Fear is as or more dangerous than COVID-19

I discovered this in my “draft” folder. It’s something I wrote in March but never got around to publishing. It seems pertinent now that President Donald Trump is being accused of falsely trying to calm Americans. Seems that Gov. Andrew Cuomo should likewise be accused.

That’s the view of New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as he said during this morning’s news conference.

Just to make sure he wasn’t misunderstood, he said, “Misinformation, emotion, fear panic, is truly more dangerous than the virus.” Adding, “Let’s take a deep breath.”

Good for him.

Look around. The rush on water and the fight over toilet paper. The crumbling stock market. Empty stores and laid-off workers. A deep recession or worse on the horizon. Cancelled social, religious, civic and other gatherings. Theaters closed; cruises abandoned.

The costs so far are incalculable. Retired Americans are horrified as they watch their retirement savings in 401Ks disappear. Money set aside by everyone to make that necessary or long-planned purchase vanish.

The coronavirus didn’t do that. We did to ourselves.

Public health experts are virtually setting policy and no one dares challenge them.

Public health “experts” continue to set policy, adding immeasurably to the continuing fear. 


Filed under: Health

Tags: Andrew Cuomo, COVID-19


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  • I'm pretty sure a virus that has killed 199,820 Americans (so far) including 12,788 of your fellow Floridians (so far) is more dangerous than fear. Your title and this "article" is ridiculous.

  • In reply to Lincoln311:

    Nobody seems to be keeping track of the damage that the restrictions themselves are doing. But that damage is real, if unconscionably downplayed or ignored. How many increased suicides? Depression? Unrecoverable lost learning. Lost jobs and businesses. And more and more.

  • As Lincoln311 points out, nearly 200,000 Americans have died from Covid-19 over a period of less than six months. It is useful to compare this with the total American dead in World War II, where an estimated 406,000 died--over four years. I don't think FDR would have said of WWII, the “Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself” nor would he say it of Covid-19 today.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    "I don't think FDR would have said of WWII, the 'Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself' nor would he say it of Covid-19 today." Not sure what you mean. But he did say it and the "existential" threat to America in 1941 was greater. There's a fine line between keeping people calm and scaring the shit of them with predictions of doom, wouldn't you agree?

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    The "only thing we have to fear is fear itself" quote was from FDR's 1933 inaugural in which he addressed the threat of the Great Depression, not about WWII. As you say, the existential threat to America in 1941 was greater.

    The person "scaring the shit of them with predictions of doom" today is your candidate for president. He is whipping up panic and fear over protests against police violence and exaggerating the threat they pose. What he is not acknowledging is that Covid-19 has killed more police officers this year than all other causes combined.

  • Dennis, you're quoting something he said on March 19. And you left out "misinformation". Trump knew how deadly the virus was back on February 7, yet did not level with the American people. If he had been truthful, thousands of lives could have been saved.

  • > Fear is as or more dangerous than COVID-19

    Unless, of course, you are one of those people that Covid-19 puts in the hospital or maybe kills... Aside from those people, yeah. Let's hope it is someone else that Covid puts in the hospital or kills, right?

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