“Why Won’t At-Risk Boomers Panic About the Wuhan Virus?”

“In Aesop’s fable about “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” the moral of the story isn’t that the townsfolk should have believed the boy. The moral is that the boy shouldn’t have destroyed his credibility by falsely screaming wolf time and again.”

A dose of skepticism may not be the safest course. But given the current credibility of the news industry, it’s not irrational.

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5 Responses to “Why Won’t At-Risk Boomers Panic About the Wuhan Virus?”

  1. For a much more interesting take on the moral of the story:

  2. Judy says:

    Why aren’t we panicking? How many of these viruses have we been through? Ever few years since the 60s? Same St…Um…Stuff, Different Year. Wash your hands and stay home if you are sick. If there is something more to this virus, then, say so. Otherwise, face your own mortality by growing-up, and stop your incessant whining.

  3. TK421a says:

    It all comes down to your choices. If you know nothing about a subject you can believe everything you see, hear or read . Or, you can go with what your gut tells you from a long life’s worth of experience.

  4. Landlady says:

    OTOH Joel, you could probably make a fortune right now teaching an online Master Class on social distancing 🤣

  5. RCPete says:

    In my case, I’ve heard a lot about flu-like crap that’s going around, complete with a negative test for flu. (CDC has links; look for Influenza Like Illness). I got mine last week, and being a caring and sharing source, gave it to my wife. Cough from hell, fever (102F for me), but after two days of absolute misery, it gets better.

    And I have so-so lungs, diabetes and heart issues, etc. If the unknown version of the gunk doesn’t want to kill me that badly, I’m not going to worry the brand name one.

To the stake with the heretic!