Of course, with the current situation, I can understand why they would close schools, but in my opinion, everyone is simply overreacting. Yes, while we should take precautions and should quarantine and treat people, I do believe that many people are panicking way too much, especially with the panic buying and stores getting cleared out. People are fighting over hand sanitizer as prices skyrocket. One man reportedly bought 17,700 bottles of hand sanitizers after the first COVID-19 case was reported in America, then sold 10,000 of them on Amazon for $70 each. He sold 5,000 more on eBay, then sold 300 more at a yard sale. With the remaining 400, he sold them to a Dollar Tree store. He had bought each for $8.
Many people called him greedy and shamed him for his actions, but I congratulate him! I do believe that his actions were perfectly fine, given that he was just making simple business. He was taking advantage of people’s panic, and people were practically giving him his money! This is a businessman, and given that we live in a nation with free trade, free market and free economy (In other words, capitalism), he has the right to and should try to make money during these times of over panicking.
Of course, while the deaths are over 15,000 and the cases nearing 400,000, I do not think people understand that we have a system in place to deal with these types of things! We have a healthcare system, one of the best in the world, and have infrastructure (And money) in place to deal with these types of outbreaks. The Ebola outbreaks definitely taught us that, and while America does have the 3rd highest amount of cases, the statistics show that most people recover. In fact, you can stay at home and recover without any help! Severe cases and mortality rates are quite low, but the reason our hospitals are overwhelmed is because of over panicking and the fact that people with other conditions also need the hospitals – COVID-19 is not the only virus out there! Of course, people must understand that we are not China (Currently #1) or Italy (Currently #2). We have taken initiative, despite rocky leadership in Washington, District of Columbia.