I see this as a vastly overblown event.
Every year we have flu season and during that six months, 10's of thousands of people die in the US. The CDC estimates in 2017/18, US deaths were as high as 61,000 died. Worldwide in the high 100,000's, with most flu deaths occurring in people over 65. Starting to sound familiar?
In 2009, we had the Swine Flu, I don't even remember it. I do remember taking a class at JC Campbell, we still ate family style, ten strangers sharing serving palates and utensils. And by the way, JC Campbell has no hand washing stations in the dining hall.
Now mind you, I'm one of those folks that get sick easy. In 2000, I got laid out quick and hard with a flu that once gone, left me with no sense of smell. It was over two years before it returned and I still can't smell most flowers.
In Jan 2015, while at JC Campbell I started to feel a “cold” coming on Wednesday. By Friday morning it was so severe, I left class early and barely made it home. For the next 2 weeks, I was laid flat with symptoms near identical with CV. On week 3, most of the coughing and congestion was gone, but the pressure I felt on my chest and the difficulty in breathing was still persisting. I finally went to a hospital outstation. After a lot of blood work, x ray, and poking & prodding, the doctor said “Sorry, I can't find anything”. It was over a month before I could work.
So in spite of being a guy that gets 'sick' easy and 60 years old, I'm not seeing anything that makes me see this as anything but a severe flu. Yes, it's caused me to become more diligent about washing my hands, but that's something I should have already been doing. If it wasn't for the news and social media feeding frenzy, this would be getting about as much attention as the swine flu and wouldn't be consider anything more then another particularly bad flu. Excuse me, bad cold, since it's the same family as the common cold.