Human beings, when faced with those desperate situations, often make a joke to ease the tension. Americans especially. But during these trying times of a worldwide virus spreading exponentially, of endless empty shelves in our local grocery stores, and of a creepy fear that it’s all going to get a lot worse before it gets better — is it still OK to crack a joke?
Man, let’s hope so. Comedy is our coping mechanism, a way to combat the unknown and try to hold on to a special trait unique to humans — the ability to laugh. And if we can’t laugh right now — when it all looks so grim — well, we’re kinda’ screwed, right?
First, let’s note a couple things: No. 1 — You’ve got a small chance of contracting the coronavirus. In fact, you’re far more likely to run out of toilet paper than get SARS-CoV-2. No. 2 — If you get it, “for most people, the new virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough,” the Associated Press says in every story.
While it may feel like the end of the world — and it surely does sometimes — it’s not going to be so bad. We’ll look back at this in a month or two (or five) and laugh and laugh — “What were we so worried about?!”