We got back from a ski trip earlier today, Nordic skiing and late in the year. There were very few people at a place that has 180 kilometers of trails. It was quiet and away from the madding crowd.
After return I went to the local supermarket for a few things for breakfast sausage recipe that I make. The parking lot was full. I thought that perhaps the snow we were experiencing was going to be a much bigger storm and that people were stocking up. I looked at the weather forecast … no such thing. Just a light dusting.
I saw not what I usually see in busy times, like Christmas or with a big storm coming in, many people buying a few items. People instead had their carts full, and lines went down the isles. I had maybe ten items, and the self checkout area was not crowded.
It was not until I was halfway home that I realized what was going on … Coronavirus! People are hoarding.
We live in the mountains above Denver. We do not see our neighbors. It is not crowded. The area has now closed its schools for the coming week, at least. We are an isolated corner of the world, and the hand of those who create this panic has reached us. What must it be like in cities?
It is a manufactured panic. There is no virus. I am thoroughly impressed with the people staging this madness. They have hands on the reins, and are playing the entire population like a cheap guitar. Awesome.