Every time a new disease appears in the news, it causes a mass panic as people understandably get scared that they may be at risk. Suddenly, every sniff and every cough is placed under minute scrutiny. The latest outbreak to hit the news is the Coronavirus, and once again, this has caused a huge amount of fear and uncertainty. Again, this is understandable.
But is there really cause for such alarm? While the coronavirus is certainly scary, and definitely not to be taken lightly, it is also is important to maintain a sense of perspective.
Coronavirus is most comparable to the flu, in terms of its symptoms and the way it spreads. And just like the flu, it is most dangerous to those populations already considered at risk: the elderly, very young, or previously unwell.