Ever since 9/11, we in the West have lived in a climate of anxiety. I am one who sees much of the anxiety as confected. Leaders have responded to serious events with alarming rhetoric. Our media have obliged with headlines that enhance the ambient anxiety. And unofficial media respond with ungoverned hype. And so we tremble.
The news of the climate ought to alarm our governments more than it does. I think our kids get this right.
The economy has gone to the bathroom and hasn’t returned.
And now this. By this I mean THIS. I mean the Coronavirus outbreak.
No-one but a fool would say there’s no cause for concern. We know that; we’ve heard that from the fool in the White House.
In Anatomy, the corona is the rim around the glans penis (aka the nob). We know who the nob is.
Is there reason to panic? Many have decided they should panic. Supermarkets are crowded, while the shoppers in Collins Street have thinned.
No-one knows how serious the coronavirus epidemic will become. This blog will report on what it sees. In my clinic some patients are seeking advance prescriptions in case medications become unavailable. If/when this becomes common, medications will certainly become scarce
I close with two modest predictions: firstly that panic will feed on panic; secondly, that this blog will pop up on your screens more frequently.