The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, was recently labeled as a “pandemic” by the World Health Organization (WHO). Starting in Wuhan, China, the virus has spread to multiple countries across the world, including the United States. People over 60 and people with underlying health conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and asthma, are the people who are most at risk.
If you’ve watched the news or been on the internet in the past month or two, you’ve read the headlines. While some of them are informative, others induce panic and fear. Some people don’t really seem to care too much about the virus, while others act as if the world is ending. What should be our response?
Instead of posting a normal Five Minute Friday episode, my team and I thought it best to do a special episode on the coronavirus — not to cause fear and panic but to take a moment to educate ourselves on the virus and the best methods for protection. There is so much unknown, so much fear and panic, that it can get really overwhelming — my girlfriend literally made herself sick the other night watching the news.
Instead of panicking, we should be focusing on what we can do to prevent the virus from spreading and how we can best respond to the chaos around us.
I’ve got my best friend Matthew Cesaratto in the house, and today we have a coffeehouse conversation about the coronavirus, how we should respond, and how we can all be leaders in a time of fear and crisis.