As you are aware, the situation around the SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19 crisis is continuing to rapidly evolve. Since my original article about COVID-19 dated February 29th scientists, medical professionals, and even mathematicians have been studying the situation. Communities are beginning to take decisive action, including canceling large group events and “social distancing” is becoming a major focus to avoid transmission of the virus.
If you’ve been to the store or looked online lately, you may have noticed that the virtual and real life shelves that used to be full of hand sanitizing products are bare. As one local store clerk remarked to me, “Panic buying is great for our business, but it’s terrible for the world.” So true. The person with a big stash of hand sanitizer might feel “prepared” for the COVID-19 pandemic after overbuying, but while that product just sits around in their cabinet, it’s not helping anyone.
This flu season has recently gotten more “exciting” with the appearance of a novel coronavirus which at least a few experts now admit has morphed into a pandemic. COVID-19 was first reported to have emerged from a fish market selling wild animals in Wuhan, China in December 2019, and as the virus has spread beyond China and into other countries, including the United States, it has been getting more and more media attention. Even the stock market has experienced violent declines this week as investors increasingly worry about severe business risks.