I’m concerned about comparisons people are making to influenza. Unfortunately, most people don’t think influenza is a big deal and are waving this virus off to be similar. Even doctors and scientists are comparing the two and saying things like ‘why don’t we care this much about flu?’. I get it on some level, but we also have antivirals and vaccines for influenza to at least slow spread. We have none of that for this virus.
There is an interesting story about the 1918 influenza pandemic in Philadelphia. In September the city hosted a parade. Three days later every bed in every hospital in the city was full (31 hospitals) and just over a week later 2500+ people had died. I don’t think this virus is as deadly so we shouldn’t worry about that kind of impact per se, but we should worry about large scale gatherings especially in cities and states that are not robustly testing for the virus.