On Feb 15th, there were 15 cases in the US
..1 week later that had doubled (35)
..1 week later that had doubled (68)
..1 week later that had increased six fold (435)
..less than a week later (today) that had increased four fold (1,697)
...Five days later, 50% were recoveries and 50% were deaths
...Six days later, 43% were recoveries and 57% were deaths
So please take effort to consider diff framings of stats (mine too) when they are presented to you
These are not ideas to be pitted against each other, but rather should be considered as parts of the same whole of public health.
The amount of people I've seen acting so blase about the potential of the additional deaths of thousands of people is staggering.
But the more people that get it, the more likely it is to spread to people who will not be fine.
Protecting yourself literally acts to protect others.
But we do need to differentiate between panic and precaution.
Precaution is reducing contact between people by postponing large gatherings and limiting travel between infected and non-infected communities.
You don't have to pick between panic and nonchalance. There is a middle ground, and I hope that we all find it.
Stay safe, everyone.