And you are still trying to defend things even though the outbreak is on?
No. He's of the opinion (like I am) that it's premature to assume this will be of epic proportions. A 2% fatality rate from less than 1,000 reported cases is still good odds. Now if you tell me that the fatality rate is 25% or higher, yes there's ample reason for concern.
Seriously, more and more cases are being confirmed, and it is already known that the virus is highly contagious, yet you still just think it is nothing to worried about?
The fact that a virus can spread between people doesn't mean it's "highly" contagious. If it were "highly" contagious, it would be treated as a BSL 4 pathogen, to the point where all airports would shut down and people would be screened and quarantined.
The bottom line is, nobody knows how deadly this virus is as-is. Is it like SARS where even normally healthy people in 20s/30s get killed by it? Or is it more similar to flu epidemic? Nobody knows. But hey, taking precautions is "overworrying" and "freaking out"?
It's one thing to take precautions; it's another to declare that it'll be the end of the world. I mean, here you are contradicting yourself by saying that no one knows how deadly this virus is, but at the same time saying that it's highly contagious.
Screening passengers and ensuring health authorities are equipped is not "freaking out". Saying that the "virus is super contagious and OMG we now have a case in the US and we'll get more because this virus is super contagious" IS.
BTW, first confirmed case in both Macau and HK today. The latter was somebody that came from Wuhan to transit to a flight to MNL (with his family being on the flight to MNL).
Let's be honest: the Far East is not known for having the highest quality of hygiene. And with airlines wanting to turn airplanes around as fast as possible, this isn't like in 2003 where planes would be cleaned inside before loading passengers.
Should we keep an eye out for further developments? Absolutely. Should we keep up our guard. Hell yeah. But how about we wait for more data to come out to fully understand how dangerous this virus is? Let's not turn into Republicans like during the 2014 Ebola outbreak who insisted that Ebola was gonna come to the US and destroy us. As Cerecl pointed out, the seasonal flu has killed more people per year than this.