Recently the Sydney Morning Herald featured a headline, “COVID-19: This too shall pass … like a kidney stone”. Whilst true, in the meantime, people will in the short term tend to overreact, fanned by the media’s innate predisposition to sensationalise. The result will be that many will be initially paralysed followed by inevitable panic. This situation is not conducive to appropriate rational behaviour or appropriate solutions that could minimise the impact on our economy.

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