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By Carol Perkins

How much panic is appropriate? How much information do children need about this virus to scare the living daylights out of them? The answers are, "I don't know if I need to panic," and "Only a little." As I was listening to the President and a host of medical professionals a few days ago, I felt a little calmer knowing that the virus targets the elderly with much more intensity, especially those with underlying illnesses. (Not that I'm glad for the elderly.)

Then it occurred to me that I may be considered "elderly," and I have asthma. Lock the doors and bar the windows!

Guy came home from his weekly business trip and talked about being in a big box store in Tennessee. "The toilet paper aisle was empty," he said. "The shelves were full that morning, according to a check out lady." Most people store food for disastrous times, so I wonder what has led to the toilet paper scare? Guy continued, "If we run out, I'll drive to a factory in Owensboro and load up." I decided we could sell rolls out of the back of a truck if times get hard!

We have a family wedding coming up in two weeks. A trip to Louisiana will mean eating out, staying in a motel, and for many of the attendees, flying to the destination. The bride is concerned about the turnout. She wonders if she will be putting others in danger.

We all have upcoming events that worry us. I have a cruise coming up in May with a group of ladies. We are concerned and looking for a way to reschedule the trip without losing our money. I want to fly to Austin to visit my grandchildren, but not now. We may not come down with the virus, but it affects us, one way or another.

As for children, they hear a little and may not share their fears. They may agonize and lose sleep, thinking they are going to die, or their parents might die. When I was young, the threat of a nuclear bomb from Khrushchev caused my daddy to want to build a bomb shelter in our backyard. Mama didn't seem upset, so I stayed calm. When we had bomb raids at school and got under our desks is when I lost sleep. Comfort the children is what we all must do.

As for myself, I am going to stay inside and find something to do. Except, I have to go to the beauty shop, and have a massage next week, and go to Bowling Green to pick up something I ordered. After that, then I'll lock the door and bar the windows!

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