Dear Editor:



Dont panic.  Put things in perspective.  Whenever someone becomes ill or dies from an illness, it is a sad thing.  But spreading fear makes things worse.  It seems to me that the politicians and the major media are spreading fear to manipulate the public.

The Spanish flu in 1918 to 1920 infected 500 million people and killed 50 million people around the world.  One of my great uncles died because of it.  But all my other grandparents and their relatives survived.  There were no antibiotics or other modern medicines back then.  Yet, the Spanish flu stopped.

The West African Ebola virus killed 2,337 people.

According to the website of the CDC – The Center for Disease Control and Prevention – in the 2018—2019 flu season in the U.S., 16.5 million people saw a doctor because of the flu, 490,600 people were hospitalized with the flu, and 34,000 died from the flu.

But with 34,000 in the U.S. dying of the flu in the last flu season, no governor closed schools, restaurants, or bars to prevent spreading the flu.

According to an ABC News story of March 16, 2020, the total number of deaths from the Corona Virus in the U.S. as of that date is 61.

Does it really make sense to tell people “Dont go to restaurants and bars this weekend to celebrate St. Patricks Day” and then punish restaurant and bar owners and their employees because someone else refused to follow the governors suggestion?  I think not.  That is like a school teacher punishing one student for what another student did.

Woodrow Wilcox

Griffith, Indiana 46319