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Do you live in mortal fear that you are going to contract and die from the Coronavirus?

Asked by josie (30432points) 2 weeks ago

I get the idea watching the News that there must be a real concern that people are in a panic that they will contract and die from the Coronavirus.
Frankly, I do not believe it.
But, no surprise there….
I used to worry about getting dismembered by an IED or getting my brains blown out by an al Qaeda sniper.
Now, I worry about prostate cancer or something.
Do you REALLY believe this is a bigger problem than the Flu or pancreatic cancer or some such shit?

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ucme's avatar

Nope, nowt to worry over so waste of energy doing so.
It’s a sign of the times that people, led by the media, make mountains out of mole hills.
Me…I’m chillin!

josie's avatar

Good for you
I’m chillin too.

KNOWITALL's avatar

I’m being proactive but not overly excited. My mom’s immune system is shot so I worry about that, more than myself

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

I have been sick for three weeks. Covid19 has crossed my mind. Dr. Told me not to have any more sushi or salmon any more.

nightwolf5's avatar

No, I just take a little extra precaution and wash more often, especially after being out. I feel healthy and not sick currently. Can’t live life scared of what may or may not happen to me. Though I feel for the ones that have gotten it. it’s scary and I do live in WA state.

Yellowdog's avatar

I’m more worried about walking down the sidewalk and a window-unit air conditioner falling out of a tenth story window and hitting me on the head.

chyna's avatar

I’m not worried at this time. I reserve the right to be worried at a future time.

Zaku's avatar

LOL no it’s a flu. Even if I were at risk, why would I be “in mortal fear”?

johnpowell's avatar

I’m not worried. I’m the guy planning on going on a cruise to Mexico since they are so cheap right now.

But I don’t wear a seatbelt so consider that.

gorillapaws's avatar

I’m not in mortal fear, but COVID-19 is at least an order of magnitude more deadly than the flu. I worry about my parents getting it. I worry about how people will react and the potential for panic, hoarding of medical supplies that are needed for other problems, people in nursing homes, the impact on the economy. A very smart classmate from high school is an MD specializing in infectious disease and her post on Facebook indicated that the models are predicting a 30%-70% likelihood that any individual will contract it. Mortality in the young is very low, but the older population is at risk.

Jonsblond's avatar

Not at all and I work with the public.

Demosthenes's avatar

Nope. I’m not worrying or panic buying yet. Just living my life and doing my usual hand-washing and sanitary practices.

zenvelo's avatar

I am not in mortal fear. It occurred to me that age has now put me into the “at risk” population, which is a bit shocking.

LadyMarissa's avatar

NO!!! I’m going to die of something, so why not covid19??? I’m at peace with my home going!!!

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

No.
I have no plans to freak out.

kritiper's avatar

No.
COVID-19 has the greatest deadly effect on those who have compromised immunity systems. At the moment, the death rate amongst healthy individuals is about .7% (As near as I can figure.)
I’m a very healthy adult male with a resolute system for dealing with sicknesses. No freaking out here!

LadyMarissa's avatar

According to the John Hopkins website, approx 50% of the people who get it survive & approx 3.4% will die from it. So I prefer to see it as the survival rate way outweighs the death rate!!!

kritiper's avatar

There was a health expert on TV the other night who thought that as many as 80 million Americans would get it. That’s about 1 in 5. Take @LadyMarissa‘s 3.4% and divide by 5 and you get .68%.

johnpowell's avatar

Old people vote Republican. Young people rarely get this. I think we should just infect everyone to increase the odds the Democrats win in November.

LadyMarissa's avatar

Sorry john, I’m old & my plan is to vote Dem come November. You might want to keep me alive until then!!!

Jonsblond's avatar

My 85 year old father is voting for Bernie.

Brian1946's avatar

So is this 73 YO, unbearably Caucasian, male organism.

I waited in line for about 4 hours, to vote for him on March 3rd.

nightwolf5's avatar

I only wonder how safe it is to use a public restroom now. Have to double wash our hands after.

Dutchess_lll's avatar

Virtually everyone will get this virus, just like virtually everyone gets the cold viruses in their lives.

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stanleybmanly's avatar

No, and I look forward to the suspension of those signature conditions of urban life. For instance the elimination of long lines in daylight hours, or the availability of seating on public transportation, marked reduction in traffic, etc.

MrGrimm888's avatar

I’m not concerned about dying from it. But. I am concerned that I will catch it. I can’t afford to be ill…

janbb's avatar

May I just point out that there is a reasonable response of worry about an epidemic of (ahem) epidemic proportions that is not “living in mortal fear?” Cautious watching, washing and waiting would seem to be a reasonable response and enabling scientists and the CDC to have the resources to do their job.

snowberry's avatar

I’m not afraid of dying.

I am not worried. When we were told to plan to be quarantined for up to two weeks, we went out and bought enough things so that we would be able to stay inside for that period of time.

In Japan where my daughter lives, people have bought up all the paper towels and toilet paper with the idea of making homemade masks even though that doesn’t prevent the spread of the virus. I think that they are as worried about what people will think if they are not wearing a mask is they are about contracting the virus.

canidmajor's avatar

“Mortal fear” is a little over the top, don’t you think? This, and other recent questions, indicate that you think concern about this is silly and worth mocking.

As @janbb pointed out, concern and caution are justified here.
I am over 65, immuno-compromised, have never enjoyed robust good health, and I am taking appropriate measures to avoid getting sick with something that could potentially seriously lay me out for awhile.

I appreciate that you don’t think any of this is worth caring about, so why even ask?

jca2's avatar

I am concerned, as are a lot of people at work and in my personal life, as are my local public officials. I live in a moderately populated area, but I work in a big city, one of the biggest in New York state. There’s an outbreak of the virus not far from my job, and someone who works across the street from my job was just tested positive for the virus. My best friend’s coworker is a neighbor of the first positive case in the County. Many schools in my county are closed for cleaning. I don’t know what the parents are doing for child care. Maybe they have to stay home themselves, or do some communal child care (for the kids that are not old enough to stay home alone).

I cannot get any vaccines due to an immune system issue, so even if there’s a vaccine for this virus in the future, I won’t be able to get it.

I was planning a vacation for Spring break, but now am hesitant to make plans so I am waiting. I am not planning any summer vacation just yet. I definitely don’t want to pay for something and lose money. At work, all of us are going to restaurants less often.

I’m definitely concerned and I feel it’s with good reason. Maybe I’d be less concerned if I lived in the middle of nowhere and didn’t have to work for a living, and didn’t have a kid in the school system. I could just stay home and have limited exposure to people, and ride it out.

I agree with @canidmajor that “mortal fear” sounds sarcastic and mocking of people that are worried and/or concerned.

The OP is not the only person on this site that has made flippant comments about the virus and the issue of catching it.

Dutchess_lll's avatar

No more worried than I am about any other cold or flu. I looked up the stats. 56,000 people die every year from complications of a cold or flu.

stanleybmanly's avatar

I’m with dutch on this. The fact that at the present stage so many undiagnosed people are carrying the disease renders avoidance of exposure an all but hopeless endeavor for the bulk of us. It’s probably too late already to isolate oneself in a cave or fallout shelter.

Dutchess_lll's avatar

Even if you could barricade yourself in a cave you gotta come out sometime…...and it’ll still be there waiting for you.

canidmajor's avatar

^^^ A few days ago you were freaked because of your previous pneumonia, now you’re too cool to take any precautions and want to mock those of us that do. Let us know how that works for your scarred lungs.

Yellowdog's avatar

I am not particularly afraid of the corona virus,

But I HAVE become aware that new viruses and mutations—and even viruses from outer space, can destroy ALL life worldwide.

Viruses, pandora viruses, strange bacteria, could reduce ALL organic life on earth to mere stinking phosphine goo. The stench of death from oilish mud, Then, over hundreds of millions of years, the cycle could conceivably renew. The sun would be past its prime, the earth eroded, but life could arise once more.

Dutchess_lll's avatar

Life has risen more than once in our history.

Yellowdog's avatar

Now, there’s a good idea for speculative science fiction

Every billion years or so,, a virus in the DNA of all living things sickens and kills all organic life back to primordial ooze within a tribulation period of less than seven years.

From the primorial ooze, new life can arise and evolve for a billion or so years. Then, at the peak of development, the cycle starts again with the timeless virus expressing itself again.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

You been there the whole time a couple of billion years @Yellowdog ? ? ?

Dutchess_lll's avatar

He was speculating about a fictional sci fi book.

Yellowdog's avatar

Yeah!

Tell ‘em.

Global Warming and coronavirus / pandora virus, alien bacteria—good topics gone awry.

Dutchess_lll's avatar

@LadyMarissa…. “According to the John Hopkins website, approx 50% of the people who get it survive…” what happens to the other 50%?

stanleybmanly's avatar

I’m pretty sure that the 50% is about those who display mild or no symptoms,

Dutchess_lll's avatar

@stanleybmanly actually that’s 82%.

Dutchess_lll's avatar

All the crowds fighting over toilet paper and hand sanitizer are putting themselves at a much greater risk than if they just stayed home and watched Netflix.
There is kind of a Shakespearian karma in that, isn’t there.

MrGrimm888's avatar

I think most of us, will come out of this fine.
The fear, is worse than the pandemic.

It really comes down to sanitation. Wash your hands, often. That prevents most diseases, from spreading.

I can’t say how many times, I’m in a public restroom, and people do their business and don’t wash their hands after.

If you’re about to eat. Wash your hands. Wash your fruits, and vegetables.

If you shake hands a lot, wash them off.

It makes a huge difference.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

I am scared to die alone and in pain.

MrGrimm888's avatar

Well. The NBA, cancelled the rest of the season! Italy, is now locked down. Some major parts of the stock market, shut down.

I can’t recall anything like this, in my lifetime…

jca2's avatar

Today (Thursday) MLB cancelled baseball games indefinitely, and hockey games are cancelled. NYC is closing all Broadway shows. Never in my lifetime have we seen this. After 9/11, Broadway was closed for a week but this is indefinite.

zenvelo's avatar

Given reports that 50% to 70% of us will get the COVID-19, I wish i could get it now and get over it. I have a lot of plans for the month of May.

chyna's avatar

^Since you brought it up, can you get it more than once? I don’t think I have heard anyone say.

MrGrimm888's avatar

^To my knowledge, there isn’t much current data…

zenvelo's avatar

@chyna If it is anything like other corona viruses and influenza viruses, you build immunity to it and then you don’t get sick the second time you are exposed.

stanleybmanly's avatar

If you must get it, I would wonder if the early victims are better off before resources and services are swamped.

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