This is a very accurate assessment. I work as an Inventory Manager in a hospital actually. I’m the guy who orders those 3M N95 respirator masks that everyone’s freaking out about. Trust me, it has made my job very interesting to say the least.
The reason it’s a big deal is because it poses such a danger to the elderly and our children, and any others who are immunocompromised. But then again, so does the flu, and we hardly ever talk about how many people die of that, at least not in the spotlight on the news.
Coronavirus is being used to create a panic, and even so far as to attempt and influence the opinions of the public to paint China and its culture in an undesirable shade, at least here in the US. As an example, I have had co-workers show me videos of Chinese people drinking bat blood that were aired on the news here. The guy then went on to explain that’s how it spread to people. Meanwhile I’m like okay, cultures are different, everyone eats things everyone else thinks is strange. Let’s focus on containing it and treating it rather than using it as a platform for discriminating against other cultures.