The Stages of Coronavirus

  1. Denial:   In China: “Stop spreading panic! You’re under arrest!” Soon, in the U.S:  “It’s just like the flu!  You don’t panic over the flu!  Get a flu shot!”
  2. Anger:  “The government is incompetent!”  “Democrats just want to use this to take down Trump!”  “China did this to us!”  “Trump is an idiot!”  “You want to take away my liberties!”
  3. Bargaining:  “If we can social distance and isolate, we can control this.  We just have to give up things!  We sacrifice an economy, but we’ll get life and survival.”
  4. Depression: “It’s not working.  The death rate just keeps marching up.  Our testing is not adequate.  A vaccine is never coming.  We’re looking at “Great Depression 2.0!”  Even if we open up, people will be too afraid and the economy will just get worse!”  
  5. Acceptance: As someone still in the bargaining and anger stages, I don’t know what this looks like….

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Steven Mussey MD

Steven Mussey, M.D. is a physician in Internal Medicine, practicing in the Fredericksburg area for more than twenty years. He grew up in Springfield, Virginia and earned a degree in Physics from The University of Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his medical degree at The George Washington University and was inducted into the medical honor society AOA. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He served in the Air Force for four years before entering into private practice. He particularly enjoys geriatric medical care and working with complex patients. For almost a quarter century, he has been practicing with one other Internist. Both doctors enjoy practice in a small, but busy office, and plan on working into their 70s, as long as they can still find their way to the office. Dr. Mussey is also an avid cartoonist and has a weekly cartoon in the local newspaper. He also enjoys cartoon animation and has had several public service cartoons playing regularly on the television cable systems. 

  5 comments for “The Stages of Coronavirus

  1. Rusty Shackleford
    May 14, 2020 at 5:59 am

    The biggest mistake I’ve ever seen made. How saddening is it that we’ve allowed ourselves to come to this? – A nation of cowards hiding under our desks hoping the government will keep mailing us money and snitching on our neighbors for having a barbecue. It’s embarrassing and pathetic.

    • Pat
      May 14, 2020 at 8:48 am

      And health care – including physicians, sadly – was the mechanism used to accomplish it.

  2. Kurt
    May 13, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    I’m sorry. I sorta feel bad I haven’t had to suffer. I live in a county that’s only had 3 cases and the hospital is not inundated with ventilated patients. (Except the run-of-the-mill sick people.)
    So much for being a “hick” out in the boondocks!

  3. PW
    May 13, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    I’m sorry, I’m in Covid overload right now.

  4. Pat
    May 13, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    This madness should not have progressed beyond the anger stage.

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