The only thing we have to fear is fear itself, elevators, subways and door knobs

Posted on Feb 3rd, 2020

I completely understand why the phrase "viral pandemic" scares the shit out of people. Taking our new baby to Sick Kids at the height of the SARS epidemic felt like something out of a zombie movie. A large atrium that should have been bustling with people was silent as the grave, draped in plastic sheets and empty save for a masked triage nurse.


You are WAY more likely to die of plain old regular flu, which kills up to 650,000 people every year - and has already killed 10,000 Americans since November. Yet 40% of Canadians can't even be bothered to get the vaccine.

And, yes, alcohol kills 2.8 million people every year. In fact, it's the leading cause of premature death and disability for people aged 15-49.

Long story short, everybody should calm the fuck down and trade xenophobia for regular hand washing. One actually prevents disease.


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