I can't speak for anyone else, of course, but I can barely sleep at night worrying about the Corona virus that has already infected nearly 70 (out of 300+ millions) Americans, and the incredible death rate world wide of somewhere between 1 to 3% of cases. As one of the elderly, I am supposed to be at several times higher the level of risk, if I come down with this flu-like disease. Trump-loving skeptics point to the tens of thousands of annual fatal cases of influenza, but what do they know? They're not scientists like Nancy Pelosi and Anderson Cooper.
Flu may kill a thousand times more than this new plague does, but flu is only flu. It's a question of branding. I only buy brands I trust, like Apple, Nike, Sony, Smithfield Pork, Tommy Hilfiger, Bojangles' Chicken, The Democratic Party. If you can't trust your favorite brands, who can you trust? G-d? Please, folks, this is the 21st Century.
There are, however, things we can do. I have given up drinking all Mexican beers--not just Corona brand--and refuse to smoke cigars, because some come in the ominous shape and size known as "corona." I hope Trump does impose the travel ban on Italy, though I was planning to fly to Rome in April, once my wife has recovered from surgery, but one has to do one's patriotic bit. In fact, I am throwing away the ragu alla Bolognese I made and arranging a public bonfire with my entire library of Italian books.
There are limits, though, to patriotism. Trump's attack on the citizens of China, depriving them of the right to visit and move to America, with or without benefit of frivolous legal documents, is completely unjustified. In fact it is pure bigotry. I say it is time for another impeachment. This virus may kill all of us--or at least one hundredth of one per cent of us, but it is far better to die clinging to our principles than to keep a single America-loving alien from entering the country.
Please don't take this as a joke. It's not. I never got over the Strontium 90 scare and haven't drunk any milk or eaten cheese since I was thirteen years old. My house is infected with every kind of insect, since I have been instructed about the dangers of pesticides, and I am getting anemic on my vegan diet. What scares me even more are stories I am hearing about soy products. OMG!! I can't live without soy. Then some wise guy on Facebook tells me that cutting carbon emissions might lead to carbon deprivation. What am I supposed to do? Burn my house down?