I'll try to keep it short, but mostly this is going to come out as a stream of consciousness.
First, I will say that it is surprising to me that there are not more (or any!) threads about this virus. Perhaps most people are not worried, and even more (especially outside of China) don't really know what is going on. If you do not know, I will educate you on some basic facts:
1) China is in turmoil. Take the following with a grain of salt, the number could be inaccurate, but I have seen multiple reports that about half of their population is in some state of quarantine. Meaning, about 10% of the world's population is currently in quarantine. Actually stop and think about that for a minute.
2) The actions of the CCP in China, in combination with the virus, is creating civil unrest in China. It is possible we may see large political events and maybe even an attempt at revolution in China. But it is also important to ask why China is taking the extreme actions that it is in response to the virus.
3) Reported numbers all around the world (in terms of confirmed cases) do not make much sense. It would be super fantastic if the numbers reported are at all accurate, but the numbers simply don't make sense. There are many many reasons right now to doubt official numbers. I think it may be in people's best interest to consider the possibility that authorities might view suppression of panic and maximization of economy as more important than transparency. It's really really naive to think that those with the most power and influence in the world are both competent enough and caring enough to look out for you through all of the world's dangers.
To summarize, what I am getting at here, is that people need to start paying attention to what is going on with this virus. If you want to dismiss it by comparing it to other recent viral outbreaks, then actually do your due diligence and then compare actual statistics and information to that of other outbreaks. I am not trying to scare anyone, and I'd love for nothing to come of this. But the reality is right now that the state of the virus *currently* is going to have huge economic repercussions already, and these effects are going to be even more profound if the spread of the virus continues.
Let's open up a discussion. I am prepared to defend my position.