There is so much conflicting information out there. There is so much de ja vous regarding overhyped epidemics that never amounted to much.
I always forget I don't have the perspective of a layperson.
I've never found previous epidemics "overhyped", found the public health responses warranted and recognize that those responses are likely why it doesn't get as bad as people think it should.
I also think people have a grossly misinformed idea of what a pandemic means.
Personally I've refrained from offering an opinion on how to deal with Dos Equis virus because I am unsure of the severity and potential implications of it.
#16 | POSTED BY JEFFJ
That information is out there. Even if you were skeptical of the numbers being released by the Chinese, we now have good info from Italy and Iran, which are pretty close to each other, and isn't that far off from the stats from China.
3-3.5% aggregate case fatality rate.
Less than 1% if your younger than your 50's and healthy (ie without underlying health conditions). Percentages then rise steadily through 60's, 70's and 80's, probably because of the prevalence of preexisting conditions in those age brackets.
Preexisting conditions that seem to be a problem are what you'd expect-cancer, hypertension, chronic lung diseases, diabetes or cardiovascular diseases.