Coronavirus and the Club: Part 1 - Toilet Paper Panic, State(s) of Emergency, and "Isn't It Just the Flu?"
This coronavirus outbreak has a lot of people scared- and just as many wondering what the big deal is – and why all the d*mn customers are out of the club!
To clarify on some of what’s going on, we’re compiling some resources and information about the current status of the coronavirus outbreak.
We'll also be posting about the potential economic consequences of coronavirus (and coronavirus panic) on the sex work community, and on some workplace and financial steps you may want to think about if you’re concerned about COVID-19.
Let’s start with the facts:
COVID-19 is spreading and spreading fast.
Source: New York Times, Coronavirus Map: Tracking the Spread of the Outbreak
What started as a seemingly isolated news story in December 2019 has turned into a global pandemic  with over 4,000 confirmed deaths. As the virus makes its way around the world, we’ve seen communities struggle with creating a unified response, the lack of immunity or a vaccine, and the vastly different protocols from country to country.
COVID-19 is NOT the flu.
(Image: © Alfred Pasieka/Science Photo Library via Getty Images)
While we don’t have exact percentages yet (the data is still coming in, and the estimates are not set in stone), the thinking so far is that COVID-19 is significantly more deadly than the flu- especially for those with cardiovascular issues, compromised immune systems, and those with respiratory problems.
It’s important to understand that while some estimates of the coronavirus fatality rate have been as high as 3-4%, we’re still working with limited numbers. Basically, these high original estimates came from people who were sick enough to get tested even with limited local resources and supplies. There may have been many other cases that didn’t get detected, thus making it seem like the death rate is a lot higher than it actually is.
“In fact, a recent New England Journal of Medicine report states that the fatality rate of the new coronavirus infection "may be considerably less than 1%." 
However, since neither the 4% or the 1% estimates are a for-sure thing, and since unlike the flu there are no vaccines or natural immunity when it comes to coronavirus, the international community is erring on the side of caution.
It’s worth pointing out that most of the deaths so far have come from immunocompromised, elderly, or already sick people  – AND it’s also worth pointing out that just because you are not in one of those categories doesn’t mean that someone at your club, in your friend group, or in your community wouldn’t risk serious harm or even death by coming in contact with COVID-19.
The US Healthcare response leaves much to be desired.
The US government has dragged its feet on this one. Right now, it looks like the coronavirus has been here for much longer than was originally reported – and like it’s already made its way into many communities:
“Existing regulations and red tape — sometimes designed to protect privacy and health — have impeded the rapid rollout of testing nationally, while other countries ramped up much earlier and faster. Faced with a public health emergency on a scale potentially not seen in a century, the United States has not responded nimbly.”
While we can’t look into the future to guess what the spread of this virus will mean for the health and safety of local and global communities, and while going into full blown panic mode will NOT make the situation any better (please, breathe, wash your hands, then breathe again),
it’s worth thinking about the consequences of this outbreak on our industry and on the world economy at large.
Read the next article for a little bit of information on the potential economic effects of coronavirus on our business (and all business), and if you’d like to skip that one and just get to some tips on getting your money right at this time, click here.
First image source:
 Useful time to stop for a definition: “a pandemic is declared when a new disease for which people do not have immunity spreads around the world beyond expectations.”
 “Regarding the fatality rate, it appears that the risk of death after the pandemic coronavirus infection (estimated at 3% to 4%) is less than it was for SARS (11%) and MERS (35%), but may be higher than the risk from seasonal flu (0.1%). However, the numbers circulating right now for this new coronavirus are likely to be adjusted over time, as more people are tested and reporting becomes more consistent.”, How deadly is COVID-19?
. “The death toll skews old even more strongly. Overall, China CDC found, 2.3% of confirmed cases died. But the fatality rate was 14.8% in people 80 or older, likely reflecting the presence of other diseases, a weaker immune system, or simply worse overall health. By contrast, the fatality rate was 1.3% in 50-somethings, 0.4% in 40-somethings, and 0.2% in people 10 to 39. The age-related death risk probably reflects the strength, or weakness, of the respiratory system. About half of the 109 Covid-19 patients (ages 22 to 94) treated at Central Hospital of Wuhan, researchers there reported, developed acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), in which fluid builds up in the small air sacs of the lungs. That restricts how much air the lungs can take in, reducing the oxygen supply to vital organs, sometimes fatally; half of the ARDS patients died, compared to 9% of patients who did not develop the syndrome. Who is getting sick, and how sick? A breakdown of coronavirus risk by demographic factors