It's clear people have no idea what a true crisis or emergency is on a mass scale. Yes, on an individual level a few of us might have experienced a trauma or two, but on a collective scale, we haven't. Because many, especially in the West, haven't gone without, haven't experienced deprivation or lack, and haven't had to test their survival instincts through war or natural disaster. Even when nature strikes, the infrastructure is still in place to support and help.
Because we haven't experienced a collective crisis, our Monster Mind fills in the dots with all kinds of predictions, forecasts, and obsessions about knowledge like needing-to-know and needing-to-be-certain. Sometimes this is referred to as a "wild imagination".
Hollywood and mass media have done a fine job, worthy of an Oscar in the category of "Predictive Programming", in priming the public for a pandemic. It doesn't take much now for mass media's imaginations to go absolutely wild. The Pope's public sniffles are an example; how many movies and shows have had plot-lines that include the public figure going down before the virus spreads to the hoi polloi? The Pope was one of the markers that helped spin this news story out of control. Italy in general also contributed. Mandatory testing for nearly everyone coming to and fro your borders will of course uncover more disease, allergies, and problems than if you aren't testing in the first place.
If there was a true mass emergency, it's apparent that our infrastructure - the Federal Government, the authorities, the WHO, the CDC, the IMF, central banks - are not exactly in the strongest positions to help. The mixed messages coming out of them aren't helping either. We are also all assuming these organizations and authorities will always be there, always be in place, and always attract the right people with the right energy to sacrifice themselves for the public good. These are big assumptions about our future.
We take a lot for granted about society. We assume our basic needs will continually be met on large scales. We don't just have grocery stores, but super-stores stocking every exotic, organic, gluten-free, vegan and seasonal ingredient no matter the time of year. We assume airlines will continue to fly across the world, hundreds of times a day, uninterrupted and that the whole balletic air traffic control dance in the sky will continue non-stop. When there is the slightest interruption to any layer of the complexity, there is a collective freak-out. The Coronavirus does reveal how fragile the whole system is. Perhaps this is what we're really fearful about?
I do encounter in my line of work a proportion of the public who is always on high alert for getting sick, getting diseases and constantly monitoring health. These news stories only exacerbate their triggers and internal crosses-to-bear, and my sympathies are with them as it's not easy worrying about your body even during the best of times. But as I said in my video (see "Videos" above, or type Move Within Yoga on YouTube), until it actually affects your life, there is nothing to do or worry about. If it does affect you, trust that you will adapt to the situation. This is why we have instincts and intuition - start cultivating those. And as a plug for what I do, this is why eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, drinking distilled water or spring water, and staying active and fit are musts in a lifestyle: None of this will prevent a disease or crisis, but they will lessen the toll they take on your body, aid the recovery time, and provide peace of mind.