Coronavirus — To Panic, Or Not To Panic? That Is The Question.

For some reason, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases — Dr. Nancy Messonnier — decided to issue a warning, stating that community transmission of coronavirus is inevitable. She told reporters that it’s not a matter of if, but when.

In an attempt to calm down the U.S. population, the Department of Health and Human Services (H.H.S.) officials held a press briefing today (Feb 25, 2020) to provide information on the ongoing U.S. response to COVID19.

The same day Larry Kudlow, director of the U.S. National Economic Council, joined CNBC’s Kelly Evans to discuss the possible impact of the coronavirus on the U.S. economy and the stock market.

Ladies and gentlemen don’t overreact.

Be extremely cautious, be alert, but keep calm.

It appears that Dr. Messonnier lost her cool and, without consulting anyone in the Department of Health and Human Services, decided to press a panic button.

Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the C.D.C.’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters:

Ultimately, we expect we will see community spread in this country.

and then added,

It’s not so much a question of if this will happen anymore, but rather more of a question of exactly when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illness

Don’t misunderstand. I’m not suggesting that everything is fine and dandy. The events in South Korea and Italy are a clear example of how quickly the situation can go from being under control to total disaster. But I don’t think that it is a good idea to shout “fire” in a crowded theater because there’s a chance that a fire will break out.

D.H.H.’s approach to the coronavirus situation.

D.H.H. Services Press Conference.

Published by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
on Feb 25, 2020

N.E.C’s approach to the coronavirus situation.

Interview with Larry Kudlow.

Published by CNBC.
on Feb 25, 2020

If it comes to number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in U.S. as of Feb. 25th we have:

  • Cases detected here in the United States involving travel to China or close contacts with those travelers – 14
  • Cases among Americans repatriated from Wuhan – 3
  • American passengers repatriated from the Diamond Princess – 40

No deaths have been reported. Hopefully, it will stay this way.


I decided to drop the Johns Hopkins corona tracker and switch to Worldometer’s COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC tracker. It’s not as good looking as the one from Johns Hopkins but provides more information.

  • Currently Infected Patients (Active Cases)
  • Patients in Mild Condition
  • Patients in Serious or Critical Condition
  • Closed Cases (Recovered / Discharged and Deaths)

Data on testing at The COVID Tracking Project. (US totals and state by state numbers.)

It’s also a good idea to read this article: Evidence over hysteria — COVID-19. (It looks like this post was taken down by Medium. Will see if it come back.) The material is still on at this location.

If you rather use tracker from Johns Hopkins, use this link. Remember, however, that in order to get the number of people presently infected (active cases) you must subtract “Total Deaths” and “Total Recovered” from “Total Confirmed”.

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