- Vox – Don’t scold people for worrying about the coronavirus
Yes, we shouldn’t panic — but let’s not dismiss people’s worries so easily. There’s still much we don’t know about the virus.
“Don’t worry about the coronavirus. Worry about the flu,” BuzzFeed argued. The flu “poses the bigger and more pressing peril,” the Washington Post said. “Why should we be afraid of something that has not killed people here in this country?” an epidemiologist argued in the LA Times. Other outlets have agreed. An ex-White House health adviser has told Americans to “stop panicking and being hysterical.”
- The Wall Street Journal – China’s Leader Wages a War on Two Fronts—Viral and Political
Xi Jinping issued a call to arms against the deadly coronavirus, which has spread illness and dissent
The coronavirus epidemic is different. Many Chinese feel directly threatened, propelling a crisis that strikes at the core of Mr. Xi’s claims of strong leadership, as well as the authoritarian system he champions as a model to the world.Government censors are working to squelch dissent. A swift end of the outbreak would limit the political fallout. But its continued spread threatens Mr. Xi’s plans to rule indefinitely and could leave the Communist Party facing a serious loss of public support. “The myth surrounding him has shattered,” Xu Zhangrun, a professor at Beijing’s Tsinghua University said in an interview Friday.