Coronavirus For Most of Us, or How To Avoid The Bigots, Price Gougers and Hustlers

Christopher A. Smith
5 min readMar 6, 2020

Well, it took about a month or so, but COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus has finally made its way to the United States. And some folks are PANICKING. Over the past few days alone, I have seen more news broadcasts showing the lines of people at stores like Costco, Target and Home Depot clamoring to purchase masks and hand sanitizers. (Some have also decided to go for broke and pick up boxes of condoms and loaves of bread. How those go together, I don’t know and won’t judge.) There is a distinct and eerie feeling of dread about this disease which is essentially on the verge of being a global pandemic since the outbreak’s origins in Wuhan, China at the end of January. Since then, this coronavirus has done more hops to different nations than a chess hustler on a winning streak out on the boards in Washington Square Park. Iran has been hit hard along with South Korea and Italy, and this past week it sure feels like we’re in a Michael Crichton novel come to life.

And who is in charge of making sure that the tide of this infectious disease is stemmed?

Mike Pence? Mike “I can’t be in the same room alone with another woman” Pence? EVIL RACE BANNON Mike Pence? Oh yeah, the pooch might be screwed. This is the same guy that as governor of Indiana delayed a response to an outbreak of HIV among those using drugs via injection by
enacting state cuts that closed the only healthcare facility in that part of the state that was doing testing — a Planned Parenthood office. Donald Trump, the *President of these United States taps him to lead the efforts. And so far,what we’ve gotten is a roller derby of confusion and incompetence that surpasses terror. I mean, think about this — you have someone in the Oval Office who when asked about how the government is preparing to handle new coronavirus cases and testing, goes on to blame…former President Barack Obama. Who hasn’t been in office since December 2016.

More on that in a bit. I want to take this space to talk about what you should do in these times, good people. Information you need to go along with the tried and tested data about washing your hands vigorously with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, along with utilizing antibacterial sanitizers
and wipes. I’m here…

Christopher A. Smith

Freelance writer. Author of 3 books of poetry. Raconteur. Queens is the county, Jamaica is the place.