Calm Down and Drink Corona Beer

I’m looking at this post as a kind of PSA, an urge to get folks to take a deep breath and stop spiraling into panic and madness over the Coronavirus. Just think, we’ve lost trillions of dollars here in the US stock market over 2 deaths. That’s right, as of today, we have 2 deaths in the US. More diabetics have died from toe infections in the past week.

Detail of lined up Corona beer bottles seen on the store

If the Coronavirus was put here on Earth as a kind of intelligence test, we’ve failed. When people are not buying Corona beer out of fear, well, we’ve lost.

Did you know that there have been over 4,000 death from the common flu in the US this year alone? The good old flu has a just over 5% mortality rate here in the country with the best access to medical care in the world. The Coronavirus has a 2.3 (and that’s rounding it up!) mortality rate. Don’t believe me? Click here to see the website that is tracking all of the madness. 

We can’t compare ourselves with other countries that don’t have our healthcare underpinnings. Sick people come here when hope is running out, not the other way around. Trust me, I know. With a handicapped wife who has been given last rites twice in her life, only to keep the fuck on trucking, we’re well versed in where to get the best treatment. In China, where the virus has hit the hardest, the mortality rate is 3.6%. Again, less than the flu in the US. And do you think communist China has healthcare than even deserves to stand in the same room as the US? If you do, you need to get back to school.

Nothing makes me angrier than blind hysteria, especially in a time when cold hard facts are at your fingertips! Does critical thinking exist anymore? Or are we just programmed to react to anything spoonfed to us by a corrupt, fear-mongering media? What I’ve witnessed here in New York over the past few weeks has left me shaking my head. What’s really behind this beating of the drum?

And now it’s being politicized. I saw a commercial for Mike Bloomberg last night extolling how the current administration has bungled the Coronovirus and only Mike can save us. Hey, moron, by the time you’d win, according to you, we’ll all be dead anyway. Have fun running an empty country. This kind of fear mongering should get people thrown in jail, just as you would a person yelling ‘fire!’ in a packed movie theater.

You can’t find hand sanitizer on store shelves (or plastic bags now that the ban is in effect in NY. Imagine if plastic bags were the cure to Coronavirus?). I see people stockpiling food and water and talking of self quarantines, even if they’ve been working from home since the so-called outbreak began and haven’t so much as walked by another human being. Hell, I want to quarantine myself if it means I get to not go to work for a couple of weeks and binge on horror movies and books. Hmm, maybe in that sense, the panic does have a silver lining. A nice two week vacation. Two weeks of sipping on cold Coronas.

Maybe you think this whole post sounds harsh and I’m a cruel, uncaring person. Truth is, I do care. Mental health is as important as physical health. And right now, the head ain’t right. It’s listening to voices and losing the plot.

My advice. CALM…THE FUCK…DOWN. Please. Look at the facts and think!

Oh, but always wash your hands. Because if you get the flu, you really have something to worry about.

Or again, you get to stay home for a few days and catch up on that TBR pile.

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About Hunter Shea

Hunter Shea is the product of a misspent childhood watching scary movies, reading forbidden books and wishing Bigfoot would walk past his house. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself. Hunter’s novels can even be found on display at the International Cryptozoology Museum. His video podcast, Monster Men, is one of the most watched horror podcasts in the world. You’ll also find him every week on the Final Guys podcast, available everywhere. He’s a bestselling author of over 25 books, all of them written with the express desire to quicken heartbeats and make spines tingle. Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to gobble down Gray’s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits.

16 responses to “Calm Down and Drink Corona Beer”

  1. kimberlykay3 says :

    This is so true!

  2. Joan Wiley says :

    Oh my hell! Thank you for this post. I shouldn’t even get started with a response, but…. Imagine, if you will, a group of people(Dems) – a country even (China)- that despises someone so much that in order to screw him and his followers (ordinary Americans) over, a plan is devised. This plan (develop panic over a virus that is as deadly as the flu) attempts to chip away at (for one) the growing financial success he has brought the country and causes an economic catastrophe for U.S. company’s sales in China a nd import retail sales in the U.S. Is it revenge? It is a theory if possible conspiracy. Just thinking.💜 Second CT point, China can report numbers on deaths all they want. Is it true…maybe. Consider this “The coronavirus outbreak has exposed the United States’ dangerous dependence on China for pharmaceutical and medical supplies, including an estimated 97 percent of all antibiotics and 80 percent of the active pharmaceutical ingredients needed to produce drugs in the United States.” Article from Law Enforcement Today and other sites.

    • Hunter Shea says :

      I love a good conspiracy theory and this has all the earmarks of a great white whale of a conspiracy. They just diagnosed someone in my town with it and he’s in bad shape. Question is, what kind of shape was he in before he caught it?

    • Priscilla Bettis says :

      I say we all support Corona beer and buy a six pack. Seriously! Um, unless you’re an alcoholic.

  3. patricia1944 says :

    Hunter, you are my kind of man,you have a brain and use common sense! Our news media will employ any strategy to excite their readers in order to sell more papers and watch them on TV. Unfortunately, the general public rarely stops to think about what they read. Keep up the good work by pointing out the real scene.
    By the way, you have good taste in beer!
    Your number one little old lady fan from Carolina.

  4. Amanda West says :

    Well said.

  5. Yasmina Modzelewski says :

    You’re so right!

  6. amusing2write says :

    A breathe of fresh air.

  7. Dominic Paulo says :

    The media loves a good panic-just think when a snowstorm is coming and the Weathermen paint a picture of Armageddon or Y2K back in 1999 or Great White Sharks off the Cape this past Summer or SARS, MERS and a myriad of other bugs that were coming to get us-yet humankind seemed to muddle its way through-it is always a good idea to take precautions when a new threat to humankind comes along but I can see people working themselves into a frenzy right now, and as you say people need to just calm down and take a deep breath and as the bible so wisely says- this too shall pass!!!!

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