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There is not a single hand sanitizer in the stores.
Believe it or not, people have been panic buying more than they should.
We can stop the fear mongering right now by using logic to dispel the most insidious rumors and fears spreading.
It starts with understanding that people will survive and have been surviving from COVID-19.
Taking the necessary precautions for an ordinary flu is fine but beyond the stock piling of food, panic buying on sanitizers and alcohol, and tissue papers, and hoarding several medicines are totally useless.
The 14-day quarantine is good for those that have actually known that they can be infected seriously knowing that either, they had been on a cruise ship where an infected persons lived with them; second, they have been to flights where the destinations have been known to have the most infections, and third, community transmissions wherein in that case, staying at home when you feel like having a weak immune system is a must.
I flew today on a one-hour flight from Alberta to BC. People are living their lives mindful that the risks are not intense enough to stay at home, lock the doors, and don't go to work and school. The airport is quiet and the line-up to customs is almost nil.
For those that schools and workplaces were shut down, there is a big reason for that.
Aside from that, live your life with the same intentionality as you would in a normal flu season. We should monitor the risks around us but not get paralyzed by fear and fear-based myths surrounding COVID-19.
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