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Panic virus all its own

According to the Centers for Disease Control, by the end of December 2009, 50 million people, one in six, had been infected with the H1N1 flu virus, and 10,000 had died from it. The coronavirus (covid-19) thus far pales in comparison, and I seriously doubt it will ever reach the levels the H1N1 did.

The drastic measures we are taking now will have some impact, but covid-19 will run its course regardless. The population most at risk are our elderly, and those with pre-existing conditions and/or compromised immune systems. This is the same population group that was most impacted by the H1N1 virus, yet we saw no drastic measures taken for them when it was spreading. If I recall correctly, H1N1 was monitored and reported by the media, but it did not drive the news cycle like covid-19 has.

Is this going to be our new normal every time a new virus strain evolves? We shut everything down until it disappears? The reactions of people to covid-19 are more disturbing to me than the virus. The hoard-buying, pushing and shoving, and people afraid to step out of their homes is a virus of its own. If we take common-sense measures of staying home if we are sick, washing our hands, and looking out for each other, I believe covid-19 will go away in time.

Yes, it is that simple. Common sense always is, but I fear we have lost it.

MARK BERNTHAL

Bella Vista

Maybe share the cost

The drug industry's powerful lobby is pulling out all stops to defeat the Grassley-Wyden bill that would force the industry to lower drug prices, something they have only danced around for years.

Oh no, they say, this will stifle research.

Why do U.S. citizens have to bear the majority of this expense? Perhaps if our prices are lowered, the industry would be forced to charge other countries a little more for the benefit that they also receive from this research. Just a thought.

SCOTT SCHUH

Little Rock

All about statesmen

In response to Mr. Dan Baw's recent letter titled "Joe is no statesman": I say, "Like Trump would even listen!"

PAT FRAZEE

Rogers

We're still their bosses

I have figured out I have a better chance of dying of the virus than I do of getting a response from those elected to represent me. Tom Cotton campaigning in Ohio for himself for 2024. French Hill apparently hiding. At least I spoke with an actual person at Sen. John Boozman's office.

We deserve better, but we won't get it till we demand better, both from ourselves and elected officials from the local level to Washington. Bureaucrats everywhere need to be reminded exactly who they work for!

JOSEPH WITTEN

North Little Rock

Editorial on 03/19/2020

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