Letter to Editor

On the Hysteria over the Coronavirus

To the Editor:

I am a long-time reader of The National Herald and I appreciate your continuing coverage of the coronavirus and its spread, but I would like to say that this is not the first time that a disease has spread and caused such panic worldwide. I want to remind everyone that most of us alive today are the descendants of people who survived the Black Death which wiped out an estimated 75 to 200 million people in Eurasia, peaking in Europe from 1347 to 1351. And people in the Middle Ages didn’t wash their hands nearly as much as people do today.

The panic in the media seems to be exacerbated by social media as everyone shares whatever nonsense they see and then it gets posted all over. It seems like people are either freaking out or completely ignoring the advice of doctors and scientists. I saw someone this morning on the subway wiping his nose with his hands. We need to be cautious but have common sense. Wash your hands as you should be anyway and don’t touch your face. You also should never lick subway poles; that’s just wrong.

Charalambos Papavasiliou

Sacramento, CA



To the Editor: It has come to my attention through friends who work in the New York City public schools that this year, due to the fact that Orthodox Easter is May 5, and Roman Catholic Easter is on March 31, New York City public school students and staff will not have off on Orthodox Good Friday as they have had in the past when the holidays were a week apart, for example, or when Orthodox Easter happened to coincide with the school system’s spring break.

Top Stories


A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.


Nikki Haley Wins the District of Columbia’s Republican Primary and Gets Her First 2024 Victory

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nikki Haley has won the Republican primary in the District of Columbia, notching her first victory of the 2024 campaign.

WASHINGTON  — Vice President Kamala Harris and other top Biden administration officials held talks on Monday with a member of Israel’s wartime Cabinet who came to Washington in defiance of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

WHITESTONE, NY – Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Whitestone celebrated its 49th anniversary with a luncheon following the Divine Liturgy on March 3.

‘Apokries’ or Carnival features merriment and meat-eating before the start of Great Lent.