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HORIST: Coronavirus has become a panpanic

HORIST: Coronavirus has become a panpanic

We hear over and over that we should listen to the medical professionals – and not the politicians and reporters.  That is good advice. Unfortunately, the media and much of the public seem to be ignoring the doctors and listening to the panderings of public panic.

The-world-is-coming-to-an-end crowd seems to come in two varieties.  There are the socially paranoid scaredy cats   Those are the folks who are hyper antiseptic when there are minimal public health risks – living in their self-created virtual bubble-suit environment.

They are the ones who will not flush a toilet in a public bathroom, will wipe off chairs in a restaurant and pass on the hummus if they see Uncle George “double dipping.”  They are the folks who have emptied the grocery shelves of hand sanitizer, toilet paper, face masks and sedatives.

Pointing that out, I know I will get a lot of pushback.  They will say that what they do is just common sense.  I can only say that their sense of things is not as common as they would like to think – but of course, that is why they do it.

The second category are the politically motivated.  Democrats and their media cronies have weaponized the Coronavirus to attack the actions and policies of the Trump administration.  According to them, the disease is rampant because the White House has not done enough to adequately respond.  The fact that the Coronavirus has been slow to take root in the United States compared to other major nations with highly mobile public is a fact ignored in favor of their partisan political narrative.

If you filter out the political – non-medical – chatter on the news networks, you may be able to deal with the outbreak in a calm and rational manner.  I say that as a person in what is called the “vulnerable” or “high risk” category.  I am approximately the same age as Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden — and have coronary heart disease and diabetes.

Based on the medical statistics, there are at least 100 million people in America that fit into that described category.  The news REPORTERS have used those numbers a lot.  Pretty scary.  I  emphasize “reporters” for a reason – to juxtapose those reports from the actual information and advice from medical professionals.

During a recent press briefing by the White House task force dealing with the Coronavirus, a reporter noted that a huge number of people are vulnerable – like me.  In response, immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci pointed out something that I have known intuitively and anecdotally.  He noted that there is a BIG difference between people who may be older and have one or more of the chronic illnesses and a very old person with critical late-stage health issues.

In other words, the people at the highest risk are those who – by virtue of ADVANCED age and SERIOUS debility – are already not long-distance runners in the game of life.  That is why the death rate was extraordinarily high when the Coronavirus hit the final care facility in Seattle.

The reporters would really scare people like me – if we do not put things into perspective.  Yes, I am old(er).  And yes, I have a couple of those chronic diseases that put me into the official high-risk category – BUT at the very low end of that at-risk category.  I maintain a fully active life.  I work (writing) every day because I want to.  I play tennis a few times a week and bowl every Wednesday.  I dine out frequently and have virtually no diet restriction (except sugar).  In the past year, I jumped out of an airplane at 14,000 feet for the first time.  My point?   I do not feel especially vulnerable and I am not going to act like I am.  Even better, Dr. A Fauci did not seem to consider me in that dangerous high-risk category.

I listen when the DOCTORS say that I do not live in a community where the virus is spreading.  That the chance of contracting Coronavirus is very small.  That 80 percent of those who do will have mild to no symptoms and will not require medical intervention.  And of those who get a more serious case, the death toll is low and impacts mostly only the very old and the very ill.

For reasons unknown, Coronavirus does commonly strike children.  People under 60 without any major diseases the death rate is statistically zero.  I know there have been cases, but only a handful – and even those are believed to have had undiagnosed underlying issues.

Based on what the DOCTORS say, the vast majority of us can stop the public hysteria and panic and go about our lives as usual.  That is what I intend to do.  And by the way, I think our folks in Washington and around the country are doing a pretty damn good job addressing the problem.

Ergo, I will be out and about.  No mask.  No hand sanitizer.  And more than willing to shake hands or accept a hug.

So, there ‘tis.

FOOTNOTE:  I should note that my attitude toward the Coronavirus is also due to where I live – an area of Florida in which there have been no reported cases as of yet.  Were I older, more medically compromised, caring for a person with the Coronavirus or living in what they call a “hot zone,” I would most certainly assume a more protective lifestyle – because that is exactly what the DOCTORS advise.

About The Author

Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

6 Comments

  1. elkarcher

    Nice to see a common-sense narrative for a change.

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    • texasladybren

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  2. Craig Michael Vandertie

    I was in the Green Bay, WI, “not that other Green Bay, VA,” which if it were not for dating domains I would have never even known the existence of, WI, Target west store the day before last to buy some 91% Isopropyl rubbing alcohol all I wanted was 1 bottle.
    There was not 1 bottle of the 91% or even the 70% Isopropyl rubbing alcohol was on the shelf, once those “Chicken Little” idiots cleaned out all of the sanitizing sprays and wipes they started buying rubbing alcohol to sanitize surfaces, guess they do not know of Cyber Commerce.

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  3. Craig Michael Vandertie

    Damm! it, I meant to say if it were not for me having been a member of various dating domains I would have never have heard of Green Bay, VA, hmmm! maybe that was the results of the H-1B written Software algorithms written by poorly educated completely incompetent Software writers from some toxic waste cesspool nation, India for instance.

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  4. Woodrow Short

    It amazes me how people are so in a panic over the coronavirus and think that the world is coming to and end. The virus started in China buy people who eat any thing that craws or flies. You dont eat bats or snakes its that simple. I believ that China was working on a bio weapon and it got away from them and now we have to deal with it world wide. If it is found out that that was the case then the world powers to be should crucify them and destroy that country

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  5. L.J. VSETECKA

    I SEEM A CHINESE MAN SITTING AT A TABLE W/LIVE MICE ON HIS PLATE AND HE WAS EATING THEM ALIVE, AND SMACKED HIS LIPS, AND THEY SHOWED A CHINESE WOMAN MAKING BAT SOUP, AND SCIENTIST REPORTING FINDING A BAT CAVE LOADED WITH THE VIRIS. ALSO THE CHINESE HAVE SOME KIND OF CELEBRATION WHERE THEY KILL ALOT OF DOGS IN THE STREET AND THERE IS BLOOD ,INTESTINES, CRAP LOADED IN HE STREET AND THEY COOK AND EAT DOGS AND CATS. MAYBE THAT IGNORANCE AND VILE MURDER OF MAN’S BEST FRIEND IS A PAY BACK FOR ALL THE HARM THEY DO TO ANIMALS.

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