Okay, so let me just clarify one thing before I elaborate. This is not meant to offend anyone who was affected by the coronavirus that has everyone scared. These are just my thoughts and I am curious to hear yours.
UPDATE: School closed for me for the rest of the year.
So. 'The coronavirus'.
People are scared.
I can understand that families with young children or elderly folks in them would be right to be afraid. After all, the fatality rate in those two groups is around 3%, which is quite high for a virus.
But what about older children, teens, young adults, and adults?
Those groups tend to have stronger immune systems, and the fatality rate is closer to that of the flu.
So why is everyone freaking out? Why is society shutting itself down for this?
Basically, it comes down to this.
People aren't scared of the flu because it happens every year. They think, "Oh, we have it under control."
Enter 'the coronavirus'. It's new, it's different, and we don't have a cure.
Now, enter panic and confusion.
Schools are being closed. Universities are being closed. We're basically having a glorified "oh, I'm scared of something new" tantrum here.
In all seriousness, we shouldn't be going insane here. Again, the immunocompromised are at risk, but they're also at risk from the flu.
I don't care about the coronavirus. Even if people say that I'm one of the ones at risk because I have a really bad immune system, I still don't care, because I'm pretty sure that I have had it in the last month.
So, what do you think? Is humanity doing the right thing here or is this completely unfounded?
IN A NUTSHELL:
Everyone is overreacting and it's stupid. We need to worry about young children (<4) and elders (55+). That said, it can kill others and we should take precautions to make sure that that doesn't happen.