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Coronavirus is overplayed

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There’s no reason to panic about the coronavirus that is making headlines around the world. In fact, there is really no reason to get overly excited about it. It resembles the flu, and the flu attacks millions and mil

It resembles the flu, and the flu attacks millions and millions of us annually.

Basically, that’s it.

The excitement has been generated because it’s something new. It’s a new twist on an old bug, just like swine flu or any new strain of something that pulls us down and makes us ill.

Mainstream media probably is mostly to blame for this over indulgence of fear being pressed into our heads.

Like many things, these TV and metro newspaper reporter folks are so desperate for headlines, ratings and customers that they jump on anything that moves, whether it’s serious or not, and they run with it.

And, they’re running with this without checking into the bowels of the disease.

So … It’s here. It’s new. It’s out of control. We don’t have a cure. So let’s create panic. Film at 11.

Film at 11.

That is the 180-degree wrong way to look at it – or at anything for that matter.

Now, this isn’t to say there is no reason for concern. Coronavirus has been proven to be a deadly disease, especially in the oldest and youngest bodies. Because of that, we do need to pay close attention to what’s happening and to take every precaution.

And on top of that, it is relatively close to us with multiple cases reported in San Antonio and Bexar County.

But, the good, old, regular flu has and will hit us harder than this thing ever will. The statistics back that up.

What may be of some real concern, however, is that our city and county seemingly do not have a well-thought-out plan of action in case the virus does strike here.

Our school district has a pandemic plan, and we applaud it for being proactive. But, it appears both city hall and the courthouse may have to scramble if suddenly a case or two invades our community.

We’re told there is a plan, but we were spared much of the details. The same plan also includes measures to take against a terrorist attack, if needed.

It probably is more likely a contagious coronavirus carrier will make an appearance in one of our government facilities than an out-of-control gunman.

And even though panic is the worst thing one can do, we encourage both our city and county to make sure the plan in place is a solid one – just in case.

It’s an old adage. But better safe than sorry.

But back to the virus itself.

The worst thing any of us can do is jump on this rapidly growing panic bandwagon and let it continue to run out of control until it crashes.

The best thing we can do is stay calm and follow the welldocumented and basic procedures for a healthy existence – plenty of hand-washing, covering the face when coughing or sneezing and going and staying home when symptoms surface. Again, it’s … like … the … flu.

Again, it’s … like … the … flu.

Be prepared.

Be smart.

Take precautions.

Don’t panic.

And let the thing runs its course.