COVID-19 is well and truly here. It's not hype, it's not fake and it is not -- as I have pointed out before -- a weapon or a crowd-control tool. It's too uncontainable.
If you live in a major city, it's already there. And spreading out.
If you're getting your coronavirus "news" from a gray-to-black propaganda site, like "Zero Hedge"* or a nutjob conspiracy site shilling dodgy products like "Natural News," stop taking them seriously. They're clueless and serving other interests. They're not out to help.
Get real information. Johns Hopkins has a good dashboard that includes an interactive map and the Feds have an extensive set of pages run by the CDC. These are factual sources.
We don't know how bad this thing might get. The only way through it is forward and the best way forward is not to spread panic or invidious rumor. This is the kind of health issue our parents or grandparents or, for some of you, great-grandparents lived through and feared before antibiotics and the widespread availability of vaccines. They got through them. Society got through them. We can, too.
* Almost certainly a Russian government operation intended to sow chaos. Anything you read there is not to be trusted; if they gave the sunrise time at my location, I'd wonder what was in it for them and go check another source.
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