Friday, February 28, 2020
Losing patrons at the library
As the arrival of the coronavirus at my library begins to look more and more inevitable I try to keep my cool. This disease is not an implacable killer. At worst it looks like it might have a mortality rate five or ten times as bad as when the flu sweeps through. My wife and I pretty regularly live through the flu and I suppose with a little luck we could manage the coronavirus if we have to. My colleagues here at the library all seem pretty hearty as well. They're maybe not total paragons of health, but they're generally doing all right. It's not really an elderly and sickly crowd that I work alongside.
And that's what they say, isn't it? It's mainly the people with existing medical conditions who are in real danger. It's the unhealthy, the sick, the aged, and the decrepit who will fall to this pandemic.
In short, alas, our patrons.