The reaction seems rash. The response seems extreme.

The NCAA Tournament without fans? A suspended NBA season? A governor urging churches to cancel services?

What in the world is going on?

Conspiracy theories are tossed around like a ball of yarn, and we’re all getting caught up in the web (and the worldwide web, for that matter).

This is not a political stunt. This is real life-and-death stuff.

President Donald Trump himself addressed the nation on Wednesday and expressed the necessity for unity throughout this process.

As the old Persian adage goes, “This too shall pass.” It won’t pass nearly as quickly, though, if we are a nation divided.

People are dead as a result of COVID-19, this previously unknown type of coronavirus. Sure, more people have died as a result of the flu — many more people, in fact. But there’s also an abundance of additional, accessible treatment information regarding influenza than there is with COVID-19.

As we’ve written before, it’s extremely important to not overreact and/or panic.

But ignorance isn’t bliss in this case. It’s flat out irresponsible.

Those who want to blame “the media” for the creation and permeation of fear associated with this virus: Would you rather COVID-19 be swept under the rug? Would you rather not read/hear about what the disease is, how it’s affected other countries, what symptoms are associated with it, and how to best prevent it from spreading?

It’s terribly important to not be consumed by fear, but there are some issues in this world that can’t simply be shrugged off.

Remember SARS in 2003? It came and went fairly quickly, but its effects were hard-hitting. SARS also stemmed from a family of viruses that causes a cold — coronavirus. Symptoms began two to 10 days after coming into contact with the virus (two to 14 days for COVID-19). Those infected had high fever, headache, body aches, and sometimes diarrhea — the latter is the only one also not associated with the new coronavirus. The main symptom of SARS was severe respiratory difficulties. By the end of 2003, according to drugs.com, 774 people died out of more than 8,000 infected.

So, no, we don’t want to write about this every day. The NCAA Tournament doesn’t want to play games without fans. The NBA doesn’t want to put its season on hold. Pastors don’t want to cancel church.

But we all should be in this together, as the President said, and we all need to work together to halt the effects of this disease.

There was no media in the 1300s when 50 million people died as a result of the Bubonic Plague. Maybe the media would’ve helped.

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