Stress, rumors, even violence: Virus fear goes viral

Fears of coronavirus have turned cities into hospital wards, with armies of masked commuters shooting dirty looks at the slightest cough or sneeze. Fear can do more harm than the virus.

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February 25, 2020 - 9:47 AM

People wearing respiratory masks wait to be given a 10-minute access to shop in a LIDL supermarket in groups of 20 people on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020 in Casalpusterlengo, southwest Milan, Italy. Casalpusterlengo is one of the 10 small towns placed under lockdown earlier this morning as a second death from coronavirus sparked fears throughout the Lombardy region. Photo by (Emanuele Cremaschi/Getty Images/TNS)

TOKYO (AP) — You might have heard that the fear of a new virus from China is spreading faster than the actual virus. 

From earnest officials trying to calm a building panic. From your spouse. From the know-it-all who rattles off the many much more likely ways you’re going to die: smoking, car accidents, the flu. 

None of it seems to matter. 

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