The one thing that everyone besides the government is forgetting is what Rahm Emanuel said: "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste."

First let's get to what we know for sure about this new virus. There's no reason to panic, but the reality is that pandemics have happened before (like in 1918, when the Spanish flu killed 100 million people), and health experts say we're overdue for another one.

Even if this fizzles out in a week, it's better to be prepared, because preparation is the only known vaccine for panic.

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