Naturally, there are those who immediately assume (!) that anything put out by FEMA is a lie.
Seriously, if you happen to find the Twitter thread in which FEMA lists these myths, don't read the comments.
I refrained from reading comments to this one:
Meanwhile, in Washington State...
Apparently, government assets are seizing consumer goods from store shelves...
Great job!! Now, PLEASE SET UP SHELTER IN PLACE!!!! People aren’t staying home or practicing social distancing! This is at Rattlesnake Ledge today!! pic.twitter.com/S84ewSOPDn— Fledra Hamill (@fledra_hamill) March 21, 2020
And the response is to beg the governor to lock the entire state down.
Look, social distancing and all that is a good idea; as an introvert, it's what I do anyway. But The Roads Must Roll; as a Son of Martha myself, the idea that we should all just hunker down and let everything stop because the grasshoppers have succumbed to hysteria disgusts me.
(OK, too many literary allusions in there, sorry, not sorry.)
And part of why I tweeted
Do I really believe that one or more governors, possibly coordinated, decided "I know! I'll ruin the economy in the pretense of preventing the spread of the pandemic! That'll show that Bad Orange Man!"
No. They may think that what they're doing will really help, they may think they have to Do Something and this is all they can come up with, or maybe they think they have to be seen to Do Something, which is, after all, a common motivation for elected or appointed officials to Do Something Counterproductive and/or Stupid...
Although I do not rule out the possibility that the thought occurred to them that the bright side of a crash would be that Presidents are not usually re-elected when the economy turns bad.
UPDATE: And just like that, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer make the question of "Would Democrats trash the economy to get Trump?" look a little more rational...