You have good reason to distrust the government. Just a couple of months ago the government told you this was a hoax, that there was nothing to worry about because in April, when it warms up a bit, the virus was going to just go away! Now, in the midst of all these dead and horribly dying people, their story is changed.
I agree that “panic” is always the wrong approach. There is a short, gray haired guy, a Dr. Fauci, who seems to be one of the few people with the knowledge and the authority to speak the truth. Panic, IMO, is never a good option. I’ll just trying to do what that guy says and ignore the politicians.
I kind of like the life I’m living and I’d like it to stay that way for a while longer. I’ll deal with the shortages and my diminishing life’s savings because I believe the shelves will be restocked soon enough, and that the markets will come back again. I’ve lived through gasoline shortages, a recession, the threat of world-wide famine, and a lot of crackpots with end-of-world predictions. It all worked itself out okay. If we follow the sane advice that’s floating around, this will work out okay, too.