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    The main issue with this one, I think, is that there is no antivirus drug nor a vaccine found yet. Other than that, my impression is that it's no worse than previous pandemics. If I were to get it, my main concern would be not spreading it around and especially to my elderly parents. As with previous outbreaks e.g. H1N1, it's people who have a weak immune system e.g. people who take immunosuppressants, elderly, very young children etc who are at risk of dying.

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    I have a friend who was booked on the Diamond Princess for a cruise around Japan in 2 weeks time.
    Thank goodness Princess cruises cancelled this, as travel insurance would not have covered a cancellation by him.
    A news reporter called it a "floating petri dish"

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    Originally Posted by boltnrun
    More people die from the flu each year in my country (US) than from coronavirus. We just don't see news reports about the flu because it's not as much fun for the news reporters.
    This.

    It's unfortunate that it has created such a panic globally :( maybe this will finally be the end of the wild animal markets.

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    Not really hearing much fear being spread on this side of the world, but then, I try not to pay too much attention to the hysterical nature of media today. My concern is the supply chain I manage with several of my Chinese suppliers still not back from Chinese New Years because of it. I am concerned about many of the people I deal with down that way, and it's a lot of work putting in back up supply chains.

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    I personally think anything that comes near having a Spanish Flu impact worldwide in the 21st century will be a result of some kind of concerted biological attack, not an off-the-cuff mutation (knock on wood). SARS and especially MERS are also coronaviruses which are far more deadly, but we've thus far come out fine. While this one is spreading much quicker and has killed more people, it's due to sheer numbers rather than odds. Additionally, with the most impacted areas having lacked adequate medical facilities upon the outbreak, it looks like environment is playing a bigger role than the virus itself. If I were older, I'd probably be much more personally worried. Of course I wouldn't encourage elderly friends and family to visit affected areas. I also probably won't be traveling internationally more for the potential headache attempting reentry should someone in the plane or the plane that took off from the same airport two hours ago have symptoms. Zero interest in ending up like that cruise ship.

    That's not to downplay the virus. I'd much rather have the common flu than it. It's just always a good idea to employ a healthy balance of appreciation for a free press while keeping in mind the very real profit driven strategy of "if it bleeds, it leads."

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    The only precautions we're taking is what we normally would take to prevent flu, and we're monitoring it since we might go to Europe this summer, but not Italy.

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    Originally Posted by boltnrun
    More people die from the flu each year in my country (US) than from coronavirus. We just don't see news reports about the flu because it's not as much fun for the news reporters.
    The Coronavirus is about 20% deadlier than the flu, actually. Just because more people have died from the flu thus far, doesn’t mean the Coronavirus isn’t a larger threat. 0.2% of people with the flu will die. With the Coronavirus, that number rises to 20% — And that’s only based off of the reported cases so far. It’s likely a higher %.

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    I get spooked easily by these things. Moreso at the carelessness of others. It's amazing how many people don't take even basic measures to prevent spreading illness. And simple things we could be doing, we don't.
    Example, I had to go the passport office this month. The place is small and packed, and there isn't even a handwashing station near by. I went to the washroom, and people aren't even washing their hands.
    Cheap as dirt to put in a hand washing station before you enter the office, but no one has done that. It's only one example, but the laissez faire attitude in general of people and the govts spook me.

    Only slightly related, we had a fast-food joint in this city burn down. People were still in line while the place was visibly on fire. It's a bit extreme, but I think a good chunk of people take this approach in life. Just carry on no matter what, business as usual. That's what scares me. I don't really trust the judgement of most people.

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    There are a veritable host of things you could die from everyday that have greater odds than this current health scare. Life is a risk, that is part and parcel of the deal. Living in fear is a choice. Gets great ratings. Tune in tomorrow and see who gets hit next. Great entertainment, if you're into that sort of thing. Doesn't interest me in the least.

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    Originally Posted by maew
    This.

    It's unfortunate that it has created such a panic globally :( maybe this will finally be the end of the wild animal markets.
    Is that where it originated from, I thought it was from farms?

    I seriously doubt it would end the trade, as it is cultural.

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