I'm scared. At this point, we all should be. There have been reported confirmed cases in Singapore, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, the US, Thailand, the UK, and in my country, Australia.
From all that I've gathered, this form of coronavirus (because it's a freaking sub-category of viruses) infected a human after mutating from an animal. I've heard it be a snake and also that it could have originated from a seafood port in Wuhan. Point is, it is now infecting humans and it is being transmitted person to person.
^ Drugs don't work or haven't been proved otherwise. A vaccine is being worked on at the University of Queensland (Australia) but that isn't expected in 4 months at the earliest.
It's concerning that people are being temperature checked despite that these symptoms take roughly 10 days to show. It looks like the virus doesn't transmit if the host doesn't feel these symptoms, but that's only speculation on my part. A lot of people believe that the Chinese government is also sugar-coating statistics to keep people calm, lying about the number of infected cases in the country. It's not working either; video has shown a man resisting as a group of paramedics attempt to keep him in an ambulance.
Some news reports assure that most if not all people who have died from the virus were over 60 years old, the youngest being in their 40s. I've watched a video where they claim that those people mostly had pre-existing conditions where their immune systems were already weakened, making it virtually impossible to fight off the infection.
This is looking to be a pandemic very soon, especially when reporters compare this to SARS and the flu. It's very contagious and can take lives. Apparently the death toll is around 3% of infected patients, but can we trust that? There's already rumors that China's government is lying about these kinds of figures. While it seems ethical, we shouldn't be living like this is nothing and that it should die out. We need to know how incredibly serious this is and could be so we can take necessary precautions for our own health and the well-being of others.
It's very concerning, and it's something we simply cannot write off yet.