Corona virus--I'm not that worried about the actual disease. I mean, yup, it's bad--infectious and spreading pretty fast. But overblown, in my opinion. I mean, it's not going to turn into the Black Death or anything. Probably not as bad as the Spanish flu epidemic, which killed something like 50,000,000 people worldwide (about 600,000 in the US). Epidemics in an academic sense have always fascinated me **see below.
This Corona virus panic is much worse than the disease, though, IMO. There is a lot of damage being done there that may take a long time to get back up to "normal"--whatever that is. The problems we are going to run into with supply chain disruption and its affect on commerce, especially in certain sectors of the economy, are significant. But it might bring the US back (Canada? Who knows. Sorry B67) into a more self-reliant position--a silver lining in a dark cloud??
People (the bookish sort) used to talk about energy reliance, resource availability and manufacturing capabilities--how could we defend ourselves militarily if we need to? The story is that Japan went to war for those very reasons--to make up for lack of resources--and that they spread into Indonesia, etc to get to the oil fields. And we drove them to it, in their eyes, by embargoing oil prior to the war. (of course, that is what lost them the war too...they couldn't keep up with our much larger resources and manufacturing capabilities)
But they (those bookish folks I referred to earlier) seem perfectly OK with globalism; heck, they're full of praise about it. And yet, it can cause the same sorts of problems Japan faced, in stressful times.
Anyway..........enough history. I've laid in supplies and am as ready as I can be. But it may be a tough ride--people in large panicking groups are tricky to be around.
**I've always been sorta interested the Spanish flu epidemic. In its aftermath came sleepy sickness (encephalitis lethargica). "A bizarre disease known as the sleepy sickness, or lethargic encephalitis, devastated millions of people across the world and left doctors puzzled for decades afterward. According to some sources, around 1 million of those affected by the disturbing illness died, while many others were transformed into living statues and spent the rest of their lives trapped inside their bodies and locked in institutions, speechless and motionless." Vintage News https://www.thevintagenews.com/2018/...eepy-sickness/
They don't know if it was actually related to the flu; it is a mystery. But my father's mother came down with it. She never recovered and was bedridden, though sometimes conscious, for 25 years.
I can't even begin to imagine what that was like for my grandfather to deal with--caring for her daily and also their three small children. And yet, just like they were about the depression and WWII, they never really talked about it. There was no whining about the bad hand they were dealt. Today's folks might could learn something.