The Covid-19 virus (aka Wuhan virus; aka Chinese virus; aka Corona virus; aka CCP virus) pandemic is my fourth pandemic.
1. Asian flu pandemic 1957. Well, I was a toddler so I don't recall so much. Apparently that year measles were a greater threat to me. Measles hospitalized me; I was packed in ice to reduce my temperature.
2. Hong Kong flu pandemic 1967-1968. I remember this one well; I was a teenager. We were on vacation at Carlsbad Caverns. In a crowded cafeteria we shared a table with a woman from the West Coast who was sniffling and snuffling. After we got home we all came down with the flu. It was bad. My Dad took it the worst. He was a three-pack-a-day smoker and he ended up in the hospital with double pneumonia. It damn near killed him. No ventilators then, just an oxygen tent. In the USA 100,000 death were attributed to the Hong Kong flu. There were a million deaths world wide. If they quarantined anyone I never heard of it. Businesses did not close. Life went on. I don't remember any crisis mentality.
3. Swine flu pandemic 2009-2010. I don't recall this Swine flu pandemic nearly as well as I remember the 1976 Swine flu outbreak. I think the press kept the reporting low-key.
4. CCP virus pandemic. Of all the many names for the current pandemic I like CCP pandemic best of all: Chinese Communist Party pandemic. I found that names in the Epoch Times. Because I am retired my life in the 'lock down' is not much different than before. Just glad I live in a rural area where I can go outside and walk around all I want. The biggest differential I have noticed between this pandemic and the earlier pandemics is the damn, awful 24/7 news coverage. So much jabbering from people who have a lot of opinions and not enough facts or good sense. Unfortunately my husband insists on watching one of the business news channels all day long. I expect people discussing business to be rational. Instead there is way too much hair-on-fire disinformation.
Since everyone else is jabbering, here's my bit: I think the lock down has reached the point where the Law of Unintended Consequences is taking over. Those Consequences will soon be more harmful than anything the lock down is intended to prevent. The effects on mental health and the economy are becoming a greater risk to our well being than the virus.