28 THE QUEENS COURIER • MARСH 12, 2020 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT WWW.QNS.COM
‘Nothing to fear but fear itself’
Th e greatest defi nition
of fear, we believe, was
described by Franklin D.
Roosevelt during his fi rst
inaugural address in 1933.
People recall his famous
line that we have “nothing
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THE FACTS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS
• Th e risk of contracting coronavirus is still low in New York City, but
it can spread from person to person.
• Th ere are no specifi c vaccines or treatments for coronavirus.
• Medication is available; a vaccine is in development.
• Symptoms are similar to the fl u, and include fever, cough and/or
shortness of breath.
• Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds to prevent
• Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water aren't available.
• Do not touch your face or head with unwashed hands.
• Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve.
• Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
• Clean and disinfect any frequently touched objects or surfaces in your
home or offi ce.
• Do not use a face mask unless you are sick, are a healthcare professional,
or have a pre-existing medical condition that makes you susceptible
• Stay home if you aren't feeling well, but seek medical care immediately
if you experience symptoms of coronavirus.
Source: New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
to fear but fear itself,”
but his words immediately
thereaft er perfectly describe
the impact of fear as being
unjustifi ed terror which paralyzes
needed eff orts to convert
retreat into advance.”
It’s easy right now to
fall into the trap of fear.
Coronavirus has cultivated a
culture among many afraid
of an invisible, microscopic
enemy that can cause grave
Th e fear has seeped into
our economic markets; the
Dow Jones plunged 2,000
points Monday, causing
fi nancial losses in the trillions
But it’s incredibly important
for all of us to keep things
in perspective. It’s natural to
be fearful, but it cannot put
us, as FDR said, into a state
of retreat or paralysis.
Nobody wants to fall
prey to coronavirus; the
health risks are indeed high.
Th ankfully, the city and
state are doing what must be
done to contain the threat in
Public and private institutions
are taking the overly
cautious approach, which
is the right call right now.
Even so, most New Yorkers
are going about their daily
lives, albeit with abundances
It’s important that we continue
to live our lives so long
as we use common sense.
If you’re feeling ill — if
you’ve got a cough, a fever
and/or shortness of breath
— stay home and get medical
attention. But if you’re
healthy, keep doing what
you’d normally do — just
make sure to clean your
hands frequently to protect
As for the stock market,
we will be tested economically
yet again the way
we were in 2008, the worst
fi nancial crisis in recent
memory. Th e Dow Jones
recovered and soared during
the Obama years and went
higher beyond them.
Recovery will happen
again once we resolve to end
the panic and move forward
Th e de Blasio administration
has launched programs
to help small businesses
impacted by business dropoff
s. Similar programs should
be enacted on the state and
federal levels to do the same.
But it’s also important that
individual New Yorkers also
receive fi nancial aid to get
through these tough times.
City, state and federal lawmakers
must not leave them
Together, we can overcome
fi nancial crises. We’ve done
it before; we will do it again.