What is the line between increased resolve to mitigate risk to people who have preexisting conditions from coronavirus, and therefore possibly COVID-19, versus the panic culture that seems to be evident in places like California, where the governor has declared it a crime to leave your home if your trip violates what government has deemed essential.

Dr. Tony Fauci, MD, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been involved with NIH for 40 years, so he knows what this looks like in context to other coronavirus outbreaks, such as 2003 and 2012, while Dr. Howard Bauchner, MD and Editor In Chief of Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) asks the questions that should be asked, about what is reasonable response and caution versus destructive behavior.

We are in a climate where journalists and politicians who weaponize fear seem to be intentionally conflating coronavirus with COVID-19, as if the presence of a pathogen begets pathology, and that is harmful for mental health right now, but will also be destructive to public trust in science, which will be a problem when something much worse comes along.

And if there is one thing nature has taught us throughout the history of humankind, it is that nature always has something worse coming down the road.

Drs. Bauchner and Fauci are a must-view to separate hype from science.