Well, that point of view - literally, the angle and distance at which one is placed in relation to the object one is regarding - matters quite a lot. Where you are and who you are. We're in a fortunate geographical location - in a self-contained house, within reach of a well-equipped small city in a prosperous country, with a quite intelligent and decent prime minister, who step out of of his quarantined house every morning to tell us what the government is doing, reassure us and urge us to act intelligently and decently. So that's all right. We're unfortunate enough to be in the most vulnerable demographic: in our seventies, and with multiple health issues. So that's a bit concerning. Looking farther into the future: + This crisis will test the ability of governments to serve the needs of people instead of commerce. - Some will fail more miserably than others, and some will fall - which is always messy and costly for the peoples involved. + But whatever governments do manage it well will have learned how to: in 18 month, they will have put in place agencies and policies that work - and they can start fixing a lot of our long-standing problems. Helicopter-schmelicopter! I wouldn't be surprised if we had UBI within two years, and a good deal more domestic manufacturing and local food production. - A lot of people will be out of work - and not just for a few weeks or months - permanently. The airlines and cruise lines will never make a full recovery. No matter how they're bailed out in the short term, many, perhaps most, will fold. The tourist trade will pretty much collapse - a good many hotels, theme parks, amusements and public attractions - will never have a reliable income. Many companies of every kind will go bankrupt, or downsize. That will cause a cascade of secondary unemployment. + Those people, if their material needs are met, will have time for education, hobbies, self-reliance, developing their minds and bodies, exploring what else they're capable of. Once they can come out again, they'll rediscover the joy of being with other people and they will bring more diverse skills to their community. +/- if travel and trade never recover, neither will the oil industry. That's good for the planet and other living things, but very bad for the oil-producing regions. People in Alberta and Kuwait will have to learn how to grow their food and build their shelters and make their clothes and *gasp* walk. ++ The air pollution over China and Europe declined dramatically. If the economic consequences do continue for a long time, that trend will also continue. In the most +++ extreme case, this virus might save the world.