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The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 1,500 points, or 6%, following similar drops in Europe after a fight among major crude-producing countries jolted investors already on edge about the widening fallout from the outbreak of the new coronavirus. AP Photo/Richard Drew

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 1,500 points, or 6%, following similar drops in Europe after a fight among major crude-producing countries jolted investors already on edge about the widening fallout from the outbreak of the new coronavirus. AP Photo/Richard Drew

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 1,500 points, or 6%, following similar drops in Europe after a fight among major crude-producing countries jolted investors already on edge about the widening fallout from the outbreak of the new coronavirus. AP Photo/Richard Drew

When events are cascading faster than standard calculation allows, routine responses seldom suffice.

We are facing a crisis where we build the circumstances of either failure or success. Health Minister Simon Harris has said the coronavirus outbreak could become very serious, given its rapid escalation.

In short, family, work and school life could all be severely disrupted. The sort of European crowd-control measures we are witnessing in France and Italy are inevitable.