The thing is— could be nothing, could be a nationwide tragedy.
You don’t know until you know, and then when it’s your grandma who dies, you want to know why nobody told you how bad this thing could be.
Or… you can suffer through overreaction and silly TP hoarding and prepare yourself.
Human nature only allows for one of these eventualities to be true— either we’re surprised and pissed, or warned ad naseum and either hoarding or laughing.
Whether you’re scared or a tough guy right now, most of us would rather be ready for what we might be facing.
Most of the scared folks and the tough guys will be making jokes about Coronavirus in five years… unless you love one of the 50 or 500 or 5000 who perish, and you spend the rest of your life wondering if as a society we did enough.
You don’t have to like it, but wash your hands and be a decent human being until this thing passes. And then continue to do those things after it passes, too.