I think many American’s didn’t start to ‘get it’ until one of 4 things happened–either they saw the market crash, they heard the president speak, they had all their schools/sports teams shut down, or Tom Hanks or some other famous person tested positive.
I worked in health care for the last 35 years. This is going to be a big deal–financially, medically, socially.
Right now they’re predicting a 1% mortality rate here. Italy is at 6.3% as of Wednesday.
Assuming the best (1%)–we’ve never had to deal with ~350K dead people in the US. This is not going to be something we skate through.
I think that our reliance on China for all things medical is simply terrifying. Our inability to adequately test for the virus is leading to more contagion–as an example–right now, health care workers who have been exposed (and potentially contagious) are not tested until they are symptomatic.
From my perspective, be smart and don’t panic. Prepare wisely, plan for the worst–plan on being infected and quarantined for at least a couple of weeks. Best case, it’s a mild illness and you’re good to go.
And while I’m concerned about being infected (asthma and chronic bronchitis are risk factors for complications), I’m more concerned about spreading it. So I’m staying home as much as I can, besides walking the dog.