If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re taking the coronavirus pandemic seriously. But, how much are others actually taking steps to limit the spread of the virus versus blithely continuing their lives as usual? And what’s the difference between people who take such steps and those who don’t? If all the fear isn’t enough to motivate people, what is?
It’s hard to believe that less than two weeks ago the World Health Organization officially pronounced the novel coronavirus to be a worldwide pandemic. Since then, a growing number of states have enacted lockdowns, as the number of cases worldwide soars over 300,000, with more than 40,000 in the United States alone. To protect ourselves, the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended that we all take some simple steps, including identifying sources of news and information about the disease, washing our hands and cleaning surfaces frequently, and having approximately two weeks of groceries and other necessary supplies on hand. Most localities are also advising people to stay at home and avoid social gatherings.