Regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, please do not listen to Bette Grande ("Fear not facts" published March 22) or anyone who lacks the critical thinking skills to understand that we absolutely should heed the recommendations of experts. (And please, Bette, don't search for the rare individual within the scientific community whose single scientifically unsupported statement might align with your own opinion. You’ll usually find one, if you look hard enough.) 

When we have a viral epidemic or pandemic, we need to consult the epidemiologists, immunologists, virologists and health care professionals whose expertise will help us. We should listen to well-informed government leaders who direct the public to implement practices based on the recommendations of scientific professionals. 

Please don’t spread rumors that citizens are panicking, when instead we are preparing and complying with what scientific and health care experts have asked us to do to contain this virus quickly. If we all comply, our lives and the economy will get back to normal sooner rather than later. 

Most importantly, the number of people harmed or killed by COVID-19 will be kept to the lowest possible level. Afterwards, our experts need to carefully examine how this pandemic arose, determine what we did right, what we did wrong, and what we need to do better worldwide in the future, because this will happen again. 

Adequate preparation and prompt dissemination of correct information to the public is the best defense.