About COVID-19: WHO just declared that this novel coronavirus is a pandemic. Okay. Portugal is closing universities and schools. Makes sense to prevent further propagation of the virus so it doesn’t scale as much. But what do you see? You see dozens, hundreds or even thousands of students thinking this is vacation and going to the beach - it was 26ºC in Lisbon today - or going to the mall just because.
Yes, it is inevitable that some of us will be infected. Yes, we should worry. But we must not panic, nor act like anything is happening. If we’re closing schools and universities, it’s because we need to keep some social distance and avoid as much contact as we usually have. I’m not saying not to see anyone. I’m just saying we should restrain ourselves as much as we can and avoid going to crowded places!
I just found an article called “Young and unafraid of the coronavirus pandemic? Good for you. Now stop killing people”. Read it! It was written by a doctor and I agree. We should not panic, we should not rush into supermarkets - as it is, unfortunately, happening - but we should try to keep as much distance as possible.
I’m personally scared. I had a pneumonia when I was a child and I needed physical therapy for a few months to start breathing normally again. If your company was closed, your school/uni was closed, stay at home. Avoid parties and crowds… isn’t that obvious? If it wasn’t for that, why would anyone close establishments?