It's important to stay calm and take precautions

Published: Sun 15 Mar 2020, 8:48 PM

Last updated: Sun 15 Mar 2020, 10:49 PM

France has shut down all public places 'non-essential' to public life, and this includes restaurants and cafes. Surely, they should know that restaurants are essential for the French as are coffee shops for the Italians and sports ground for Australians.
Obviously, it is vital to try to stop the spread of the virus by reducing contact between people, but the anomalies are puzzling. Public transport is still running and is overcrowded, and even governments are meeting and functioning as normal, well at least as well as they usually do.
Everyone is doing a great job to protect physical health of the people, but we shouldn't forget the mental health as well. If everyone is 'effectively' isolated, it will be hard for many to cope with the loneliness. Let's bunker down for a while and hope all is well. Remember to stay calm.
- Dennis Fitzgerald, Melbourne, Australia

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