The current global panic about coronavirus is likely overblown, holds Holly Secon of Business Insider. Even though the virus has a very low fatality rate, people are reacting with disproportionate fear because it is new and relatively unknown. In the US, the average person is more likely to die from the common flu. Many people that contracted coronavirus have already recovered. So far, its mortality rate is around 2%, lower than SARS, which caused a similar panic. This is a natural psychological reaction, fearing a new and unknown disease. However, coronavirus appears to be a lot less threatening than some may believe.
The coronavirus could prove to be incredibly devastating if not countered effectively, asserts Hassan Damluji in the Gulf News. While the disease is relatively contained, for now, the fact that we don't fully understand it means it could spread in unforeseen ways. The biggest risk is posed by coronavirus reaching countries whose health infrastructure isn't prepared to detect, contain and treat it. In our growingly interconnected world, such a scenario poses a risk to all countries. Diseases can spread rapidly, especially if those infected don't show symptoms right away. Coronavirus is still far away from many countries, but that can change very quickly.