seen since the “Black Monday” of 1987. We are now in a state of emergency, and most states are banning gatherings of more than 200-250 people.