Trump is right.
Those are words you won’t hear from me very often. The coronavirus is serious, but it’s very similar to SARS, and that global issue was contained with few deaths and no outbreaks after the first 15 months back in 2002-2003.
Deaths with CV, as with SARS, is mostly among the very old or those with very seriously weak immune systems.
The number of people who have contracted the virus who are asymptomatic (ie fine) almost certainly dwarfs those showing symptoms.
This is going to be a virus that rockets around the world, and makes a lot of folks (millions) miserable for a week to 10 days, but this is not the Bubonic plague, and it’s not 1350.
Malaria, diarrhea, and the flu are much bigger issues, but are not novel. And, it should be said, all three of those age-old killers are in decline.
The overall global mortality and illness rates will continue to decline as they have for decades.
Yes, there will be a brief rumble in trade and transportation, but it will not last too long (a few months), and hand-washing protocols and a closing of Asian wildlife markets will benefit all.
I am keeping my money in the stock market.
Want to be extra careful? Good! Drive slower, stop drinking alcohol and soda, put trigger locks on any guns you own, eat less cheese, and hold on to the rail when going down steps.
TO BE CLEAR: This post IN NO WAY suggests Trump is handling this right. Nor is it to suggest that there will not be thousands of real deaths. Trump made a science-denying idiot virus-czar (Pence), and his press conference was a shit-show of ignorance, blame-shifting, and incoherence. This is NOT who you want in charge. But the virus is what it is, has no political party, and will run its course in free-market democracies and totalitarian dictatorships alike.
Be calm, and carry on.