A customer called to complain about the end of the world. “I can’t eat. I have rice and dry pasta supplies for 3 months, and if something bad happens, who will finish it all? My toilet paper will perish in my garage without fulfilling its existence.”

I realized it’s time to make a virtual pill for panic, and here it is:

  1. There wouldn’t be the end of the world. Even the worst pandemic in history, the Spanish flu, that happened a hundred years ago, didn’t destroy humanity, and even the economy survived the ordeal. Moreover, right after the pandemic, the economy began to grow at such a rate that later, the period was called the Roaring 1920s.
  2. Panic is when you desperately want to control the situation, but you can’t. That’s appalling and it makes us unable to think rationally, which is quite dangerous in our situation.
  3. Mature people don’t try to control the world through magic or blatant denial of the facts. They control their actions and responses. Today, the challenge is to stay healthy for as long as possible.

We don’t need to think about the economy right now. Dark thoughts take our energy away and undermine our immune system. We’ll make up for everything when the pandemic is over, as long as we live long enough to see it.

We should set small goals: if we successfully live through the day, that means we are one step closer to the end of this natural disaster.

If worse comes to worst here, in California, we’ll have it big on April 10-13th. That wave will catch people who will get infected tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, and a little later. That is why my personal choice is to stay home and go out only to walk my dog, not approaching anyone and not touching anything. At least for those days, I can relieve our medical system from my presence and let the doctors take care of people who couldn’t stay home in the line of duty.

We all can control a small but very important part of reality, and that is why there’s no need for panic.


historical novels

book 1

novel about Russian revolution of 1917

book 2

novel about russian emigrants in China

book 3

novel about foreign journalists in USSR

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