We won’t know for sure about Coronavirus until its too late to do anything

By Steve Cichon
steve@buffalostories.com
@stevebuffalo

The thing is— could be nothing, could be a nationwide tragedy.

You don’t know until you know, and then when it’s your grandma who dies, you want to know why nobody told you how bad this thing could be.

Or… you can suffer through overreaction and silly TP hoarding and prepare yourself.

Human nature only allows for one of these eventualities to be true— either we’re surprised and pissed, or warned ad naseum and either hoarding or laughing.

Whether you’re scared or a tough guy right now, most of us would rather be ready for what we might be facing.

Most of the scared folks and the tough guys will be making jokes about Coronavirus in five years… unless you love one of the 50 or 500 or 5000 who perish, and you spend the rest of your life wondering if as a society we did enough.

You don’t have to like it, but wash your hands and be a decent human being until this thing passes. And then continue to do those things after it passes, too.

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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon writes about Buffalo’s pop culture history. His stories of Buffalo's past have appeared more than 1600 times in The Buffalo News. He's a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. Since the earliest days of the internet, Cichon's been creating content celebrating the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The 25-year veteran of Buffalo radio and television has written five books and curates The Buffalo Stories Archives-- hundreds of thousands of books, images, and audio/visual media which tell the stories of who we are in Western New York.