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Corona Panic-Demic

Updated on April 13, 2020
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Hi, I'm Sanjeev Nanda, and I love keeping up to date with current affairs.

I heard this one gem from a commentator online - "When all of this would die down, when the dust would've settled, we'll realize that we overreacted to this outbreak". Normally I restrain myself from delving into trivial-triggering, but this one caught me off-guard (I supposed that's why it triggered me so much). Sometimes, while listening to online discourse, I imagine myself having a hearty conversation with the panel as well - but my version involves plenty of mic-drops on my end. I wanted to name myself Corona, and choke this idiot till he had difficulty breathing.

Moments later, post some calm-down time, I recollected myself, and thought real hard for a moment - given that every news outlet right now, and all of the news right now, strives to sell the viewer a hearty dose of sensationalism - maybe this Coronavirus is actually an overreaction, a case of manufactured hysteria! Then I see the numbers, and am awoken to my senses. Then I see the millions of messages on Whatsapp, videos on TikTok, tweets on Twitter – and then I proceeded to digress:

Maybe this is the “Boy who cried Wolf” scenario. News outlets have cried Coronavirus so many times, after manufacturing so many panics that it has become hard for some people to reconcile with the severity of the issue at hand. As of today, almost one million folks have succumbed to the covid-19, and the number seems to be anything but decreasing.

Then again, it is only through the News media paranoia that folks have pressured their respective governments to enforce quarantines, which have led to countries experiencing a standstill. Otherwise governments have no incentive to stop their money-machinations, even in times of a war-like crisis: one need only to look at USA and reconcile what I am talking about.

Nevertheless, I’m at relative odds with the way enforcement is going through. A lot of the working poor are being thrown into the time machine, back to a time when they did not amass what meagre resources they have now. These folks are the ones affected the most – and not middle-class centrists, busy clanking plates, and lighting torches.


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