The email said, "Go buy as much food as you can store. Buy some virus masks at the drug store. Lock your doors and don't leave your house again."
I had spoken to my friend Paul a couple of days ago and I mentioned the coronavirus epidemic. He seemed pretty sanguine about it, confident it would be brought under control. But that was two days ago, and there was only one reported infection in Seattle. As of tonight, however, there are five confirmed coronavirus cases in five large cities from Phoenix to New York. However, it wasn't any of this that had rattled Paul, who by-the-way, happens to be a public health physician.
I remember Paul once remarked, during the Ebola crisis, that "Viruses have learned to get around using modern aviation. Air travel is already factored in modern epidemiology." Later, I checked on that: It seems that up until one hundred years ago, plagues traveled at a rate of just 20 miles per day. The Plague was still coming for you, but it might take some time for it to arrive."
As if on cue, one of those flying germ-sacks landed and ejected a coughing passenger from the plane, today. It later turned out that the passenger actually did have the Chinese coronavirus. Another passenger filmed it with his cell phone.
After some email back-and-forth, I found out what had rattled my friend: It was apparent to all observers that the virus was likely airborne and it was being spread well before any symptoms appeared in the host. So, families, school children, militaries, and all sorts of normal social and business settings became the most vulnerable and dangerous places to be.
The damned virus is going to pick us off one-by-one, unless we can hide from it. One optimistic thought: Maybe it will infect the Swamp first. This would be one way to get rid of the neocon psychopaths and shut down their suicide mission. At last... a silver lining! In the meantime, I'm heading out to see if there are any virus masks still on the shelf somewhere.